In my room, the children "Shop for Books" during literacy centers. I got these great book bags for the back of their chairs through the Steps to Literacy site.
They choose 5 books to keep in their bag at all times. They can then use them during Independent Reading, Free Time, or any other time that they would like.
During Independent Reading, I conference with children to see whether they have chosen the correct books as well as check for understanding. I also review with them how to choose a book that is right for them, if they are having difficulty.
I created this poster which I will display near my classroom library. I hope it will help remind them what a "Just Right" book is as they go shopping.
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