Choosing a Just-Right Book
Choosing Books which are just right for you may take some practice. So here are some helpful hints to help you learn how to choose a book that is just right for you.
The word BLIPA is a mnemonic (memory tip) to help you choose interesting books. Each letter in the word stands for one step in the process of selecting a book. Put this into practice when you are browsing for a new book.
B Read the BLURB.
L Look at the LENGTH and the size of the print.
I Read a few pages to see if it INTERESTS you.
P Look at any PICTURES or illustrations.
A ASK your Library Media Specialist, your
Teacher, or a friend for help.
If you are still not sure, try the Five Finger Rule.
A good way for students to get a quick idea whether or not a book is right for their independent reading level is to use the Five Finger Rule.
Five Finger Rule
1. Choose a book.
2. Open it anywhere.
3. Make a fist.
4. Start to read the page.
5. Put up a finger for each hard word.
1 finger = too easy, try another book
2-3 fingers = just right, try another
page to be sure
4-5 fingers = too hard
Adapted from: News for Parents, International Reading Association, April 1992