Series Made Simple
Through excellent combinations of simple sentences and full-bleed stock photos, these books inform young readers about helpers in their communities. What sets this series apart from similar titles, such as Rosen Power kids’s “On the Job” series (2010), is that the people in the photos are named—and that these names are easy to read and pronounce. For example, Mail Carriers states, “Cora is on a route. She goes to the same houses each day. Today she has a package. It is for Mr. Ross.” Despite the simplicity of the text, Doctors does not shy away from tough topics, showing a close-up image of a patient receiving an injection and later one of a smiling boy entering an MRI machine accompanied by the text “Ty has cancer. He is in the hospital. Dr. Cole takes care of him.” While the title page of Librarians features a card catalog, the rest of the book shows librarians helping adults and children using computers for research. A note to parents and teachers encourages adults to talk with children as they read the text and explore pictures together. Indeed, this series is ideally suited to modeling dialogic reading in a storytime and expose children to easy nonfiction. Libraries looking to strengthen their easy nonfiction collection will greatly benefit from these additions.