Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Reading is so great!

Nathaniel is an avid reader, and lately, the bigger the book the better. He just loves keeping his nose in the books! I am so thankful that reading is one of his passions. Not all kids are into reading especially since our world is so overpowered from media overload. Many parents struggle with getting kids interested in reading when the video games are calling their names. Reading just may not seem "fun" to kids of today.
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 , a father himself, knows that one of the main obstacles for young readers is a lack of books kids can truly connect with. 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. James Patterson has started a wonderful site called Read Kiddo Read. The site covers picture books that you are still reading to your baby/toddler to advanced reader 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.
Having visited the site, I saw the wide variety of books for recommendations. It makes it kind of fun for kids to see the books that may interest them. What a fun site to check out with your son or daughter. I recommend giving ReadKiddoRead a try, and maybe your child's interest in reading will grow.
Thank you MotherTalk for this review opportunity!


Anonymous said...

Great resource! Thanks Sarah!

Gretchen said...

My son has been reading since he could hold a picture book by himself. He read Tolkien's Lord of the Ring trilogy in the third grade and hasn't looked back since. :)

Nice resource there. Will have to spend a little more time on it when I'm feeling better.