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JUST RIGHT BOOKS by wul12666


									                            JUST RIGHT BOOKS

Do you remember Goldilocks' quest in the fairy tale "Goldilocks and the
Three Bears" to find the porridge, chair, and bed that were "just right"?
Selecting a book can sometimes feel the same way. Just as Goldilocks found
that some porridges were too hot or too cold and others were just right,
beginning readers often have difficulty finding books that are "just right"
and not too hard or too easy.

When you are reading a book consider these ideas to help you find a book
that is "just right" for you.

Books are “too easy” if:
1. The book is too short.
2. The print is too big.
3. You have read the book before.
4. You know all the words in the book.
5. The book has lots of pictures.

Books are “too hard” if:
1. The book is too long.
2. The print is too small.
3. There aren't many pictures in the book and you need picture clues.
4. There are a lot of words that you can't figure out.
5. There's no one to help you if you get stuck.
6. You don't know much about this subject.

"Just Right" books
1. The book looks interesting.
2. You can figure out most of the words in the book.
3. Someone has read this book aloud to you.
4. You have read other books by this author.
5. There is someone to give you help if you need it.
6. You know something about this subject.
As you read, ask yourself these questions. If you answer "yes" to most of
the questions then the book is probably too easy for you. You can still have
fun reading it, but next time try to choose a book that is a little more

1. Have you read it lots of times before?
2. Do you understand the story really well?
3. Do you know almost every word?
4. Can you read it smoothly?

1. Are there more than 5 words on a page that you don't know? (Five finger
2. Are you confused about what is happening in most of this book?
3. When you read, does it sounds pretty choppy?
4. Is everyone else busy and unable to help you?

1. Is this book new to you?
2. Do you understand a lot of the book?
3. Are there just a few words on a page that you don't know? Remember to
   use the five-finger rule
4. When you read, are some places smooth and some choppy?

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