Finding the right book for your reader

It can be hard to keep your child engaged in reading all summer long. How can you find something that will keep their interest and still challenge them? Here are some tips.

Embrace their interests

  • Try finding books about movies or TV shows your child is interested in. Does your kid love a certain cartoon, television show or movie? Chances are, we probably have a book related to it. Try doing a keyword search in the library catalog and see what you discover, or Ask Us for help.
  • Does your child like making movies, writing blogs or taking pictures? There is material to read on all of those subjects in our library system.
  • Novelist is a good place to find books based on any sort of interest. The advanced search option allows you to narrow by age ranges, reading levels, etc. The front page is loaded with suggestions for your next read.

Book lists

Check out our book list pages for children or teens. You’ll find lists compiled by expert library staff, featuring our favorite books. Does your reader have a favorite genre or sub-genre? There is probably a book list for you. Is there a book that your reader loved and now wants to read something similar? We have got you covered with our “If you like…” lists for children and teens.

Rereading and new formats

Sometimes it can be fun to revisit and old favorite – and sometimes those old favorites get a new makeover. The Harry Potter series is being republished with beautiful illustrations, which has been a hit to reread.

Audiobooks can give the listener a complete different experience. Try listening to a title you have read before and see if you learn anything new or feel differently about that story. We also have lists of wonderful audiobooks to try for children and teens!

Five finger rule

The five finger rule can help readers find “just right” books. Here is how it works:

  1. Have your child read the second page in a book
  2. Hold up a finger for each word your child doesn’t know or is unsure of
  3. If there are five fingers up by the end of the page, the book may be too difficult for the child to read and understand on their own.

This is a good starting point to find books that will be at the child’s level. If a book is too difficult, it can be less fun to read and difficult to comprehend, and feel more like a chore than a pleasurable activity.

We hope these tips give you and your reader some ideas for finding new books on your own, but remember, you can always ask library staff for help!

Learn more about summer learning at your library.

This article was written by Sarah N., Penn Lake Library.