Books for New Adult Readers


books for adult readers
Just FYI, here's the full shopping list we sent to Grass Roots Press:

from "The Page Turners Collections":
  • Page Turners Collection 1 ...
  • Page Turners Collection 2 ...
  • Page Turners Collection 3 ...

from "Grass Roots Readers":
  • Animal Series Set ...
and these individual titles:
  • Saying No ...
  • Fad Diets ...
  • A Good Night's sleep ...
  • How to Find a Good Used Car ...
  • The Hike ...
  • Late Again! ...
  • Where is My Man? ...
  • The Big Surprise ...
  • The Big Question ...
  • The Big Goof ...
  • Tony's Deal ...
  • Just Good Friends ...
  • Mandy's Garage Sale ...

from "Grass Roots Biographies":
  • David Suzuki ...
  • Mother Teresa ...
  • Martin Luther King Jr. ...
  • Harriet Tubman ...
  • Rosa Parks ...
  • Fannie Lou Hamer ...
  • First Woman in Space ...
  • Amelia Earhart ...
  • Laura Secord ...
  • Rick Hansen ...
  • Wayne Gretzky ...
  • Tom Longboat ...

from "Chapter Books":
  • Quick Reads Set ...

from "Health":
  • Living with Stress ...
  • Living with Healthy relationships ...
  • Staying Well (FYI Series) ...

Missing here are some New Readers Press (U.S. link here) titles like the Jack Sloan westerns, the Tony Jefferson mysteries, and the something-or-other Romance Series (by Janet Daily, I think).

There are also some Gatehouse (UK) titles I covet (including The Creature, A Woman On Her Own, New Home Hard Work, Just My Luck, My Red Face).

Something I notice is how reading-focused I am. There are no workbooks, no grammars or dictionaries, no atlases or computer manuals. Other than the health books, these are fiction and non-fiction books offered for the shared joy of reading.

Which is entirely appropriate for a book lending and reading support library like program. In my world, literacy is not always - or even often - about instruction and education.

adult easy reads

2 comments:

Laurie said...

Have you tried the High Interest Books (HIP)? www.hip-books.com

I've purchased several for our library's literacy collection, and I enjoyed reading them too.

-Laurie

Wendell Dryden said...

Nope. Hadn't heard of it before.

From the website:

HIP EDGE novels are designed for students in high school who read at a grade 3-4 level.

Characters are adolescents; plots involve high action, teenage problems and sometimes violence. Reading level: grade 2.0-3.3, Lexile levels 370-540.

A separate 20-page teacher's guide is available for each novel. Price: $12.95 per novel, $7.95 per teacher’s guide … or get the teacher's guide free when purchasing six copies of a single title.

Facilitators will have to decide for themselves if "novels are designed for students in high school" with "teenage problems" for plots will appeal to their adult learners. But this might be an excellent resource for literacy work with youth.