As a reading teacher, I saw many students struggle with picking a book that was just right; not too hard and not too easy. Here are a few questions you can ask to help your child figure out if a book is a good fit.
- Do the cover & back look interesting?
- Can you read most of the words on the first page?
- Have you read a book like this before? (If they haven't that doesn't mean they shouldn't try it. They should just be aware if they're choosing a book that's 300 pages longer than they usually read.)
- What do you already know about the subject or setting of the book?
It's also not a bad idea to check in after the first few pages or chapters. You can ask:
- Can you tell what you've read in your own words?
- Is it interesting?
When they've finished the book and are ready to choose another, you might want to ask:
- Did you like it?
- Can you tell what it was about in your own words?
- Would you read another book like this one?
As a teacher, I encouraged my reluctant readers to try a series. If they liked one book, they were sure to like the others and they already had background knowledge about characters and storyline. Good Reads also has a great list of book suggestions.