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.
I’ve been trying to keep my blog posts short, so I’m breaking this up into a series of recommendations. You can navigate the recommendations by clicking the images at the bottom of each post.
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 today (Aug 24, 2021), so please be patient while I add new posts for FCF.
Click on the images in the carousel below to read more about why I chose that title for First Chapter Fridays.
If you have other suggestions for First Chapter Fridays, please add them in the comments! Please be sure to include grade or age levels with your recommendations.