Five Finger Rule
Tips for Choosing Books for Young Kids
Here are general tips on choosing appropriate reading material that will keep young readers engaged and enthusiastic about reading. Share these ideas with friends and family members who buy books for your child.
- Younger children enjoy books that use word repetition, rhymes, and predictable text. Look for books with colorful pictures and simple words.
- For beginning readers, select books that match their skill level.
- At the library, let your child choose some of the books.
- If your child has a favorite book, he or she may enjoy other books written by the same author.
- Choose stories that provide new experiences, such as folktales or books about different countries and cultures.
- Choose books that match your child’s interests, from dinosaurs to dancing. (Most children like books that are funny.)
- For children who are already reading, select a variety of books – books you can read together, books you can read to your child, and books your child can read to you.
- Encourage your child to try different kinds of books, such as mysteries, biographies, and other non-fiction.
- Ask the children’s librarian for book suggestions or booklists.
- Books about events in your child’s life (examples: new siblings, moving, first day of school) can help him or her cope with fears and feelings.
Tips for Choosing Books for Older Kids
Family of Readers Advisor’s Guide
- Have children choose their own books as soon as they start showing a preference for one over another.
- Find the children’s section of your local library. Get to know the librarian, who can be a great resource.
- Find out what your child is interested in, and help choose books that are related to his or her interests.
- Ask friends, family, and teachers what books their children have enjoyed; try a book swap.
- If your child does not like a book you are reading together, put it away. Reading is a fun time to share, not a time to fight.
- Again, Again, Again! Children may want to read the same book many times, even if you think they have outgrown it.
- Use book lists generated by various literacy organizations; they usually have good suggestions. For example: American Library Association, International Reading Association, Children’s Book Guild.
- Look for books that you will like reading aloud. Your enjoyment will shine through and become contagious.
- Try out different kinds of books to see what appeals to your children.
- Have fun! Show your children the joy of reading and how it can open up a brand new world!
Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Reading:
When should I stop reading to my child?
Never!!! Children of all ages reap the benefits of hearing a story read aloud. Read aloud to your children from birth (some studies suggest even before) through college. Many adults enjoy hearing others read aloud whether it is a passage from a novel, a poem or an excerpt from a newspaper or magazine article.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the time period for circulation of library materials?
Books and magazines are checked out for two weeks. Students may renew their book if they need extra time to finish reading them. Reference books remain in the library and may be used there during school time.
What if a student forgets to bring his/her books on their library day?
If a student forgets his/her book others will have to wait for that book, so we encourage students to return forgotten books the following morning.
When is my student's library day?
On the Legend Springs Library homepage, in the table, there is a link to the Library Schedule.
What if a book becomes lost?
Parents, please send a note that requests the student to check out other books while you are searching for the lost book. Books do turn up in classroom collections and in different places around the house. Keep searching. Every month notices for lost book payment are sent. Checks are made out to LMS
If the lost book is found and returned, a refund will be sent from District Office.
What happens to damaged books?
Minor damage like small tears or pen or pencil marks can be repaired at our "book hospital”. Books beyond repair, or those damaged by food or liquid cannot be reshelved with the regular collection, and a replacement copy must be purchased. Parents will be notified as to the cost of the replacement copy. To avoid food damage to books carried in a backpack, students are urged to place library books in a plastic bag for carrying between home and school.
Why do we get notices when we already returned the book?
The overdue notices may be printed a few days before the students bring them home. It is possible for a book to be returned after the notice has been printed, but before the student receives it. Please check the date of the notice.
What if the book is too advanced for the student?
It is important to teach students the skills necessary to select independent reading materials suitable to their own personal interests and abilities. The students should be using the Five Finger Test to select their chapter book. The Five Finger Test helps the student tell if the book is right for them. The procedure for the Five Finger Test is as follows:
- Open the book to the middle.
- Read the page aloud.
- Hold up one finger for every word you cannot pronounce or do not know.
- If you have 4 or 5 fingers up at the end of the page the book is not right for you. If you have 3 fingers up the book could be too hard. If you have 2, 1, or no fingers up, the book is right for you.
How can parents contribute to the library program?
Read to children and be seen reading by them. Showing them that reading is fun and rewarding will encourage them to read. We appreciate volunteers. Volunteers are scheduled for 1 hour of work on one day a week to shelve or mend books.