Choosing Books at the Right Reading Levels for Your Child

Selecting books at the right reading levels makes for more enjoyment and less frustration for your growing reader.



Choosing Books at the Right Reading Levels for Your Child

"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:

  • Have your child choose a book she would like to read.
  • Then have your child look at a page in the middle.
  • Tell her to put one finger down for every word she can't read or doesn't understand. If she has five fingers down, she will need to try different reading levels.
  • If she has fewer than five fingers down, the book is "just right" and she can 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!

Book Selection Tips
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