Make story time a fun time to create life-long lovers of books.
Choosing a book:
Get children to participate by:
*Always read the whole book before sharing with kids*
There are many factors that determine the appropriate age to read a book, and it can be hard if you haven't read the book, or don't know the child. (Labeling books by age is a problem, since a child with lower reading skills having to select "little kid" books to find something they CAN read successfully can turn them off reading.)
Two major considerations:
Recommendations from teachers or librarians who know the child and the books, are an excellent way to find appropriate books.
Publishers usually assign an age range to the books. These are some of the designations you will see:
These publisher designations can not determine both content AND difficulty, only a suggested age range to sell the book.
Web Search Tools
Scholastic's Reading Counts HMH Book Finder designates both an Interest Level and a Reading Level:
Lexile Find a Book database can determine the difficulty level, but not the content level:
Scholastic Book Wizard allows you to search by reading level systems:
"Before reading the story:
§ Talk with your child about the cover. Ask “What do you see on the cover?” and “What do you think might happen in this story?”
§ Slide your finger under the words of the title, author, and illustrator as you read and explain those words.
While reading the story:
§ Follow the words you read with your finger
§ Pause and talk about the pictures and the words.
§ Ask questions about the pictures. Ask “How many babies are there?” and “How does the crocodile feel?”
§ Ask your child “Where are the words on this page?” Point to a word and name the letters that make up that word. Clap the syllables in the word.
§ Ask your child “On this page, do you see any letters that are in your name?”
§ Point out any rhyming words – make up new rhyming words
§ Explain the meanings of new words
§ Make connections to something familiar to your child. Ask “Have you been to a zoo? What did you see at the zoo?”
After reading the story:
§ Ask your child, “Who are the characters in the story?” Write a list.
§ Ask your child, “What might happen next?”