Goldilocks' Rules
for determining if a book is
"Just Right"

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.
 
   
     

Five Finger Test

   
             
       
     
  When you are reading a book you can try asking yourself these
questions to help you find a book that is "just right" for you.
 
     
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

  Too Easy Books

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
challenging.

1.  Have you read this book many times before?

2.  Do you understand the story very well without much effort?

3.  Do you know and understand almost every word?

4.  Can you read it smoothly and fluently without much practice or effort?


Just Right Books

As you read ask yourself these questions.  If you answer yest to most of
them then the book you are reading is probably "just right" for you.  
These are the books that will help you make the most progress in your
reading.  Read, enjoy and learn from the experience!

1.  Is this book new to you?

2.  Do you understand most of the book?

3.  Are there a few words per page that you don't recognize or know the
meaning to instantly?  Remember to use the
five finger test.

4.  Can someone help you with the book if you hit a tough spot?


Too Hard Books

As you read ask yourself these questions, if you find that you answer yes
to most of these questions, then the book is probably too hard for you.  
Don't forget about the book, try it again later.  As you gain experience in
choosing "just right" books, you may find when you pick the book up
again that it is "just right/"

1.  Are there more than a few words on a page that you don't recognize
or know the meaning?  Remember the
five finger test.

2.  Are you confused about what is happening in most of the book?

3.  When you read are you struggling and does it sound choppy?

4.  Is everyone busy and unable to help you if you hit a tough spot?