"Just Right"

How to Find Your "Just Right" Book

  1. Do you want a fiction or nonfiction book?
  2. If you want a fiction book, do you want…
    • a picture book?
    • an easy-to-read book?
    • a chapter book?
  3. If you want a nonfiction book, what subject interests you?
  4. Does the book look exciting to you?
  5. Is the book too easy or too hard?

The Fiver Finger Test

  1. Open the book to the middle. Select a full page of text.
  2. Read the page.
  3. Put one finger up for every word you can't pronounce or don't know.
  4. If you get five fingers up on a page, the book is too difficult to read independently.
  5. If you do not get any fingers up, but are reading slowly and decoding most words, you will most likely not enjoy the book.

The Top 10 Ways to Find a Great Book

  • It was recommended by a friend.
  • The first sentence caught your attention. The first paragraph or page grabs your interest.
  • The title catches your attention.
  • The cover persuades you to open the book.
  • You saw a display.
  • You have read other books on that topic.
  • The summary on the inside jacket or on the back is interesting.
  • You have read other books by that author.
  • You like the series.
  • There's a movie based on it.