I have a very basic question and a semi-complicated question. I probably should have come to see you a long time ago, but I’m going to take the better-late-than-never approach. So here goes …
First up: How do you characterize a children’s book that is filled with factual information but has a story built around it. Here’s an example:
I just read a picture book that carefully documents the very real tasks of a police officer but these are illustrated characters, not photos. This is “Anytown, USA” not a known place (like Towson, Maryland).
Is it fiction or nonfiction? Is there a sure-fire way of determining which side of the fence a book like this falls on?
Question 2: Many of us know Easy Readers as a specific category of books for children learning to read. They are generally easy to spot because of their size and also because they have a banner and letter/number system on the front and a code on the title page or back cover. I have read picture books that would seem to make excellent easy reader candidates. Is there a way for a non-educator or librarian to identify those books?
Thank you as always for your helpful advice and guidance.