Choose Books at the Right Reading Levels
"Just-right" books help your child find the right reading levels and make reading more fun. Have your children try the "five-finger test" to select a book at their reading levels:
- Choose a book you would like to read.
- Look at a page in the middle.
- Put one finger down for every word you can't read or don't understand. If you have five fingers down, you will need to try different reading levels.
- If you have fewer than five fingers down, the book is "just right"! Read it.
Your child may want to read a book that is "too hard" based on this test. That's okay. Just make it a book that you read aloud to her, or that you read together (perhaps alternating pages or chapters; or she reads, but you sit alongside to answer questions or help her with challenging words). This will help your child climb to more advanced reading levels!