The 5 Finger Rule
Open the book to the middle. Choose a full page of words. Read the page out loud. Hold up a finger each time you come to a word you don't know or understand.
Hold up one finger (your thumb):
Thumbs Up! You knew all but one word! This book will be pretty easy for you.
Hold up two fingers (thumb, first finger to make an "L"):
"L" stands for Learning. You might need some help, but it will be a good learning book for you.
Hold up three fingers (3 middle fingers to make a "W"):
"W" is for Warning. You can read this book, but it is a warning that it might be frustrating and you may not enjoy it.
Hold up four, five or more fingers:
This is a stop signal. This would be a good book to stop reading by yourself and start reading with a buddy.
Find someone who can read this book with you or look for another book you will enjoy by yourself.