The Lexile is a guideline but it is a measure created by a computer program that examines elements of the text like sentence length and word difficulty. Lexile can be a start for finding a great book but it is not enough. A computer program can't determine if your child will like a book or if the book content is appropriate for their age. And, a lexile can't give your students a recommendation based on books that they have read and loved in the past. Finding a just right book isn't as easy as plugging in a number but the magic of finding that "just right book" makes the extra work worthwhile.
Try some of these tips to help your child find a "Just Right Book"
1- Come into the library for a recommendation. Or check with a teacher or friend who knows children's literature.
2-Have your child regularly swap books with a friend who reads on about the same level and has similar interests.
3-Find a series that your child loves.
4-Teach your child this process...
-Look at the title and the cover- Does it interest you?
-Read the summary- What do you think? Want to read more?
-Flip through the book and look at pictures, are they interesting and do they make you want to read more?
-Use the five finger test... Open the book and read a page with your hand held up. If you come to a word that you can't sound out and don't know the meaning of put down a finger. Four or five fingers down at the end of the page means the book is probably too difficult. Four or five fingers up means it may not be much of a challenge. 2- 3 fingers up means the book might be the right reading level.
Remember that the "Just Right Book" is a combination of the right reading level and interesting, engaging content. It is well worth the time that you spend to find it.