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In honor of International Literacy Day (September 8th) we’ve assembled oodles of reading hints in our latest MamaResources article.
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In honor of International Literacy Day (September 8th) we’ve assembled oodles of reading hints in our latest MamaResources article. We’ve got info on how to find inexpensive books, September reading activities, book clubs for adults, book review websites, reading games and book lists for kids.


Encouraging Good Reading Habits

Includes how to choose good books, encouraging struggling readers, working with teachers and more.

Reading Tips

Free worksheets for every grade, sites for teachers, Reading A-Z, and some great advice!

Parent Tips – Launching Young Readers from PBS

Includes a set of tips for different aged children, refrigerator handouts and more.

Reading Tips for Parents

Includes top ten ways to improve reading skills, tips for reluctant readers, help your child ace the next spelling test and ten ways to get your kids to read.

Tips on Reading from Scholastic

Ideas for all ages, includes a newsletter for parents and kids.


Reading is Fundamental: Reading Planet for Kids

Full of polls, activities, games, books, and clubs. Your child will love exploring this colorful website and diving into the world of literacy and books.

Kaboose Reading Games for Kids

Games for kids ages 6 and up.

The Teachers

A great site for at home teaching. Lesson plans, printable worksheets, awards and more.

Start a Children’s Book Club

This site has excellent tips and resources for starting your first group.

Fun Reading Activities You Can Do with Your Child

A great article full of easy activities to engage young readers.

Oprah’s Reading Lists for Kids

Includes recommendations from the American Library Association


My Readable Feast: This blog shows how children's books and a dash of cooking can help bring you closer to your children.

A Gaggle of Book Reviews: This blog has book reviews for children, young adult, and adult books from a Mama and 3 children.

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The Well-Read Child: This blog features children's books as well as reading tips and learning activities to help parents instill the joy of reading in their children.

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Book Club Resource

Looking to start your own reading group, participate in one online, or just learn more about what a book club is? This site will steer you in the right direction.

Oprah’s Book Club

Recommended Reading, Helpful Hints, Little Readers, How to Start a Book Club, and more! EXCELLENT site for MOMS who want to read.

Barnes and Noble Book Clubs

Discussion Rooms, Advice from Authors, Question and Answer, and Recommended Reading!


National Education Association

The National Education Association has information on special reading activities and reading awareness days, as well as other special days and author birthdays!

Library Card Sign-Up Month

Go to the American Library Association's Web site for 52 ways to use your library card – a reminder that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

International Literacy Day

September 8 is International Literacy Day. Planning and participation materials are available online from the International Reading Association

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15 to October 15 each year. Learn how to celebrate with bilingual books.

Banned Books Week

Observed from September 24-October 1, 2005, Banned Books Week is a time to celebrate your freedom to read. Visit the American Library Association website for information, resources, and lists of banned and challenged books.

WHERE TO FIND INEXPENSIVE BOOKS compares prices on all new and used books, giving you a nifty run-down of all prices and shipping costs from your most popular book retailers (Amazon,, Barnes & Noble, etc.)

Another great bargain book website with monthly blowouts, top sellers, new arrivals and daily specials.

Book Sale Finder

Eager to find a used book sale in your area? At you’ll find thousands of book sales, book fairs, book auctions, and other book events in your area.


MamaResources: Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day we’ve gone “green” with many of our weekly features and collected oodles of Earth Day information plus links to resources on recycling, living green, organic food and kids craft projects.

MamaResources: Healthy Living

Do you have a “healthy” resolution for 2009? For some of us, the resolve is weakening. The kid’s mac & cheese looks like Four Cheese Risotto from the best bistro in town after a few days on a diet. Stay on course with a few of our favorite online heath and fitness websites.

MamaResources: Safety Month

There is no end to the perpetual danger that you, as a parent, are expected to keep at bay. Since June is National Safety Month, we’ve put together a pile of tips and links to resources to help keep your family safe.

MamaResources: Summer Boredom Busters

Ahhh…July, the heart of summer. When you can still enjoy pool parties, campfires and sparklers without back to school prep looming large. Sadly, this is also about the time that kiddos start tossing out the dreaded “b-word”. “Mom, I’m bored.”

MamaResources: Bike Month

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MamaResources: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month so we’ve gathered links to screening info, support and fundraising opportunities.

MamaResources: Savvy Holiday Shopping

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MamaVoices: WAHM Tips

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