Selecting Books for Children


September 23, 2019

Why it’s important

Children who have positive reading experiences tend to develop larger vocabularies, become better readers and perform better in school.
Selecting books that are just right for a child is important so that they aren’t reading books that are too easy, too hard, or that they have no interest in.
By following these simple and easy steps, you can find books that are just right.
MSU Extension recommends 30 minutes of literacy activities a day and exploring a variety of reading and literacy materials.
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Five Finger Rule

  1. Choose a book that you think you will enjoy.
  2. Read the second page.
  3.  Hold up a finger for each word you are not sure of or do not know.
  4. If there are five or more words you did not know, you should choose an easier book.



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