A couple of days ago, a reader emailed me to ask for suggestions for First Chapter Fridays. This is where librarians or teachers read-aloud the first chapter of a book in order to “hook” less-than-enthusiastic readers. I know a former student of mine is now also a teacher, and she also does First Chapter Fridays.
I thought I would share my emailed suggestions with the rest of the world! I selected the titles based on:
- Action begins quickly
- Strong narrative voice
- The entire book is exciting, not just the first chapter
- Diverse characters
- Dialogue that moves the story along
- First chapter is <10 pages.
Don’t have the book?
There are a few ways you can read First Chapter Fridays without the actual book. The obvious choice is your local public library to see if they have a physical or e-book copy via OverDrive.
Amazon is another great resource since they frequently include a sample of the Kindle edition.
Don’t forget the audiobook samples! These are often available on Amazon or on OverDrive, even if the book itself is checked out.
First Chapter Fridays suggested titles
I am playing around with this new carousel plugin! Right now, it’s in a trial period, but if I like it, I will buy it.
I will add new First Chapter Fridays posts here, and you should be able to click the arrows to move around within the carousel. I’ve just added this new feature, so please be patient while I add new posts for FCF.
Click on the images in the carousel below to read more about specific passages to read, brief summaries, and why I chose that title for First Chapter Fridays.