Reading Response Exercise #40: The Best Audience for this Book…

Read for at least twenty to thirty minutes. When you are done, think about what you have read.

Who do you think would be the perfect audience for this book? You can suggest individuals or whole categories of people. (For instance, the audience I think would love my writing the most is one of teens and all women who grew up dreaming of being princesses.)

Why would the kind of people you have suggested enjoy this book? Are there any particular aspects of the story this audience would enjoy?

Write or discuss your response.

For Pre-readers: Read a story together. When you are done, ask your pre-reader which of her friends or his relatives would enjoy reading this story. Ask why.

Make a “postcard” out of a 4″ x 6″ index card. On the lined side, draw a vertical line dividing the card in half.

On the right side of the lined side of the card, address the “postcard” to the friend or relative your young reader suggested and put a stamp in the top right corner.

On the left side of the lined side of the card, ask the child to dictate a message recommending the book you have just enjoyed together.

Allow your pre-reader to illustrate or decorate the blank side of the card then put it in the mail.

Wouldn’t it be fun if the card’s recipient wrote back?