Novels vs. Easy Books

Though it’s harder to write a novel than an easy book, I enjoy writing easy books due to my background as an elementary teacher. These books are usually chosen by poor or reluctant readers. The easy reader is just that–easy to read. These books are usually one up from a picture book, which most children from age 8 and up regard as babyish. Easy books (mine, anyway) run to about 2500 words. Most publishers seem to want picture books first, then novels, then chapter books, and lastly, easy books. They must not be as cost effective as a picture book. Kids from eight and up look for easy books for a variety of reasons: They’re not too short nor too long, but just right! I wish more publishers would acknowledge their popularity among the elementary school crowd. Have any of you out there had this problem, too?

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