I love the idea of a picker doing her (or his) picking. It is what we do when we go to the library. Often times, we know just the book we want. Other times, we wander, scanning the shelves for something that appeals to our senses. Allowing readers that freedom to pick what they want is essential to reading success. Picking books for which we have passion stimulates even greater interest.
Today my young neighbor friends picked Mercy Watson books for me to read aloud. We giggled together at the adventures of a porcine wonder whose love of toast with a great deal of butter on it surpasses all other things on her mind.