Helping Your Child Choose the Right Book

Eileen Rygus
King Edward Elementary School

Cover Information:

Some books have a reading level printed on the front or back cover.  RL 2.4 would mean that this book could be read independently by most students at mid grade 2 level.

5 Finger Rule:

Encourage your child to use the 5 finger rule to test whether a book is the right level for reading alone.  Have children read the first page of the book.  Whenever they come to a word they don’t know or are unsure of, they put up 1 finger.  If all 5 fingers are up by the end of the page, the book is too difficult for them to read on their own right now.

The book may still be a good choice for paired reading or for a read-aloud.

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