Picking Just Right BooksWith so many choices in the Media Center, public library or even the bookstore, sometimes picking out the perfect book can be a challenge for students and parents. So how do you pick "just right books"? There are skills and strategies students of any grade or reading level can use anywhere to choose a book.
5 Finger RuleThis a great, quick test for students to decide if a book is the right reading level for them. To practice this test, read any 2 full pages in the book. As you are reading, raise a finger for every word you do not know or understand. If you reach 4 or more fingers, then the book is too hard for you to read on your own and should try another book. If you "pass" the 5 finger test, then you should ask yourself these questions:
- Picture walks with non-fiction or picture books (do the pictures look interesting)
- Read summary on back or inside cover of book
- Read book reviews
- Recommendations from a friend, teacher or librarian
- Pick a topic or subject of interest to learn more about
- Pick a genre, author or series you like to read
- 5 Finger rule
If you answer yes to these questions, then you have picked the perfect book for you!
- Will I enjoy this book and want to finish it?
- Do I understand what I am reading?
- Can I read it out loud smoothly?
Last Modified on August 19, 2019