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How To Choose A Good Book Essay

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    Make a list answering these questions:
    • What genre of books do you like? Sci-fi, adventure, mystery, non-fiction, fiction, realistic fiction?
    • What authors do you like? Research books by authors you've enjoyed in the past. Chances are they'll have another publication that you'll also enjoy, and by searching by authors, you can get more of the same types of books that the author wrote.
      • Is there a type of book, or a specific book you would like to try? If there is, search the book up and read its summary. That will help you decide if the book is right for you.
      • Are there any books in a certain series you would like to read? If you know the series then you can search the series online and you can find the books. You can also go to the library and see if they have the series that you are looking for.
    • What are your interests? Insert your hobbies into your library catalog search and set it to, "Keyword." By doing this, you will find books that you can read that you might like.
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    Search your house. Often times good books will be quietly collecting dust in your own house. Maybe you forgot about one, or someone who is living with you has a couple good books. Also by search your house, you can find books for yourself, that you can read, and it won't even cost you any money.

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    Ask someone to recommend a good book. You can ask your older sibling, your mom, your dad, your best friend, or even your English teacher. Friends or family with whom you have things in common can often make excellent book recommendations. Local, small bookstores often have wonderful recommendations, and when they get to know you, it's even better! You should ask people that like the same genre of books that they have read, so that you can match books that you read.

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    Read book reviews in newspapers and magazines. Read the bestseller lists published in most newspapers or weekly magazines. Find out which new books are making headlines, and why.

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    Join a book club. Being a book club member is often a way to experience new books you might never have had the motivation to read otherwise. Joining a book club or making a book club helps you know who else likes the same books as you, and you can read books that others have read and discuss them. Get people that like to read books to join your book club.

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    See if the library or bookstore has computers. If it does, then look on the library's search engine. You can use the search engine to find a certain book, books by a certain author, or anything as broad as just a certain genre. You can also do this at home.

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    Ask the librarian or book seller about the location of the books you're looking for. He/she will be happy to help you.

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    Skim through the shelves in the section you're interested in. If you see anything that looks appealing, pick it up and read the back of the book. Skim over the back of the book or the inside flap, wherever the summary is. If that holds your attention, read the first page or so. If it still holds your attention, then it's probably a good book for you. The subject might be interesting to you, but the writing style can be key to enjoying it. If it looks interesting, put it in your pile. Keep doing this until you have a few books.

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    Find a place to sit, or stand if you must, and read the first chapter of each book. Of course, if you have many books, this can be time consuming. Reading the first chapter of a book can help you know what books and genres of books that you like, and so that you won't have a hard time looking for books again.

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    Narrow down your stack. If you would rather have book 1 over book 2, put book 2 back. Keep doing this. If you would rather have book 3 then book 1, put book 1 back, etc.

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    Research reading lists of your favorite writers. Chances are great that you'll like what they recommend. Make this list where you can see it, so that you can keep adding to this list as time goes on.This way you can see what books you have already read, and what books you really want to read.

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    Go to websites such as Gutenburg.org or Gutenburg.ca. These two sites have loads of free e-books that you can download, print, or read on your computer. If your school or library has its own e-books then you can go see them too from there.

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    Go Random! Grab anything vaguely interesting off the shelves, check it out, and read it! You'll be surprised at what you like.

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    Gateway books (like Harry Potter or The Unfortunate Events) are great ways to keep your reading occupied while exploring other options.

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    Why Use This Tip

    Children become good readers one book at a time. But how do you help a child choose the right books? You don't have to be an expert in reading levels to guide a child to books that entertain, enlighten, and challenge (without overwhelming).

    You may be accustomed to choosing books for the children in your life. But did you know that selecting a book is a useful skill that a child can and should learn? Choosing a book independently teaches a child that we seek books for different reasons. With some simple strategies, you can help a child to be a savvy book selector. You also can help him  or her choose books that are neither too easy nor too hard. Much like Goldilocks found when she crashed at the three bears' house, the books a child picks can be just right!

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    What to Do

    1. As early as you can, introduce the idea that we read for a purpose, even if that purpose is pure enjoyment. Ask the child: What type of book are you looking for today—and why? With older children you can ask: Are you looking for fiction (made up) or nonfiction (factual)? Ask them to explain their choice.

    2. Encourage a child to spend time browsing a selection of books at a library or bookstore. If this is overwhelming try organizing the books you already have at home and letting your child browse through them. You can separate them by fiction (made-up stories) and nonfiction (factual). Or you can put them in different bins by ability level or type (picture books, chapter books, and so on). Talk about the type of book in each container.

    3. Give the child authority over choosing books to read. Say “yes” as often as you can. A book that the child wants to read is the one you want to take home. Don’t worry if a book seems short, too easy, or has pictures. Graphic novels (stories told in comic book frames) are a great way to hook a reluctant reader.  And looking at pictures is a perfectly acceptable way to read a book.

    4. Let the child know it’s OK if he or she doesn’t like a particular book. Use a not-so-great selection as an opportunity to understand more about reading skills and preferences. Could it be the book was just a little too difficult for the child to tackle alone? Here’s a simple rule of thumb for younger readers: Let them keep track of how many words they didn’t know. If they count five or more on a page, the book was probably too challenging for an independent read. Use the Was This the Right Book for Me? worksheet to encourage a more detailed thumbs up or thumbs down.

    5. If the child really wants to read something you know is beyond his or her ability, solve it by reading it aloud together. You can take turns reading and define unfamiliar words as you go. That way the child will avoid the frustration and enjoy the added bonus of your company!

    6. If you’d like to know more about what’s recommended for a child’s age and grade, visit your local library or bookstore. Browse the sections, which usually group books based on the reader’s skill level. Ask questions there, too. And look at a book’s back cover for info about the age the publisher had in mind. A child’s teacher or school librarian can be a great source, too. Not only do these folks know what’s age-appropriate, they usually know the hot books among kids. If they can’t keep it on the library shelves, chances are your child will like it!

    7. If the child has really enjoyed a book, look for other books by the same author.

    8. Additional online resources for books include:

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