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Best websites on preteen/teen reading

Selected and reviewed by the Keen Readers team; these are not sponsored links.

U.S.-based unless otherwise noted

  • www.readingrockets.org For parents and educators. Offers information and resources on how children learn to read, why so many struggle and how caring adults can help.
  • www.adlit.org Resources for parents and educators of children in grades four through twelve. Includes booklists, author interviews, writing contests and an ask-experts feature.
  • www.childrensliterature.org/www.childrensliterature.com Supports volunteers who initiate, implement and maintain book donation and reading-buddy programs in libraries, communities and hospitals that need them. A nonprofit educational organization.
  • www.colorincolorado.org A bilingual English/Spanish site for educators and families of Hispanic children learning English. The goal is to help children “read and succeed.” Includes book reviews under “kids” and “teens,”  video interviews with authors, webcasts/podcasts of experts who study English language learners, and articles such as “What you can do at home” and “Helping your child succeed at school.”
  • www.yabookscentral.com For adults and youths. A large site targeted to preteen and teen readers. Book reviews, author interviews and bios, industry news and more.
  • www.goodreads.com Mostly for adults but has some young-adult groups. Members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, form book clubs and more. Members also create trivia about books, offer book lists, post their own writing and form groups and book clubs.

Our second-place list

  • www.ala.org For educators but of interest to parents. The American Library Association has a division called YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), with recommended booklists and teen-voted annual top-ten booklists that go back to 2003.
  • Selected booklists www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/booklistsbook.cfm#booklists
  • Teen Top-Ten Books (teen-voted) www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/teenreading/teenstopten/teenstopten.cfm
  • www.childrensbooks.about.com For adults. Information on books for children ages 0-3, 4-8 and 9-12. Includes articles such as “Best books for boys” and “Resources for reluctant readers.” Also, author profiles, useful links and a discussion group.
  • www.familyeducation.com Launched in 1996, claims to be the first and most-visited parenting site on the web. Offers “strategies for getting involved with your children’s learning,” email newsletters and entertaining family activities.
  • www.graphicnovelreporter.com Reviews of graphic novels (including teen and kids categories), author/illustrator interviews, features, blog, book clubs, poll, resources, etc.
  • www.literacytrust.org.uk The National Literacy Trust is an independent U.K. charity that “transforms lives through literacy.” The following link is a goldmine of material on reluctant readers: www.literacytrust.org.uk/search?q=reluctant+readers
  • www.peopleforeducation.com A parent-led organization to support public education in Ontario, Canada, but good tips and inspiration here for parents anywhere interested in using their influence to improve their children’s reading and education. Includes news, research and an online community.
  • www.teachingbooks.net For educators but of interest to parents. Its online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used K-12. Includes author interviews, book readings, author websites, booklists, information on book awards and links.
  • www.fatherhoodtaskforceofsouthflorida.org: The Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida includes an initiative called the Fatherhood Reading Squad, which actively encourages fathers to recognize their importance in reading or telling stories to children regularly. See our interview with the founder, Holly Zwerling.

A few more of interest:

  • www.boysproject.net Primarily for educators but of interest to parents. “Showcases colleges, schools, teachers and organizations with projects that help young males develop their capabilities and reach the potential that their families and teachers know they have.” Also develops initiatives and offers research information.
  • www.kidsreads.com Primarily for small kids but has sections for teachers, librarians and parents. Information about books, series and authors. Book reviews, author interviews and special features on books. Also, trivia games, word scrambles and contests.
  • www.pta.org The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) provides U.S. parents and families with “a voice to speak on behalf of every child and the best tools to help their children be safe, healthy, and successful – in school and in life.” Includes information on how to start a P.T.A.
  • www.parents-choice.org Issues children’s media and toy reviews for parents of middle-grade children and younger. Includes booklists and articles like “Tips for teaching kids to enjoy reading” and “Homework help.”
  • www.parentsconnect.com Provides parents of children of all ages with daily tips, recipes, activities, product recommendations and expert parenting information. Under “Your kids,” there’s a “Teen & tween Q&A” with some articles of some interest, such as “Best teen books that you were obsessed with too” and “Dealing with bad grades in middle school.”
  • www.readwritethink.org For educators but also of interest to parents. On teaching literacy; supports excellent teaching, offers classroom resources. By the International Reading Association (Newark, Delaware) and National Council of Teachers of English (Urbana, Illinois).
  • www.teenagerstoday.com/www.iparenting.com Includes parenting stories, expert Q&A, and preteen/teen articles such as “Ten signs your child may need a tutor,” but in general, little to nothing about reading.
  • www.tnpc.com “Dedicated to providing parents with responsible guidance from the world’s most renowned child-rearing authorities.”
  • www.thereadingzone.wordpress.com A book-review blog by a sixth-grade language arts teacher who “strives to instill a love of reading and writing in her students.”
  • www.ukchildrensbooks.co.uk A U.K. website that aims “to increase the profile of U.K. children’s books on the internet.” Includes lists of authors, illustrators and publishers. Also, “help for young writers” links, and U.K. events and literacy organizations.
  • http://usawrites4kids.drury.edu This website’s aim is “to promote literacy and creativity by introducing young readers, parents, teachers and librarians to the work of ‘real, live’ children’s authors.”

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