Thursday, February 18, 2010

James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead

Recently, Lindsey and I had the chance to check out YA author James Patterson's website, ReadKiddoRead.  This is a terrific website, dedicated to helping adults instill within kids a genuine passion for reading and learning.  The site also has a specific focus on getting reluctant readers into the library, which is always a focal point for librarians.  Some of our favorite features of the website are:

  • Lesson Plans- On one page, there are books, from picture books to young adult novels, listed that provide clear and easy-to-follow lesson plans for classroom teachers and librarians.  The plans give suggestions for activities and highlight certain parts of the books that kids will enjoy. Check out this one for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.
  • "Who's Talking" Section- In this feature, there are various blogs, community groups and forums that discuss new books out right now as well as general information related to books and how to engage students. For instance, "Valentine's Day Gift for your Little Baby Bug" details some great ideas for books for the youngest kids in your life!

  •  And finally, the best feature is the layout of the homepage that takes you to some of the best books available for various ages, reading levels, and interests.


max said...

It's so important to draw attention to reading, and attract reluctant readers to it,especially boys. In fact, I've recently completed a feature magazine article on this subject that came out in October, "Help for Struggling, Reluctant Readers."

I grew up as a reluctant reader, in spite of the fact that my father published over 70 books. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for tween boys, that avid boy readers and girls enjoy just as much.

My blog, Books for Boys is dedicated to drawing attention to the importance of reading. And my new book, Lost Island Smugglers - first in the Sam Butler Adventure Series - is coming out in June.

Keep up your good work.

Max Elliot Anderson