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Student book selection

Whether it is in the school library, the classroom library or at home, all children pick books to look at and/or read on their own. Therefore, book choice is an important topic to discuss with students. This resource will help you think about how and why children select books and how you can work with students on this skill.

Think about the different texts you have read lately...

  • What did you read? Why?
  • Which texts were most enjoyable? Why?
  • Do you think your friends/family would enjoy the same reading materials as you? Why or why not?

Now review your answers you just provided and consider the students in your classroom

  • Do you believe all students need to read the same texts all the time? Why or why not?
  • If you let students choose the texts that they read, how might that motivate the children?
  • If you let students choose the texts that they read, how might that help and/or hinder your efforts to meet students’ needs?

How might you go about working with students on book choice? For additional ideas try Getting started with book choice

Key Words: reading, classroom library, choice, books