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Tips on Raising a Lifelong Reader

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A joint partnership between the Public Broadcasting System and the U.S. Department of Education, this site is filled with ideas on how to get our children reading. Parents will find book suggestions, test preparation ideas, and tips to encourage struggling readers, as well as ways to challenge readers who already excel. The content will empower parents to support Monmouth Junction’s readers!

http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/parents

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For forty-five years Reading is Fundamental (RIF) has been helping teachers and parents to support young readers. This site includes tips on choosing quality literature that will keep your child excited about reading. Does your child love using the computer? Visit RIF’s Reading Planet, a children’s portal that features a variety of reading and writing games designed to engage our tech savvy children.

http://www.rif.org/parents/

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A team of respected librarians and educators join forces on Booklights, a Public Broadcasting System blog that encourages all caregivers to read and share ideas for motivating young readers. Recent posts feature summer reading suggestions and links for recommended reading lists.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/booklights/archives/2010/06/bookworm-basics-summer-reading.html

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This article provides links to top online reading and literacy blogs. Blogs (web logs where information is posted and commented on by readers) offer a wonderful learning opportunity for parents because of the currency and relevance of the content.

http://www.onlinedegrees.org/top-15-blogs-on-reading-and-literacy/

 

Suggested Reading Lists

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The Horn Book Magazine, a highly respected literary review journal, presents an exhaustive list of book recommendations by theme or genre. The “Children’s Classics List” is a great starting point for parents.

http://www.hbook.com/resources/books/default.asp

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The International Reading Association presents an annual list of Children’s Choices, newly published titles reviewed by elementary children.

http://www.reading.org/resources/booklists/childrenschoices.aspx

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Using the “Book Finder” feature, parents can search for titles appropriate to a child’s age and personal interests.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/readinglanguage/

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The Parents’ Choice Foundation, a non-profit group whose aim is to recommend quality toys and books to parents, presents a variety of book lists on this site. Two good lists to begin with include the “What-Kids-Who-Don’t-Like-to-Read-Like-to-Read” list and “A Book List for Boys.”

http://www.parents-choice.org/reading.cfm

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From the American Library Association (ALA), this site includes an extensive list of children’s recommendations including ALA’s Notable Children’s Books Lists, books related to specific themes such as “Great Early Elementary Reads”, “Growing Up Around the World”, and books targeting specific readers such as “Hi-Lo Books for Upper Elementary Grades” with titles of special interest to reluctant readers.

http://www.ala.org/ala/professionalresources/libfactsheets/alalibraryfactsheet23.cfm#children

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Kids Reads contains lists of both newly published and classic books. The book annotations are written by individual contributors, so the quality of the review may vary throughout the lists, but the overall quality of the selections make this site a good match for parents hoping to find engaging literature.

http://www.kidsreads.com/lists/reading-lists.asp

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Originally created by librarians as a professional resource, the All Together Now (ATN) wiki presents many lists of read alikes to extend student reading in a favorite genre, readership targeted lists on a variety of topics, and lists related to specific school subjects.

http://atn-reading-lists.wikispaces.com/

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The National Endowment of the Humanities presents a book list of Summertime Favorites. Divided by age group, the list includes both new and classic titles.

http://www.neh.gov/projects/summertimefavorites.html