This ever expanding collection currently contains 174 titles in English
in and 82 titles in Spanish, all are 8, 12, or 16 pages. Books for Young
Learners in Spanish are authentic adaptations from English. The English/Spanish
Companion Sets provide the same book in English and Spanish so
Spanish-speaking parents can read along as their children learn to read.
They are ideal for ESL, ELL, LEP and bilingual programs. 
The Books for Young Learners collection is a broad literacy framework
for developing readers and writers who think critically and communicate
effectively. The collection comprises stand-alone books that increase in
complexity and concepts and complement each other. The individual titles
in the Books for Young Learners collection support teachers in developing
effective reading
skills in young students.  All of the nonfiction titles in the
collection are correlated to Common Core State Standards. 

Books for Young Learners are charming valuable books, appropriate for 
instructional use with emergent, early, and fluent readers in primary grades.
Each BYL book has a title-specific Book Note with additional Comprehension Prompts
that are uniquely tailored to each individual book's purpose, characteristics, genre,
illustrations, story line, and more.  Comprehension Prompts are a new feature that
enrich and extend a child's experience with each book, and serve to encourage
creativity, motivate and accelerate ALL children.  These are available free of charge
to download or print.  Book Note with Comprehension Prompts

Before publishing, a book is first trialed in a black and white version with
teachers and children in American schools. Results of the trialing lead to
refinement in text and illustrations.

For more detailed information about each book in the collection see the
detail pages for each book Alphabetical Listing.

Books for Young Learners offers variety of trim size and formats across many
genres of writing. The books are uniformly high quality exploration of topics of
interest to young children worldwide.

Fundamental beliefs

Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc.  first became involved with 'little books' in the mid 1980s.  Marie Clay was in the United States piloting Reading Recovery in Columbus, Ohio.  Richard Owen met Dr. Clay when she came to New York University to give a seminar about Reading Recovery.  She expressed difficulty finding appropriate books to use with children.  Richard contacted the New Zealand Ministry of Education and made arrangements to bring over their National Reading Program. 

That connection was the start of a relationship that lasted ten years.  We had the opportunity to work with representatives of the Ministry and to learn from them how they approached developing resources to use with children.  One of the first lessons we learned was that Books children are exposed to in the classroom should reflect qualities they will find in libraries and bookstores.  We took the idea to heart when we started publishing Books for Young Learners (BYL) in 1995.  Our books look like trade books.  They have different trim sizes, different cover designs and text designs, and different type faces, both on the covers and on interior pages.  They do not look like a reading series!

The New Zealanders also taught us to Start with Story.  The first criterion we use when selecting manuscripts for publication is to ask the question, Does it have charm, magic, impact, and appeal?  We want our books to invite readers and engage readers and hold their attention. We ask Will the book withstand repeated reading?  And we consider whether chunks of language and meaning from the story will resurface at later times.  When that happens it is truly magical. 

Additional considerations include Is the idea worthwhile?  Is the story's shape and structure appropriate?  Is the language effective?  Is the story authentic? Is diversity represented? Do the illustrations help the reader gain meaning from the text?  The final question, Is the format of the book appropriate? brings us back to issues of trim size and design.

If we think we can meet our goal to Start with Story, we can begin the work of identifying teaching points and developing instructional purpose.

We want our published books to embody the qualities of the best of juvenile trade books, but also provide teachers with abundant opportunities to help children become skilled, competent, and enthusiastic readers.  We hope you agree.


                         QUICK LINKS

   Click red bullet to link to page
   BYL Alpha List of titles
   Reading Recovery List
   F & P Guided Reading Levels Packages
   BYL Content/Subject List of titles
   BYL Multiple & Single Copy Value Packages 
BYL Written in SPANISH
 FREE Scripts
    Levels Conversion Table  
Book Notes with Comprehension Prompts
{PDFs) - Download at each BYL Book on the
Book Detail page

Ancillary Materials

Book Showcase


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