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.
TIPS FOR PARENTS
Encouraging Good Reading Habits
Includes how to choose good books, encouraging struggling readers, working with teachers and more.
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.
GAMES, ACTIVITIES AND BOOK LISTS FOR 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 Corner.net
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
BLOGGER BOOK REVIEWS FOR ADULTS AND KIDS
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.
Chicken Spaghetti: Looking for a great book? A book that will inspire you and/or your children to a life spent reading voraciously. Well, that can be tough – unless you happen to read Susan Thomsen’s blog, Chicken Spaghetti. Susan discusses “books for children and the rest of us too”.
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.
Barefoot Books Reviews and Giveaways: Reviews, giveaways and discussions of award-winning books, gifts and arts from a Barefoot Books stallholder! Go Green! Go Barefoot!
BOOK CLUBS FOR ADULTS
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!
SEPTEMBER READING ACTIVITIES
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
BigWords.com 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, Half.com, 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 BookSaleFinder.com you’ll find thousands of book sales, book fairs, book auctions, and other book events in your area.