All students from Reception 1 to Year 6 go to the library every week in order to choose a reading book. Choosing a “good-fit book” to read is not always an easy task. We all have had the experience of wanting to read something but not being able to find the right book; it can be quite challenging for Primary students to choose the right book, sometimes because their literacy skills are not fully developed yet, sometimes because their level of English doesn't match their level of interest and understanding in their own mother tongue, sometimes simply because they may not know what kind of book they want to read.
In the library, Miss Maria, our Librarian, and the classroom teacher guide and assist students in their choices, but always with the ultimate goal in mind of having students making decisions on their own about the books they want to read. In order to achieve this goal, we teach students to ask themselves questions about the books they choose before they take it home, following the I PICK chart (I for Independence; P for purpose; I for interest; C for Comprehension; K for knowing the vocabulary) and the 5 fingers rule (see picture below). We also encourage students to recommend books to their peers and to do books reviews about their favorite books. This month, for example, students created a beautiful display where they posted their books reviews, so that everyone can see and use them to make informed decisions.The students love seeing their work posted on our “Book Reviews Autumn Tree”.