P2 is beginning to make good progress in her reading skills as well and it is really thrilling to see the pride in her eyes each time she can figure out a new word or two. She also loves to be read to and the more dramaticly it is presented, the better. The latest thing with her is the Tales of Abby the Panda that I tell her each night. Sometimes these tales are long, sometimes short and some are decidedly better than others but my sweet girl does not care. She just loves that I tell them, just for her.
Brett does not share that same love of reading that I have and we have talked about why. He has several siblings who love to read, as do his folks now but while he was growing up, there just was not a lot of time available for someone to read with him and the choices of literature for geeky little boys was not then what it is today. We have talked about how we can develop that love of reading in our girls, both drawing on our past experience.
After one of these discussions between Brett and I, I wrote a post back in October titled Reading to Develop a Reader. In it, I give the great suggestions provided by the American Library Association on how to turn the average child into a voracious reader. I also list some good recommendations of types of books but it is very general in nature. So imagine my delight, if you will, when I learned about what renowned-author James Patterson has created - ReadKiddoRead.
ReadKiddoRead is a website where you will find lists of books for varying age groups. It’s divided into four age categories: Great Illustrated Books (0-8), Great Transitional Books (6 & up), Great Page Turners (8 & up), and Great Advanced Reads (10 & up). What's really cool is that you can read reviews by authors and publishers, giving both parents and their children a great place to find an exciting new story lines your kids are sure to love.
Along with the book recommendations, he includes related themes, links to find the book in all sorts of locations including your local library, quotes from critics, even similar suggested reads. The website also helps you find book discounts, special promotions, featured interviews and a variety of contributions from authors and celebrities. It is a fantastic help for parents like us.
This review written in partnership with Mom Central.