How to choose a childrens book of the right reading level
The 5 Finger Test is a great way to select appropriate books for your child to read. The test provides you and your child a quick and easy way to gauge the difficulty of a book. It is quick test you can use in the library or book store before you make a selection.
How to select books using the 5 Finger Test
Here are the steps that you and your child can use to select a book:
- Open the book to any typical page that you or your child wish to read. Have your child begin reading.
- As your child reads, count the number of words your child doesn’t know or has difficulty reading with your fingers.
- Now use the number of fingers to help you decide if this is a good book for your child to read by themselves.
This book is easy for your child to read.
This book is easy to read but will have some new words to learn.
Perfect choice – this book is just right for your child.
A little hard but could be fun for your child to try. You will need to help your child when they read this book.
Difficult to read. An adult will need to read this book with your child.
This book is probably too hard for your child to read. This book will need to be read with an adult.
It is wonderful to see your child reading every word of a book. However, you should still continue to challenge your child with books that they aren’t able to breeze through.
Generally, if your child struggles with 5 -6 words on one page, it is probably best to leave that book for a later date. If they are constantly getting stuck on unfamiliar or difficult words, they may get discouraged and lose interest altogether.