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ReadKiddoRead ~ A Review

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When I was growing up, I lived one block from the local library. Very few mothers worked out of the home at the time, and very few drove. If they did know how to drive, most families only had one car during the 1950s and 1960s.  If I felt like getting out of the house, one of the few alternatives I had besides going to a friend’s house was walking to the library. Consequently, I spent many hours browsing through the stacks. My love of books and reading therefore led to my holding high aspirations of some day becoming a librarian. Although I never achieved that goal officially, my professional career has always tended to be in a research capacity.

According to the 2008 Kids and Family Reading Report by Yankelovich and Scholastic, despite 80% of parents wanting their kids to read for fun, most kids claim there aren’t enough really good books for their age group.

James Patterson has taken this issue to heart. A father himself, he knows that one of the main obstacles for young readers is a lack of books kids can truly connect with, those rare stories that draw you in and keep you reading until the very last word. We can all remember the joy of a great book from our own childhood; begging to stay up ten more minutes to finish a chapter, then hiding under the covers with a flashlight to read “just one more.” Patterson has made it his mission to give this experience to children everywhere and instill in them a love of reading.

To that end, he recently launched a new website in order to give kids of all ages access to truly great books. Whether you are still enjoying picture books with your baby or have an older child reading at an advanced level, ReadKiddoRead acts as a resource for finding the best books.

Each featured book, hand-selected by Patterson, includes a synopsis, related themes, quotes from critics, links to find the book in any number of locations (including local libraries), and even similar suggested reads. In addition, the website provides resources for finding book discounts and promotions, features interviews and contributions from authors and celebrities, and even allows members to connect with each other via a Ning community. Providing kids with a love of and appreciation for books gives them something that will remain with them throughout their lives, and this resource helps make that possible. Plus, if anyone can get even the most reluctant readers interested in great stories, it’s James Patterson.

Visit these sites for more Information:  http://mother-talk.com and http://readkiddoread.com

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6 comments

  1. That’s a fantastic idea!

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  2. I grew up as a reluctant reader. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for tween boys, that girls and boys hate to put down. My web site is at http://www.maxbooks.9k.com and my Books for Boys blog is at http://booksandboys.blogspot.com

    I also have a short story in a new book called LAY UPS and LONG SHOTS, published by Darby Creek Publishing. It’s a Junior Library Guild selection. I’m also featured in an article in the 2009 edition of Children’s Writer Guide.

    My other books are all ranked by Accelerated Reader

    Max Elliot Anderson

  3. I would have loved to live that close to the library when I was a kid! That is an awesome website that Patterson started, incredible!

  4. That sounds like a really good idea. My older daughter, London, is a second grader reading on a seventh grade level. She never has any trouble finding a book she enjoys, but I have to pre-screen them for content. Clearly, she’s a strong enough reader for Judy Blume’s “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” but the content is not age appropriate. Her sister, Maddie, on the other hand, is a first grader who has thankfully just moved into chapter books. Until now, Maddie has found the books she could read on her own (consisting mostly of three letter words and short sentences) to be totally boring, relying instead on someone to read to her. Reading chapter books on her own has opened up a whole new world to her.

    As kids get older than my girls, I think particularly boys have trouble finding great reads that match their interests. We’ve just been reading Dan Gutman’s Nightmare at the Book Fair at bedtime. The girls love it and I’ll have to share it with my Roxy’s Best Of… readers.

    I will check out James Patterson’s site… I had ambitions of doing the same thing on Roxy’s Best Of… Books for Kids (left the link on this comment), but I think I’ve only covered one book so far. I need more than 2 posts to receive the LUV!

    Roxy

  5. That sounds like a really good idea. My older daughter, London, is a second grader reading on a seventh grade level. She never has any trouble finding a book she enjoys, but I have to pre-screen them for content. Clearly, she’s a strong enough reader for Judy Blume’s “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” but the content is not age appropriate. Her sister, Maddie, on the other hand, is a first grader who has thankfully just moved into chapter books. Until now, Maddie has found the books she could read on her own (consisting mostly of three letter words and short sentences) to be totally boring, relying instead on someone to read to her. Reading chapter books on her own has opened up a whole new world to her.

    I will check out James Patterson’s site… I had ambitions of doing the same thing on Roxy’s Best Of… Books for Kids (left the link on this comment), but I think I’ve only covered one book so far.

    Roxy

  6. More reason for me to adore James Patterson! I’ve got almost all his books.

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