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How To Pick A Good Book For Your Child

Posted Nov 19 2013 8:09pm

Reading is a very important part of your child’s development. Not only does it encourage literacy, but also it keeps your child’s brain active and focused on constructive things. But how do you know what is a good book to buy for your child? You don’t want to buy a book simply for it to be kept closed on a bookshelf or table. Today, we will explore a few ideas for how to find a great read for your little one.

The Five Finger Rule

The five finger rule is a shopping technique that has been frequently employed across the globe. It guides you to match your interests with that of your child and has proven to be very effective. Here are the steps:

1.  Select a book that would be a good read for you.

2. Go directly to the second page and read it.

3. For each word you encounter that you do not know or appears to be strange, hold up a finger.

4. If you are holding up five or more fingers by the time you get to the end of the page, select a book that is easier to read. If you are still not sure, try it again on a few more pages.

Another way you can select a book for your child is by asking yourself a few questions about your selection, thinking how a child would respond to them as well as yourself:

Will This Book be Easy or Even Fun to Read?

While on this question:

  • Is the content easy to understand?
  • Will my child be able to read it smoothly if they try to read it aloud?
  • Does it have an interesting topic?

If you answered yes to most of the questions above then this may be an easy book for your child to read on their own.

Will This Book be Too Hard for my Child?

Consider your child’s age and interests as you answer these questions:

  • Are there more than four words on the page I read that my child may not know or understand?
  • Will this book be too complicated for my child to read on their own?
  • When my child reads it aloud to their friends will they have to sound out every other word?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions then the book you have selected is definitely too hard and you should select an easier book

If you happen to select a book that is too hard for your child do not make them feel bad or beat yourself up about it, instead:

  • Offer to read the book with them aloud so that they can learn the words.
  • Consider saving the book in a safe place and giving it to them when they are older and able to easily understand the book. Then, try to get a new book together with your child so you can find out what it is that they are interested in and able to read.

Janes has been an English teacher for many years, teaching children predominantly between the ages of 4 to 7. At this time, it is imperative that you select the right book for them to read, otherwise they may lose interest in it altogether. She always recommends parents to browse for books online at .

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