[AAACE-NLA] books for adult and older adolescent struggling, emergent and ESL readers...
elise.leonard at gmail.com
Tue Mar 18 17:48:16 EDT 2008
I'm new to this list (as my kids would say, I'm a real "NEWB"), and was wondering if people out there were interested in independent reading (fiction) books for strengthening the reading skills of adult and older adolescent struggling, emergent and ESL readers.
If so, I just wanted to let people know that a new series has just been launched for this target audience. The Junkyard Dan series by Nox Press is written for high school and adult struggling, emergent and ESL readers. It's a cool, easy-to-read series written on a Flesch-Kincaid reading level of 0.9 (a first-grade reading level), and is written for adults, about adults, with adult characters in the style of Law&Order, CSI, or Cold Case. (Except instead of being about dead bodies, each book features a different car found in a junkyard.) These books are not babyish, boring or condescending, and can be used for independent and/or classroom reading to help build the reader's reading muscles and strengthen their skills. There is nothing offensive, dysfunctional or inappropriate in these books--they are just books designed to prove to people who struggle with reading that reading is not hard, and can be fun and interesting. Each weighs in at approximately 100 pages (and no, there are no pictures--they're regular novels).
I probably don't have to tell you that in order to get people reading, you have to provide something that they CAN read, and also give them something they WANT to read. (No more Poky Little Puppy and Dr. Seuss! That's insulting and degrading!) Try Nox Press's Junkyard Dan series. Found at www.NoxPress.com.
Thanks for having this discussion group! If you're here, you obviously care, and I most likely don't have to tell any of you... but... we have to get our nation reading!
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