This grant has enabled the Cleburne Public Library (CPL) to create and begin developing a special Rookie Reader section featuring books for those emergent readers learning to read text independently. This project includes the purchase of 152 new books: 81 nonfiction books, 11 fairytale/folktale books, and 60 fictional stories for truly “rookie readers.” All of these books are at a 1.0 reading level or lower, which is the equivalent of beginning first grade and lower. These new books are in a unique area of the library to help those beginning readers find exactly what they need without being overwhelmed by all the books on the other shelves in the library. Furthermore, the books measure approximately 7”x7”, which is a perfect size for very young hands to hold.
This section features three different imprints by three different book publishers.