Fiction - Junior
Revised August 2012
This collection is comprised of titles meeting the recreational
and educational needs of students with third through sixth grade
reading levels. Books include popular as well as classic selections
in such areas as mystery, sports, science fiction, adventure, humor,
historical fiction, and novels about the problems of contemporary
boys and girls. The books may have illustrations, but the concepts,
style, and treatment of text are the considered significant criteria
in the selection process. These books cover a wide range of subjects,
themes, life situations, and developmental tasks. A variety of characters,
settings, and writing styles are represented with difficulty ranging
from simple stories to books for a sophisticated reader with a large
vocabulary, wide literary knowledge, and high reading skills.
The collection strives to meet the needs of outside reading for
school assignments such as book reports and the reading aloud needs
of teachers and parents.
The primary goal of this collection is to provide leisure reading
material to grade school children who have begun to master the skill
of reading and are ready to read novels or chapter books. In order
to meet this goal, the Library:
- strives to provide a wide range of reading levels from third
grade through sixth grade.
- strives to provide a balanced collection of current popular
titles and core materials.
- evaluates patron requests either through reviews, or knowledge
and popularity of the author or title. Patron requests are given
serious consideration and added to the collection as warranted
and as budget allows.
- purchases Indian Paintbrush and Newbery award winners.
Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
- shelf space.
- budget constraints.
- circulation statistics.
- titles in a series.
- patron requests.
- visual appeal.
- reading level.
- access to a fully developed collection at the main library.
- Newbery and Indian Paintbrush award winners and works of well-recognized
contemporary authors are retained.
- Books are kept as long as they are in readable condition and
continue to circulate.
- Books are withdrawn due to damage, loss, and drop in general
interest level as evidenced by circulation figures.