Just Right Books

Just right books are critical to developing readers. Reading is like riding a bike. Books that are too easy are like downhill riding, we read them too fast. Books that are too hard are like uphill riding, they are exhausting and skills do not improve. Just right books are like smooth road riding, there may be some small bumps, but we can handle them.

Screen Shot 2012-10-17 at 2.37.48 PMScholastic Book Wizard is a wonderful free tool for finding these just right books. You can search by level, title, topic, and/or author. To make sure that the books are appropriate for your child, start with the guided reading level. (You can email me if you aren’t sure what level your child is reading.) Next, narrow your search by topic or genre. The Book Wizard will then suggest many titles that fit your search. Use this personalized booklist at the library or bookstore to stock up on some great just right books for your child.

Raz-Kids Goes Mobile!

Hello parents,

This week I want to highlight a special reading resource that we have, Raz-Kids. Through a generous gift from our Parent Club, our first and second graders have access to this great leveled book website. Teachers have set up independent reading level accounts for their students in Raz-Kids. While it can be difficult to find just right books at the library or bookstore for beginning readers, this website allows students to listen to or read many great books. Students can also record themselves reading a book or they can take a quiz to check their comprehension. As an added incentive, students can collect “stars” which can be traded for accessories on an online reading rocket. When students have completed the books within a level, they will automatically progress to the next reading level.

Recently, Raz-Kids has expanded to mobile access with an iPad, Android 2.2, or Kindle Fire! This app is free and more information can be found at this link: Raz-Kids is Mobile. At this point the mobile version has just the listen to or read options. We hope that Learning A-Z will soon add the recording option and the quizzes.

If you need information regarding your Raz-Kids account, contact your child’s classroom teacher. Check out this great website today!

Happy reading!