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Why Readers Love a Book Series?

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A well-written piece of fiction (or, indeed, non-fiction) has the power to capture a reader’s attention hook, line, and sinker.

Imagine, then, what a series of books, bursting with colorful characters and exciting cliffhangers can do to a poor unsuspecting bookworm!

Here are some the reasons why this may be the case:

 

Greater Connection to the Story

By all metrics, getting involved in a series of books is a pretty big deal for a reader.

Indeed, the experience of reading through a series of books and then eagerly expecting the next installation can be so immersive, that one’s entire universe becomes colored with the setting and atmosphere of the novel in question.

The destiny of the characters, by extension, is undoubtedly a matter of high importance. God forbid that a character should die- a bout of depression can become a pretty realistic prospect for a devout reader!

 

Strong Ongoing Theme

One of the most critical aspects of a series of books is the fact that there’s always a pretty straightforward central theme that is then explored in great detail. Here’s a couple of examples:

  • Lord of the Rings – The battle of good vs. evil. Exploration of friendship.
  • Harry Potter – The battle of good vs. evil. Coming of age story.
  • Noddy – Exploration of friendship.

Thanks to the sound foundation of the all-unifying theme, the story can contain lots of details and go into numerous digressions without losing its focus!

 

Developed Characters

Novels comprising of one or two parts can offer incredibly complex characters while a book series invites the reader on a journey.

It’s a marathon going through an unlit path on the course of which characters will grow, decline or even turn out to be gay by the end of the series! (Looking at you Dumbledore!) You never know what you’re going to get and that’s precisely the beauty of it.

 

Cliffhangers

Waiting for a series of particularly intricate events to unravel surely makes for some of the most bitter-sweet feelings you might procure from reading a book.

The suspense of anticipating a character’s demise or, indeed, their ultimate success in overcoming the hurdle set before them, is for most readers the very reason they pick up a book in the first place.

A series of books, in this respect, has a certain flair in amplifying this aspect of storytelling to its highest  possible level! Want to learn more about what happens to your favorite hero who’s standing on the brink of the precipice?

Well, tough luck! Wait for the next book in the series.

In the meantime, we’d like to invite you to visit our online premises! At Progressive Rising Phoenix, we support blooming authors by ensuring they can take full ownership of their work. To achieve this, we concentrate our efforts on promotion and creative marketing of original, high-quality content. We also offer partnerships for writers, so if you’re interested, feel free to contact us right away!

 

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New Adult Vs. Young Adult Fiction: What’s the Difference?

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Many of us are already quite familiar with young adult fiction or more commonly referred to as YA. Even people who don’t read YA could list YA titles off the top of their head because so many of them have been turned into movies. Some of the most popular YA books include the Divergent, Twilight, and the Hunger Games series. And then there are YA titles such as The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars that were turned into TV series.

According to the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), YA books are those aimed at kids aged 12 to 18 years.

YA books are authentically teen, from the plot to the voice. The storylines are typically coming-of-age experiences that shape the main character. They’re often stories about pivotal moments in the protagonist’s life such as first love, first heartbreak, first sexual encounter, or first time to be alone on an adventure. They span different themes and worlds, covering romance, sexual discovery, and even paranormal activity. Some of the most successful YA novels have fantasy themes that involve mythical creatures like vampires, werewolves, mermaids, witches, and shapeshifters.

And while YA fiction is created for the 12-18 audience, many adults confess that YA novels are their guilty pleasure. With so many adults indulging in young adult novels, a new genre came into the scene – the New Adult (NA) novels.

New Adult emerged sometime in 2009 as a means to fill the gap between Young Adult and Adult Fiction. The target audience of New Adult fiction are people aged between 18 and 30 or that time in the lives of people when you are only just coming to terms with their new adulthood. The NA genre spoke to readers who identified with that age where people start to carry more responsibilities and are eager to find their place in the world. They’re struggling with love and career while on a journey to self-discovery.

NA fictions covers topics such as starting college, first jobs after graduation, financial independence, and first serious relationships. Some NA novels are more sexually descriptive because they are geared towards a more mature audience. However, NA is cautious not to cross the border into adult fiction or erotic novel territory.

NA fiction is gaining popularity for this reason but is also facing some criticism because of it.  NA is not appropriate for a 12-year-old reader yet not graphic or serious enough for the adult reader who picks up the NA title hoping for adult storylines. Many agents and publishing houses are still struggling to see how to market NA which has placed itself between two already well-established genres (YA and Adult). However, as we see more NA authors choose to self-publish and go on to find success, more big publishers may begin to pay attention.

