Not too easy, not too hard. How to choose the right book for your emerging reader.
As a parent of an emergent reader, you may be thinking: how can I help my child find books that are not too easy and not too hard but instead “just right”? At my school we like to call just-right books our Goldilocks books.
To find a book that is just right, spend time in the children’s section of your local library or bookstore. Let your child choose books for herself. Just because a book may have been one of your favorites as a child doesn’t mean it will necessarily be right for her. Talk about the books your child likes too see if they are too easy or too hard. If a book is too hard, then reading may quickly feel like a chore rather than an enjoyable activity.
Here are the strategies I teach my kindergartners for finding just-right books for every reading level:
Before committing to the book, read just a few pages and learn to ask yourself these questions:
If your child still wants to read a book that is too difficult do not discourage her; instead, read the book together or have her listen for enjoyment while you read. Her reading skills will improve through hearing you read fluently, pausing at appropriate times and using proper voice inflection.
Remember, early reading should be fun! Keep it enjoyable using these tips.
How do you and your child choose great books?
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