When the students come in on the first day of school, I always have a bag of books sitting on their desk. I look at their data from the previous year and give them books that are at their reading level, just below their reading level, and just above their reading level. This is the only time I choose books for my students.
During the first two weeks of school I teach them what it means to find just right books. We explain the importance of being able to read most of the words on each page. We also discuss why we don’t want to have all too easy books in our book bag nor all too hard books. I tell them that picking just right books helps them become better readers and allows them to practice their word solving and comprehension skills.