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Those who are interested in the "easy" non-fiction section might be
interested in reading an article I wrote for Library Talk about six
years ago now.

"A New Section for Beginning Readers: J for Junior Nonfiction" by
Sharron L. McElmeel in Library Talk, Jan/Feb 97, Vol. 10, Issue 1, p

We found the junior nonfiction area to increase readership of
appropriate materials.  In the article we included criteria for
actually selecting which books to include in the section.  It
actually became a VERY popular area even for the more adept readers
who wanted an introduction to a topic.
Sharron McElmeel

At 8:51 AM -0500 5/8/03, rschulte wrote:
>When I started here 5 years ago, I created an Easy Non-Fiction section,
>as well as a Junior Fiction section.  It's been WONDERFUL!!!
>The easy Non fiction is nice because I don't have kindergartners all over
>the library looking for books.  I have the easy animal books, and sport
>books and fairy tales for the K-2 in their own section, so they can find
>books that are interesting.
>The JF section is great, too.  I put all the chapter books that are
>leveled at 2.0-3.9.  These kids have a hard enough time getting through
>their first chapter books, so this makes it easy for htem to find their
>own level of books.  Also, those kids who need this, don't need to be
>trying to weed through my entire collection of Fiction books to find what
>they need.
>I absolutely love having them separated.

Sharron L. McElmeel
Writer/Webkeeper/Educational Consultant
McBookwords --
ph. (319) 393-2562
fax (319) 393-4749
3000 N. Center Point Rd.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52411-9548

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