There are two ways to help readers choose a book. I like to encourage students when going to the library to think about certain ideas.
The first is to use the I-Pick method. The 'P' is purpose- why do they want to read the book. Do they want to learn something or enjoy it in some way? The ‘I’ is Interest- does it interest me? Is there something on the cover or inside when I read part of it that makes me interested? Student choice can really drive their learning. The 'C' is Comprehend- do I understand what I read? Is the text at the appropriate reading level? It should not be to low that it doesn’t interest students but it shouldn’t be too high a level that it cannot hold their attention. The ‘K’ is know- Do I know most of the words? Students should choose a book based off of their ability to read fluently most of the words on any given page of the book.
The second part of choosing a book is to use the idea is it a good fit. To tell- use your hand to help:
1 missed word- A little easy
2 missed words- A Good Fit
3 missed words- Just Right
4 missed words- May Need Help
5 Missed words- Too hard
Next time you visit the library – think of these ideas to help your student choose a good fit book!