6 Reasons Why Series Books Are Great for Kids/Less Practiced Readers

1. They like them.

If you want someone to get  into reading, they need to like the material. If it gets someone to read, that’s the most important thing.

2. Series books mean recurring characters in a familiar setting. 

This allows readers to practice reading without having to learn a whole new cast of characters and a whole new universe to become familiar with.

It might not seem like a big deal to you or me, but to someone who’s still learning to read it takes off a huge part of the stress of picking up a new book, as it means they can focus on the reading and not on learning new info. 

3. They help readers learn how to pick up things like foreshadowing and clues.

Because series books tend to follow a certain formula (e.g. in Harry Potter Harry starts at the Dursley’s, goes to Hogwarts, has some subplots surrounding a mystery, then faces Voldemort or another villain) readers start becoming trained to pick up certain clues. 

If you ever read any Goosebumps as kid (or Nancy Drew, etc), go back and re-read a copy. I’ll bet you’ll be able to pick out the twists before they happen. That’s because now you know what to look for, even if subconsciously.

4. They build up a child’s confidence in their reading abilities.

Children like big numbers. 

Reading lots of short books in a small period of time feels really impressive and satisfying to them. Remember bragging  to your friends about how you read THREE WHOLE BOOKS over the weekend? Did the fact they were shorter books ever matter? 

5. Series books don’t  discourage kids from reading more complex material. They encourage them.

Less practiced readers tend to read in cycles – they’ll read a few series books then pick up something more challenging then read some easier books, and so on. 

Eventually the series books become too predictable and readers move on to the next level on their own. 

Series books are like taking breaks between climbing up a hill – if you go too fast you crash and decide it’s too hard to keep going. If you pace yourself you make it to the top.

6. Nearly all heavy readers and book lovers began with series books.


Research on reading repeatedly find that heavier readers began by practically inhaling any and all series books they could find, until they got to a point where they were too good at a certain reading level and moved on to the next one (all the while trying a harder book every now and then).

That’s certainly  how I learned.

The first books I read in English were Clifford and Biscuit. Then I moved on to Little Critter and Franklin the Turtle books. I soon moved to chapter books like Magic Tree HouseBailey School Kids, and Captain Underpants.

By Grade 6 (roughly a year after learning English) I scored “Grade 12 or higher” in the provincial reading ability test.

Jamie Benn - Heartbreak Hotel

anon request: Hi love, please can you do a Jamie Benn one based off “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis. Thank you x

okay so i tried my best with this and the italic writings are flashbacks but i did have fun writing this i just don’t know if i wrote it how you wanted it. but i hope you enjoy this!!

requests are open!!

Originally posted by tsegs91

jamie. the only name i could think of right now. the only thing i could think of. he left me, it happened earlier today and now i sit in my apartment all alone thinking about what i could have done to stop him from walking out that door.

“y/n can i talk to you” jamie spoke quietly. i nodded and we took a seat on the couch. “what’s up babe?” i asked. we celebrated our year anniversary about a week ago. he opened his mouth to speak but no words came.

“this has to end” is all that came out of his mouth. “what has to end?” i asked straightening my posture, sitting up more. “us” is all he said. he got up and began walking but i grabbed his hand.

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CultureTHEATER: “Hello Dolly” - 1967 Production

In 1967, Pearl Bailey & Cab Calloway headlined an all-black cast version of the musical on Broadway where it played to sold-out houses. Bailey was given a special Tony Award for her performance and RCA released a second original cast album featuring the performers. 

anonymous asked:

I loved your Lightning Round on Bailey's Book House, and I was hoping you would continue the series in the newer format you introduced. It hasn't been continued in a while, so maybe it's time for a comeback?

Unfortunately the way YouTube works right now, really short videos like that aren’t a wise time investment for me. Instead, I’ve been trying to incorporate the direction I wanted to head with Lightning Round into my Original videos. Any YouTube Poop-esque editing and general silliness is basically what I wanted LR to become, now I’m just doing it on my main videos. 

I’m actually kind of glad it worked out this way, my Originals were feeling a bit stiff to me. I’m feeling much more relaxed with how I make things, now.

anonymous asked:

I really hope David was just joking for the vlog and lets Alex keep bailey at the house

it would be a total dick move if he doesn’t let Alex bring Bailey to their new house. if he is so allergic to rabbits then he shouldn’t have let Alex keep her in the first place…it makes me mad because Alex loves Bailey more than anything and David doesn’t seem to care what happens to her

themozzarellathief  asked:

So with hector visiting his moms house, and bailey seemingly just continuing her adventure, does that mean bailey's side of the comic is going to be farther ahead than hectors for a while?

Yes, for a little bit! I’m not sure how many updates it’ll be until they’re adventures line back up, but there will be a short break that Bailey will take as well at some point so their adventures can line back up. 

anonymous asked:

This is probably old news now but I still don't understand why Alex can't keep Bailey at the new house... If David was truely allergic to her, then why was he able to hold her and play with her in the past, let alone interact all the animals that he brings into the vlogs for content? And do you think it would be weird between Dom and Alex since the whole incident, because if Alex wants to see Bailey he'd have to go back to the apartment?

it just doesn’t make sense. Bailey needs to be wherever Alex is going to spend most of his time, and if that’s still at the apartment then i guess she’s better off there. and i guess it could be weird between them, we don’t know if they’ve gone through anything like this with Dom before.

Why tonight will be the worst.

Tonight, we get ready to say our farewell to Dr. Derek Shepherd. Mr McDreamy. For some, this may not impact them as much. For me, it is everything. Merder was one of the best modern romances in television history. For the last 5 years, this relationship has been something I wanted to aspire to. To love each other, even when you hate each other. Which is easier than it sounds. I watched this relationship evolve over 10 seasons, and it ends in the most cruel way possible. They will never get a lifetime together.

“So what?” people say to me. It’s just a television show. It’s not just a television show to me. This show got me through some of my darkest and twistiest days. This show proved to me that there is some hope somewhere, even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time. Meredith Grey taught me how to fight adversity. Do the impossible. Derek Shepherd taught me life is hard, but if you work hard enough at something, you can achieve your dreams. He had his dream: Meredith, Zola and Bailey, and the house on that beautiful land. He came to the realization that the one’s you love are all that you need. Meredith and Derek may not have been the most realistic couple, but they had real life problems that people fight everyday. Which is why I related to them.

So tonight, it will not be a beautiful night to watch Grey’s Anatomy, nor will it be very fun, but I hope you will join me in watching

But I hope they give Derek the closure he deserves.

RIP Derek Christopher Shepherd. Merder is endgame.