The Page Turner
Each issue of The Page Turner will feature a question for our librarian.
What Are Transitional Books,
Your afterschool program library should include a wide variety of Transitional books to help children move from reading picture books to reading full novels on their own.
What Are Transitional Books?
Transitional books are for children who have mastered picture books in the Emergent and Early reader stages but are not yet ready to move on to full novels in the Independent stage. Transitional books are longer and more complex than picture books or first readers such as "I Can Read" books, but not as long and complex as fiction for independent readers such as the Harry Potter books.
Transitional books have more text than emergent picture books. They may contain a few illustrations throughout the text, but the reader must get meaning from the story without the help of pictures on each page. Readers of Transitional books rely heavily on sight words to understand the story. Literacy Connections High-Frequency Sight Words lists sight words that children learn as their skills improve.
Transitional books use simple and consistent sentence structures. Readers at this stage can use and understand basic punctuation such as capital letters, periods, commas, and quotation marks. For more information about Transitional books, visit the Pasco County (FL) Dept of Curriculum and Instruction.
The Transitional reading stage is an exciting one for children. They are building confidence in their reading abilities and are becoming more excited about reading. Children at the Transitional stage may still require some support from adults, but they enjoy reading these books on their own.
How Do I Choose Transitional Books?
Here are some guidelines for choosing Transitional books:
Where Can I Find Lists of Recommended Transitional Books?
Here are some sites that recommend specific Transitional books:
With so many books to choose from, the Transitional reading experience can be enjoyable for your children and for you.