Effects of reading conferences on first graders' book selection

The influence of reading conferences on first graders' ability to choose appropriately leveled books for independent reading was investigated. The reading conferences were based on those described by Taberski in On Solid Ground (2000). Students' individual reading levels were determined by using the Developmental Reading Assessment (Beaver, 1991) and then compared to the average level ofbook choice during independent reading as recorded on daily reading logs. Books chosen to read during reading conferences as well as interviews with individual students were analyzed. The results indicated that reading conferences do not influence first graders' book choice. There were many possibilities for this outcome and more research is needed.