Choosing Books Based on the Characteristics

The books you choose to read (and the books children choose to read) makes all the difference in becoming a successful reader or not. There are certain characteristics of books that make them compatible to what you are trying to do as a reader. For example, would it make sense to give a child first beginning to read, a lengthy chapter book? No, because the child would feel overwhelmed, unsuccessful and unable to comprehend the concepts most likely. I have listed some characteristics of books that help to match the book to the kind of reading being done. 

Books For Children to Tell a Story Through Pictures:
  • Books that tell a story
  • Book child know well (hear many times)
  • Pictures clearly help tell the story
Books For Children To Read Independently:

(child reads text using beginning reading strategies)

  • Simple one word or one sentence text on each page
  • Short text (only few page long)
  • Pattern- repetitive words in text help children to read more fluidly
  • Pictures strongly support what the words say
  • Many sight words in the text (therefore, children will know the sight words and only work on the few words that are not sight words)
Books to Read Aloud TO Children:
  • A variety of genres: story, non-fiction, fairy tales, list books, poems
  • Age appropriate vocabulary
  • Pattern- repetition in the book helps the child start to say the word with you.
  • Pictures in the book help tell the story (clear pictures that support the words)
  • Rhyming books
  • Book that are not too long

Examples:

  • Bark George  by Jules Pfieffer
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Peggy Rathmann
  • Apple Farmer Annie
  • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

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