As independent publishers, Progressive Rising Phoenix Press is always looking for creative content and consistently adding new content on a regular basis. Our mission is to succeed through promotion, creative cross-marketing, and original content. We recognize that the industry has changed and have partnered with authors who take ownership of their work and what we do.

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Interesting Young Adult Books That Were Turned Into Movies

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Most people know that the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight movies were first very successful book series. But many are surprised to know that many of the movies that have come out were also actually successful young adult books first. Let’s take a look at some movies from the past that were inspired by or adapted directly from popular YA books:

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures is the first book from The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It’s a supernatural love story of Lena Duchannes, a Caster and Ethan Lawson Wate, a human. Ethan is pulled into the magical world of the Caster because of his blossoming romance with Lena that’s and an eerie connection that links them to a haunting past they seem to share.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

The movie was based on the 1973 Lois Duncan novel “I Know What You Did Last Summer” where a group of teens hit and supposedly kill a man one summer. They cover it up and promise never to speak of it again. However, exactly one year later, they are terrorized by a man with a hook who leaves notes stating, “I know what you did last summer.”

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 

Teenager Clary Fray’s mother goes missing, and she finds herself entangled in the world of Shadowhunters. Clary faces demons, vampires, and other magical beings on her quest to find her mother, discovering long-hidden secrets about her own past along the way. The City of Bones is the first book from the Mortal Instruments series and is the only book that was made into a movie. However, the book series was later adapted into a TV series.

If I Stay

Mia Hall is a 17-year-old survivor of a catastrophic car accident that involved her entire family. She finds herself having an out-of-body experience as she lays in the hospital in a coma. The story follows her as she makes sense of what is happening while also reliving her past, struggling with the choice to stay or let go.

Divergent

Set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian Chicago, the Divergent trilogy are novels by Veronica Roth that tell the tale of a society that is segregated by personality traits. The story follows Tris, a Divergent, or someone who has equal attributes of multiple factions which not only makes her unique but a threat to the order of things. The movie series was meant to cover all 3 books in a 4-part movie series; however, only 3 were made.

The Fault in Our Stars

Sixteen-year-old, Hazel Grace Lancaster, is a cancer patient who meets 17-year-old Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor and amputee, in a cancer support group. They fall in love and share an unconventional romance. 10.7 million copies of the book have been sold to date, and the movie crossed the $300 million mark at the global box office.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The movie was based on the book series by Ann Brashares. It follows a group of teens who discover a pair of jeans that magically fits each of them perfectly. The movies follow their lives over the course of four summers as they lead different lives but remain close by sharing the pants and their stories along the way.

These movies that were based from wildly successful young adult novels prove that the best screenplays and blockbusters could inspired by the YA book you’re reading right now. At Progressive Rising Phoenix, we offer a wide variety of young adult fiction that range from mystery, suspense, action, adventure, romance, fantasy, sci-fi, and more! We wonder which of our award-winning titles will be the next book to make it to the big screen.

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How Important Are Picture Books in Shaping Your Child’s Mind?

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Picture books may seem simplistic. They contain illustrations, less text than a typical book or novel, and are meant for a young audience who either cannot read yet or have basic reading skills.

While picture books seem straightforward and uncomplicated, they are a surprising source of benefits for your child. You might look at a picture book and think they’re nothing more than drawings or pictures of whimsical characters and imaginary scenarios. However, these visuals play a critical role in learning, teaching kids how to make references, and develop self-awareness.

The interaction that young readers have with picture books is perhaps the most important aspect of all. Open up a picture book for your child, and they instantly glow with enthusiasm. They look at the pictures almost as they would watch a movie. They analyze a scene and without knowing how to read, tell you how the story plays out. And when you read the text, they associate the words with the illustrations. The pictures allow them to follow the story and give meaning to what you are reading.

The right picture book promotes participation and imagination. They even help children develop self-awareness. According to Reading is Fundamental, “Long before they can read, children respond to images in an effort to place themselves and the others in their lives into the world around them.”

There’s also no question that young kids love art. Why else do children love drawing, finger-painting, and coloring? Picture books develop a deeper appreciation for art in kids who can look at a beautifully illustrated picture book and instantly recognize the different colors, art styles, and visual interpretations of the narrative.

Picture books also strengthen visual thinking skills, allowing kids to connect how they reason with what they observe. As you read and look at the illustrations together, your child links concepts with words.

All the excitement surrounding picture books is what ultimately lead young kids to want to read for themselves. Picture books introduce children to the concept of reading as they fixate on the graphic elements and make the association that the words describe the illustrations. For children, it’s exciting to realize that they can read a description of something to better understand what is happening in the images.

