Tips for encouraging readers across America
Partners Post, February 2014
Most popular: The five-finger test.
Teachers across Pennsylvania often recommend the five-finger test for elementary school readers. Watch the video for details.
Explore the American Library Association website for its “top reads” lists, www.ala.org.
- Chris Cooke, Council Rock School District
A parent/adult and child should each choose a book, allowing for only one picture book. These are good reading habits to practice until age 10.
- Christine Braun, Tredyffrin Easttown School District
Select “good fit” books - a “good fit" book is one where a child can read most of the words on the page and can retell the story.
- Cheryl Bachman, Slippery Rock School District
Review the Newbery Medal lists for the most prestigious, award-winning children's books at www.ala.org.
- Audrey Wingard, Burgettstown School District
Speak to a librarian.
- Tammy Templeton, Towanda School District
What are your child's interests—his/her likes and dislikes? Explore what interests will draw him/her to read books.
- Andrea Deible, Clarion-Limestone School District
Visit www.scholastic.com for hand-selected books for every age and every reading level.
- Aubrey Carrington, Troy School District
Allow your child to choose a book. Read it to him or her and discuss the story. This habit will help your child select age-appropriate books.
- Carol Troisi, Millville School District
Start young. Visit libraries with your child at a very early age.
- Kim Stewart, Mifflin County School District
Talk with your child's teacher and school librarian, and visit bookstores. Use the “5 finger test” in choosing age-appropriate books.
- Elizabeth Stump, Kutztown School District
Nurture a love and appreciation for reading and its artwork with your child.
- Patsy Tallarico, retired educator
Always know what your child is reading. Preview books to ensure they are age appropriate.
- Joyce Master, Butler School District