High Five Tips for Choosing a Good Book!
A good book is one your child enjoys reading. When helping them choose a book at their independent level of reading, keep their interests and reading level in mind. Encourage them to select books on their own as soon as they show preferences. Talk with your child, their input will help you guide them to good books. Let them look through a book and decide if this is a book they want to read in its entirety. If they don’t like a book after reading a chapter or a few pages, pick another one. Reading is supposed to be fun, not a chore. Let them pick two kinds of books if they consistently choose books that are not at their independent reading level…one to read with you, and one to read on their own. Don’t discourage book choices that are not at their reading ability level because their listening comprehension is higher than their reading ability.
THE FIVE FINGER RULE
The easiest way to determine if a book is at an appropriate independent reading level for your child is to use the “Five Finger” rule.
- Have your child begin reading out loud. If they are a younger child, you want them to read no less than five to ten sentences and no more than a page if it is an older child.
- Raise one finger each time he/she struggles with a word for longer than 2-3 seconds.
- If they reach the end of the prescribed reading range before raising all five fingers, the book is written at a comfortable level for independent reading for them.
- If it is determined the book is not at an independent reading level for the child, do not deny them. Make it a read aloud book that someone reads with them instead!
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Kristin Anderson Cetone, Reading Specialist & Author