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When children pull a book off the library shelf for recreational reading, what are they considering -length? ... jacket appeal? ... difficulty level? ... relation to their experiential background? All of these probably enter into consideration when the selection is made. The determining factor, however, for a freely chosen book, is quite likely to be the interest level of that selection for a particular child (Breen, 1967). Teachers acknowledge the importance of a motivating interest when they teach a directed reading lesson or prepare a child for an Informal Reading Inventory selection. Advocates of individualized reading programs have long stressed the importance of the interest factor in the child's self-selection of reading materials.

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