Stokeinteignhead Primary School
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Stokeinteignhead Primary School
Curious, Determined, Resourceful and Respectful

Reading at Home

Top Tips for Choosing a Book


It can be tricky to decide which book to read sometimes, but there are some simple steps you can follow to make it a little easier to make a choice.


v First, decide where in your reading range you are going to choose a book from. Are you going to aim for a trickier book from the higher end of your reading range or are you going to try something a little easier? Try to read a wide variety of book levels from your reading range.

v Take the book off the shelf and look at the cover. Does it interest you? Does it grab your attention? Do you like the style of the illustrations or the font type used for the lettering?

v Turn the book over and read the book ‘blurb’ on the back cover. This gives you a summary of the story and hints at some of the things that might happen. Sometimes they end the blurb with a cliff-hanger…do you want to read the book to find out what happens? If the answer to this question is ‘yes’, this might be a good choice for you.

v Have a flick through the book. Are there any pages which grab your attention? Are you looking for a book with pictures? If the book has pictures, do you want to look at them? Do you like the style of the illustration?

v Read the first paragraph or page. This will give you an idea of the style of the writing. Do you understand what has been written? Do you like the way the writing ‘sounds’ as you read it? Does it have a dramatic opening that pulls you into the story straight away? Is it funny? Do you find some of the words too difficult this time?

v Ask someone else if they have read the book. A book recommendation is a great way of finding a book. Ask someone else what they think about your choice.

v Find another book in your reading range by the same author. If you enjoyed one story by the author, there’s a very good chance you will enjoy another one.


Try NOT to:


v Choose a book based on how long or thick it is. A thick book does not always indicate a good story or a good book.

v Choose a book because it is easy and because you might score a higher mark in the quiz. If it is a shorter book that is at a simpler level, there is a good chance it will not be worth very many points. Remember to think about all your reading targets.

v Choose a book without thinking or asking yourself whether or not you might enjoy it.