The Goldilocks Rules for Choosing a Book

  • The Goldilocks Rules for Choosing a Book That is "Just Right"

    Too Easy Books

    • I have read the book many times before.
    • I understand and can retell the story without much effort.
    • I know and understand almost every word.
    • I can read the book smoothly and fluently without much practice.

    Too Hard Books

    • There are five or more words on a page that I do not recognize.
    • I am confused about what is happening in the story.
    • When I read the words I sound choppy.
    • I need help when reading this book.

    Just Right Books

    • The book is new to me and the topic is interesting.
    • I understand what is happening in most of the story.
    • I can retell what I have read.
    • I recognize most of the words on the page, but there are some words to work on.
    • I can read the book by myself but may need help if I hit a tough spot.