Friday, October 6, 2017

Posters: Helping Kids Select Books

by Susan Stephenson,

One of the things librarians and teachers strive for is to give children the tools that will help them make their own choices about what they want to read for pleasure. 

We discuss all sorts of strategies with kids. These can include intensive lessons about how to use catalogues, the internet, and the Dewey system. Strategies can also be simpler or more casual - things like asking advice from friends or a librarian, checking out aspects of a physical book such as the font, illustrations and blurb, skimming to get an idea of what a book is about, reading book reviews, even starting a book club with friends.

I’ve put together some ideas to discuss with kids when focusing on strategies for book selection. These are in the form of two PDFs so each can be printed as an A4 poster. The first poster is for older kids, and is in the form of an infographic that asks What to Read Next? It's a visual list of several strategies. It isn’t exhaustive, but, printed out, it may be useful as a discussion starter or reminder. The second is very simple, is in a comic format, and is more suited to younger kids.

If you are a parent, teacher or librarian who works with kids, you can read more and grab either or both of the Book Selection Posters from my website in my article, Tips for Helping Children Select Books. ‎

*** Many thanks to librarians Cate, Rebecca and their students for input and feedback about the posters.

You might also like to check out other PDFs I’ve created.


  1. Thank you for these posters! I am the only library personnel (and part time) at my school, so I really appreciate appropriate, ready-made items like this to promote reading.

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Jayen - glad to know they will be useful!


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