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Tips for Helping Children Select Books

Tips for Helping Children Select Books

There are many ideas we can use when helping our kids select books. Making sure children have access to as many libraries as possible is a great start!

Other tips include: helping our kids start their own book discussion group or club, suggesting children swap books with friends, reading other people’s opinions of books, asking a librarian for advice, browsing books in a library or book store, discovering other books by an author the child liked already, flicking through a random book to check out the ratio of text to pictures, font size, reading the blurb at the back, reading the first page, opening to any page and using the five finger test to determine if the book is too easy, too hard or just right and using websites like What Should I Read Next?

With quite young kids, we tend to focus on clues like too big, too hard, too easy etc, after lots of discussion, demonstration and practice in how to determine those things. What is also key is making sure children see us as readers ourselves, and people they can share their own joy of reading with.

If you are a parent, teacher or librarian who works with kids, I have created two PDF posters which are pictured below:

  1. Book Selection Infographic (for older primary kids) which you can download for free here: Book Selection Infographic.

Book Selection Infographic Image

2. Book Choice (for younger kids) which you can download for free here: Book Choice.

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Comments

  1. Rebecca Toltz says:

    Good afternoon Susan,

    I love that you have created these infographics. I have been thinking of the same thing, after seeing something more adult on Pinterest. But, I wanted students to create these.

    Can I ask what you used to create your posters? I’ve looked at http://www.canva.com and http://www.infogr.am. com.

    • Rebecca, I used a combination of Comic Life, Assembly app and Google Drawings to create these posters. I have also used Canva for infographics I have made.

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