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I PICK good fit books


We have been talking about how to choose a book that is a good fit for us.

Here are the rules for I PICK good fit books.

I  – I choose a book

P – Purpose – Why do I want to read it?

I – Interest – Does it interest me?

C – Comprehension – Am I understanding what I am reading?

K – Know  – I know most of the words


We will let you know about some good fit books that we have chosen in a later post.


Acknowledgement:  The I PICK acronym is used by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser in their book The Daily 5 – Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades. For more information visit The Daily Cafe


  1. G’day Mrs H,
    I just Googled that acronym and found a website that includes some posters to make using IPICK http://3-6freeresources.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/free-i-pick-reading-strategy-poster-set.html

  2. I think the rules with the selecting of picks for library books is a great idea for students of any level. In our classroom we have older students but those rules would fit sensibly and be an excellent guide.
    Mr Webb and Room Five, Melville Intermediate School, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand. melvilleroom8.blogspot.com

    • Hello Mr Webb.
      Thank you for commenting on one of our first posts. We are happy to hear that I PICK will be useful for your older students. We hope you choose some great books.
      Mrs Holmes and Grade 1-2.

  3. Hello Mrs H. and class,

    One of the greatest treasures of our human world is our ability to store ideas in print. There are so many books on so many topics and in so many languages in our world. With such a huge choice we have to learn how to better choose a book.

    Your IPICK rules are an excellent way of guiding your choice. Even as an adult the rules apply to me. Without thinking about it, I use the rules every time I choose something to read.

    Find a book using your rules and start opening up the world. It only takes us to keep our eyes and minds wide open to what’s inside. :)

    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • Hi Ross,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment on our new blog! We really are thinking more carefully about how and why we choose our reading books. We love how you said that choosing a good fit book can start to open up the world. We use our schema all the time when we are learning our reading strategies. We love adding to it with each new book and experience.
      Mrs Holmes and Grade 1-2

  4. Dear Mrs H and class
    We are a Year 2/3 class in New Zealand and we also use Daily 5.
    At this time of the school year we have lots of conversations about good-fit books and how to choose them.
    We love reading books that are just right for us!

    from Mrs McKenzie and B4

    • Hi Mrs M and class
      Thank you for your comment.
      We are enjoying choosing good fit books to help us become better readers. We also get excited when a tricky book turns into a good fit book because we have learnt the words and understand the text. Happy reading!
      From Mrs H and grade 1-2

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