Selecting Big Books for Shared Reading in Kindergarten
Big books for schools are extra-large versions of children’s books intended for use by teachers at the front of classrooms. The best big books encourage literacy by capturing attention and helping teachers set a visible example of good reading habits. These books for children are generally picture books with bright, colorful photos and illustrations that tend to catch kids’ attention. The giant size of the large story books draws interest—when students are used to their books for classroom use falling into a particular size range, the appearance of big story books is a fun departure.
Kindergarten big books fall within a couple of different level ranges. Big books for classroom read-aloud can be of a wider level range, as the children are expected only to follow the story, not to read along. These books can be larger-book versions of pretty much any suitable books for kids. But big books for kindergarten shared reading fall within a narrower range. These books should be within a guided reading level range where your students will be comfortable following along.
When you are selecting teaching supplies and resources for the classroom, especially shared reading big books, it is important to consider a few factors. Big books for teachers and books for classrooms generally have the guided reading level available, so start there—at your students’ reading level—first.
Another thing to consider is the type of topics your students are interested in. For example, it used to be hard to find big books for kids that covered nonfiction topics, but as reading big books becomes a larger part of classroom teaching and classroom reading in kindergarten, the selection has grown. Take advantage of that if you have fact-driven students who are curious about the natural world.
Though this and many other pre-made sets of big books are readily available, one of the easiest ways to buy big books is to have a custom list of big books prepared for you. You provide the level range and content area you need, and a list is tailored for you based on that information.
Selecting great big books for shared reading in kindergarten is important, but it doesn’t have to be difficult! With the right range of products to choose from and a little help, you can quickly and easily bring the best big books into your kindergarten classroom.