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Fluent Easy Readers

Fluent Easy Readers contain more complex ideas, extended episodes and action and more advanced vocabulary. Many of the fluent titles are part of a series, which means children can enjoy a favorite character over and over in different books.

Children at the fluent reading level will:
  • Be able to decode longer, multi-syllabic words
  • Read chapter books and comprehend most or all of the story
  • Ask the meaning of an unknown word and usually remember it for future use
  • Read aloud expressively and smoothly, using punctuation and sounding like they are speaking

Activities to do at home:
  • Listen to your child read aloud. By listening to their reading you can help your child learn to self-correct errors and use decoding strategies to sound out unfamiliar words. It is also great practice for your child to hear him/herself read in order to work on his/her fluency.
  • Provide your child opportunities to read and reread a variety of stories and informational texts. Have your child read on their own, to a younger sibling or friend or out loud to the family. This will help your child learn fluency, expression and accuracy.
  • Provide your child with a wide range of text types including informational or non-fiction books. This will enhance and develop your child’s reading skills as her/she encounters more difficult words, descriptions and reading materials. But for the most part, your child will improve his/her reading skills through increased practice and repetition.

Books at the fluent level are identified with a blue label on the spine. Many of the fluent books also have red dot stickers, indicating they are chapter books, which is an important milestone for many fluent readers.

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Library Director:  Clara Nalli Bohrer    |    Youth Services Coordinator:  Jill Bickford    |    Early Childhood Specialist:  Emily Vickers

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