I understand wanting kids to have good fit books and teaching them how to choose good fit books for themselves.

However, what do you when they begin to get discouraged because they have stayed with a good fit book for months or weeks and feel like they can’t move on or have been told they aren’t ready for a book they want to read?

Any advice on what to say to these students?






Could it be that they aren’t getting to “book shop” often enough? Here’s one article about that topic. Note the suggests for letting kids book shop for good fit books. Especially note the next to last paragraph.
Here’s an example from a first grade class.
Kids need to know that it’s OK to abandon a book, as well. If a book requires such a long time to get through, it usually indicates that it’s either not a good fit, or not of true interest to the child.
I’d say let the child try the book they want to read–and review the 3 Ways to Read a Book. Perhaps they’ll realize that it’s not a perfect fit for reading all the text, but that they can learn about the story/fact by browsing the illustrations, charts and other text features.

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