Reading at home should be a positive experience for both you and your child. Providing time to read and having books available are keys to your child's reading success. Your child can learn a great deal about reading from hearing you read aloud as well as from reading to you. You can support your child by providing opportunities to read alone and with others.
To help your child choose a book that is "just right", encourage him or her to:
- Read the back of the book and ask, "Does it sound interesting?"
- Look at the table of contents and ask, "Can I predict what may happen in the book?"
- Talk to someone who has read the book and ask, "Would you recommend it?" "Why?"
- Flip through the book, looking at the print, pictures, and organization, and ask, "Does it look like a book that will keep my interest?"
- Read the blurb about the author and ask, "Does it tell anything new about the book?"
- Read the first page and ask, " Is it written in a way that is interesting to me?" and "Are there too many words that I don't understand?"
Many readers choose books because:
- Someone has recommended it
- They have enjoyed other books by this author
- It is about a topic of interest
Here are a few series chapter book recommendations for readers interested in (and ready to read) beginning chapter books:
- Horrible Harry or Song Lee Series by Suzy Kline
- Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
- Magic School Bus Books and Chapter Books by Joanna Cole
- Henry and Mudge Series by Cynthia Rylant
- Mr. Putter and Tabby series
- Cam Jansen Mystery Series by David Alder
- Nate the Great Series by Majorie Weinman Sharmat
- A-Z Mysteries
- Calendar Mysteries
*Taken from Beyond Leveled Books by Karen Szymusiak & Franki Sibberson
Using the Fist-Full-of-Words Strategy To Help Choose Appropriate Literature
Pick a book that interests you.
Open your book to the first page, or any page that you like in the book.
Hold up one finger for every word that you do not know the meaning of or have trouble pronouncing or decoding.
Use this key to help you:
0-1 fingers: This book may be a little too easy
2-3 fingers: This book is a great independent level to read on
4 fingers: This book is a good challenging and instructional level
5 fingers: This book may be a little too difficult to read right now. This book could be a frustrational book. You might be best choosing another book to read.