Friday, June 3, 2016

Small Readers: Weird but Cute Barn Owl by Kathryn Camisa

While I'm looking for more in-depth animal books for my juvenile nonfiction, this cute series from Bearport is just right for my easy reader nonfiction section.

The first spread has text in different shapes and formats, introducing the barn owl. Simple facts about the barn owl's behavior, habits, and unique attributes follow. In addition to the simple sentences on each page, there are additional facts highlighted in hot pink and occasional captions in yellow.

Additional information at the end includes quick profiles on three more owls, a brief glossary, index, and more information.

This is part of Bearport's Little Bits easy reader series. Unlike a typical easy reader, they have a square format, roughly 8x8. Although the endpapers have patterns, the backgrounds of the pages with text are solid white or other colors that don't distract from the words. The photographs match the text well and are engaging.

Although National Geographic is my first go-to for nonfiction easy readers, Bearport is a popular runner-up. Their titles are a little more expensive, coming in the library bound nonfiction range, but they have good deals if you buy sets and will be popular for a long time to come. This new series will please animal-loving young readers and encourage them to keep practicing their reading and learn more.

ISBN: 9781943553273; Published 2016 by Bearport; Review copy provided by publisher; Donated to the library

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