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Writing for the Gifted Education Market

In recent years, gifted education has become a big field. Every year the National Association for Gifted Children hosts a meeting attended by thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators. There are many opportunities to publish in the field of gifted education, ranging from newsletters to books. Before hitting the keyboard

A New Classic Easy Reader: Penny and Her Doll



When you blog about books, the publishers usually send you the books several months before the book is available to the public.

This is because print magazines have a long lead time. It’s a matter of timing. Publishers want reviewers to have enough time to read their books

Easy Readers 101

What is an Easy Reader?


  • For readers kindergarten through second or third grade.


  • Designed to be read by children just learning to read on their own.


  • Books can be 32-64 pages long, fiction or nonfiction, with texts ranging from about 50 words up to 2000 words.


Chapter Books 101

What is a Chapter Book?


  • Called “transitional books” (ages 6-9), or “chapter books” (ages 7-10), these short novels are broken into chapters that average 3-5 pages each.


  • Books range from 64-96 pages; manuscripts average 6000-15,000 words (transitional books being on the shorter end).


  • Characters can be animals, fantasy creatures or

Top 10 Trends in Easy Readers

10. There is now an award for beginning readers. The Geisel Award, the award for beginning readers named after Theodor Seuss Geisel (yes, Dr. Seuss himself!) is “given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during