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Rapid Readers' Advisory: Books for English Language Learners (ELLs)

This LibGuide helps librarians and library patrons quickly connect with popular and relevant books and eBooks by genre, theme, medium, or language.

For the purposes of navigating this LibGuide page, books labeled Beginner are titles typically recommended for English-speaking 11 year olds (5th Grade/Elementary) and below; and books labeled Intermediate are those titles recommended for English-speaking 12 year olds (6th Grade/Middle School) and above.

Searching the collections

Eastside and Northline Campus Libraries have print ESL collections for students to browse. Patrons can use the Basic search function in the library Catalog to search for "rapid reads" to locate a list of quick-paced book titles written specifically for adult English Language Learners.

Featured Print Books (Beginner)

For a girl becoming / written by Joy Harjo ; illustrations by Mercedes McDonald

For a Girl Becoming

U.S. Audience: 12-15yrs

Themes: Native Americans, North American Indians, Poetry, Girlhood

Melissa (or George) by Alex Gino

Melissa (previously published as George) by Alex Gino

U.S. Audience: 8-12yrs

Themes: Gender identity, Transgender, Youth, Bullying, Friendship

Unspeakable: the Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford and Floyd Cooper

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

U.S. Audience: 6-12yrs

Themes: Black History, Policing, Racism, Violence, U.S. History


Featured Print Books (Intermediate)

Rapid Readers (Advanced, Adult)

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