When kids follow along to your reading, and you take time to pause and appreciate the pictures, children develop story sense. The learn about the beginning, middle, and end of a story. And because they understand that stories have an introduction, a plot or point, and a conclusion, they become better storytellers and communicators.

Many parents turn to picture books to help them introduce complex concepts in a safe environment. Without taking your child out of their comfort zone, you can teach them about the world and difficult subject matters. The right picture book can introduce your child to realities that may be challenging to explain. Children tend to understand concepts better when accompanied by a relatable story and visuals.

At Progressive Rising Phoenix, we love how picture books are shaping young minds. We have picture books that are entertaining and often interactive and educational. Some even teach dual foreign languages. We also have seasonal books and books that help children cope.

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Benefits of Reading to Children Before Bed

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Many read to their child because storytelling before going to sleep feels like a tradition. If your parents read to you as a child, chances are you want to do the same with your own kids.

You remember how good it felt to have your mom or dad spend time with you just before you slept. You might even still remember the books they read to you word-for-word and the different voices they used to portray the different characters. Because storytelling before bedtime as a child has left you with so many fond memories of your youth, you want to share that same feeling with your children.

But beyond tradition and bonding with your kid, reading to your kids before bedtime has proven to have many benefits. Here are 6 reasons why reading books to your kids before bed is great for them:

  1. Encourages the Love of Reading

    Kids establish a love of reading when they are read to. When children are introduced to books early on, they start to identify them as sources of fun and adventure. Later in life, they realize that books are also full of knowledge.
  2. Develops Communication and Language Skills
    When you read stories to your children, you’re also helping them develop their communication skills, listening abilities, and memory. The more books you read, the more you strengthen their vocabulary and understanding of sentence structure.
    According to Time.com, brain scan study found that “reading at home with children from an early age was strongly correlated with brain activation in areas connected with visual imagery and understanding the meaning of language.”
  3. Improves Attention 

    As you read aloud, kids try to imagine the scenes in their minds, forcing them to pay attention. Reading stories to your children invites engagement. As you read along and the story unfolds, you will find them agreeing or disagreeing with the storyline. They become involved in the plot and want to chime in with their opinions and objections. A good story can get kids involved, improving attention and ability to focus.

  4. Prepares Them to Be Better Students 

    According to PBS.org, “the more words that are in a child’s language world, the more words they will learn, and the stronger their language skills are when they reach kindergarten, the more prepared they are to be able to read, and the better they read, the more likely they will graduate from high school.”

  5. Sparks the Imagination 

    Reading to your child introduces them to new ideas, concepts, and experiences. Stories plant seeds of creativity in their minds and fuels the imagination. The more stories kids listen to, the more innovative, imaginative, and creative they become.

  6. Promotes Better Sleep 

    When kids watch a scary movie before sleeping, they’re more likely to wake up in the middle of the night with bad dreams.When you read to your kids before bedtime, the bonding established through reading and engaging creates a comforting feeling that promotes better sleep. And if you read their favorite stories, your children will go to sleep happy and calm and less likely to have nightmares.

    At Progressive Rising Phoenix, we are advocates for reading to your children before bedtime. Progressive Rising Phoenix Press offers a wide variety of children’s chapter books. Many have educational study guides available. Our award-winning children’s chapter books titles include educational, suspense, action, adventure, fantasy, and more!

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Importance of Reading Books: Benefits of Reading Books

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When was the last time you read a good book and went on an adventure, learned something new, exercised your brain, and fed your curiosities?

From the moment we start school, our educators begin teaching us the fundamentals of reading. We learn our alphabet and the unique sounds that each letter makes. Soon, we can read words and full sentences. And before we know it, we’re reading everything from posters to what’s printed on cereal boxes to subtitles on movies.

But why are we really taught to read? Is it to be able to read street signs and directions, study our textbooks and take tests?

It’s true that we were all taught to read to comprehend better and communicate. However, the benefits of reading go far beyond that.

The more we read, the more we understand the world around us. And when we read books, the more we discover life beyond what we already know. Here are more reasons that highlight the importance of reading books.

Books Make Us Better Communicators

Because books improve our vocabulary, our communications skills improve. Reading enhances our language skills and develops fluency, allowing us to express our thoughts and ideas better.

 

Books Educate Us

Books quench our thirst for knowledge. Through books, we learn about how things work, understand different cultures, and comprehend the history of things. We can learn new languages, how to improve ourselves and even how to build things. The right books are full of useful information that helps us become smarter, sharper, more skilled and more open to new ideas.

 

Books Keep Our Brain’s Healthy 

Did you know that when you read books, you’re also exercising your brain? The more you read, the more you stimulate your mind. Mental stimulation keeps the blood flowing to our brains, preventing diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. When we read, our cognitive function and memory improve. The healthier your brain is, the more you are able to focus and develop your analytical skills.

 

Books Reduce Stress

Whether it’s science fiction, YA, romance novels, or autobiographies, books can help you relieve tension and relax. Books allow us to escape the stress and anxiety of everyday life by allowing us to immerse ourselves in another world or involve us in a topic we find compelling. And because there is a book out there on just about every topic in the world, it’s possible for everyone to find the perfect book that will keep them focused and at ease.

 

Books Motivate Us

Books have the power to inspire and motivate us with stories of people who have made something of themselves despite the odds. Whether it is the heroics of a fictional character or the real-life accomplishments of someone remarkable from history, books encourage us never to give up, keep moving forward, and stay positive.

 

Books Stimulate Creativity

The right book can take us on adventures and inspire us to visualize new lands, dimensions, and alternate universes. Through reading, our imagination is ignited, and we open up our minds to new possibilities. Even non-fiction books on science and technology have the power to stir our creativity and stimulate innovative and inventive ideas.

Speaking of creativity, at Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, we are consistently adding new content on a regular basis. Our mission is to succeed through promotion, creative cross-marketing, and original content. We recognize that the industry has changed and have partnered with authors who take ownership of their work and what we do.

Here is another comprehensive guide: The Ultimate Reading Guide For Your Child

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Top 8 Reasons Why Kids Should Read More

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From a very young age, we teach our kids that reading is one of those fundamental skills that they will need to succeed in life.

We explain to them that reading gives them the foundation to learn their lessons at school and follow directions on their tests. However, they should also be made aware of the many other benefits that reading promises them beyond getting better grades in their classes. Here are the top 8 reasons why kids should read more:

 

  1. Improves Writing Skills

The more children read, the more they learn about proper sentence structure. Kids who read are typically better writers as they know make their sentences and paragraphs flow better. The more they read, their spelling skills are also improved as they discover new words they may have never encountered before. Someday they may even want to write their own short stories. Who knows – they could be the next world-famous children’s book author like J.K. Rowling or Roald Dahl?

  1. Expands Knowledge

From a very young age, we teach the youth how empowering knowledge is. They can acquire this through life experiences and by reading books. The more they read, the more they learn, and the more equipped they are to apply this knowledge to their everyday lives.

3. Portal to Another Dimension

Non-fiction can take its young readers on exciting adventures to new and exciting lands. A well-written book can help kids imagine a time and place beyond reality. And because books unlock children’s imaginations, it also sparks their creativity and inspires them to dream.

4. Improves Comprehension

Children who consume books from all genres gain a deeper understanding of everything around them. They are more receptive, making them better listeners and allowing them to make more informed choices. With improved analytical skills, they are less likely to commit errors in judgment or react irrationally.

5. Window to the World

Books can teach kids about different countries and cultures from across the seas. A good book on another country’s unique history, people, and practices is incredibly eye-opening for the child who has never been outside their home country. Reading takes them to these new destinations and may even inspire them to be world travelers someday.

6. Instills Empathy

Because books can teach us about other people, cultures, and backgrounds, reading allows children to envision a day in the life of someone else. When they gain a deeper understanding of other people’s struggles and everyday challenges, they become more self-aware and compassionate for others.

7. Promotes Innovation

Because reading promotes creativity, it also stimulates the innovative mind to come up with new inventions and concepts. The more kids understand how things work, they think about how to approach everyday problems with creative solutions.

8. Develops Communication Skills

Reading expands vocabulary by introducing kids to new words, synonyms, and adjectives, allowing them to become better at expressing their thoughts and ideas. Children who read a lot are able to describe their feelings because they have the right words to articulate their state of mind.

At Progressive Rising Phoenix, we believe that it’s so important to instill a love of reading in kids from the very start by reading to them and encouraging them to read back to us. And as they grow older, they begin to choose their own genres to feed their hunger for knowledge or go on adventures in their minds.

As an independent publisher by authors, we recognize that the industry has changed and have partnered with authors who take ownership of their work and what we do. If you’re interested in partnering with us, contact us today!

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Escaping the Amish for a Connected World

 

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When Emma Gingerich left her Amish community in Eagleville, Missouri, she was 18 and had an eighth-grade education. She barely spoke English.

The life that awaited most Amish women—one of cooking, cleaning, and child-rearing—never appealed to her. She wanted an education and the freedom to choose her own path.

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