Are you celebrating International Literacy Day or looking for your kids first reading books to complement their distance learning, online learning, or blended learning curriculum? Check out these 11 book resources to spark the joy of reading in your young reader, and why the importance of improving reading can help your child with Common Core State Standards.
Browsing the library shelves and asking librarians or friends for recommendations are good ways to find children’s books, but there are also plenty of online resources you can try. You might even find a few tools to support your own summer reading!
Try the 11 book resources listed below:
Bookish is one of several websites that provides you with personalized recommendations based on the books you’ve read. Once you create an account, start adding favorites to your shelf to find new titles. Although older students will be able to manage their own accounts, you’ll have to use the site on behalf of a younger child.
- Connections Academy’s Diverse Reading Lists - by Grade Level
These summer reading lists have been compiled by Connections Academy’s teachers, librarians, and curriculum specialists, and they include fiction, folklore, history, poetry, biographies, drama, and much more. Better yet, we’ve made updates to these lists to include important topics, be representative of diverse authors, and to be relevant in 2020 and beyond.
Students in middle school and high school may enjoy using Goodreads, a book-focused site that encourages interaction. Users can write reviews, track books they have read and want to read, join book groups, take quizzes, and more.
- The Best Children’s Books
Formed by a family of teachers, this site lists children’s book recommendations by subject. For example, you can find books about punctuation, fossils, and ancient Egypt.
- Reading Rainbow Books, a list by ReadWriteThink
If you have fond memories of watching the show Reading Rainbow, then browse this list of books that were featured on this nostalgic show, which first aired in 1983.
- New Children’s Books
Find the latest books for kids at the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) website, which offers a list of notable children’s books each year.
- “100 Best Children’s Books” by Time
Looking for a challenge? See how many books on this list you can read with your child in a year. For children who are a little older, take a look at the list of the 100 best chapter books.
- Best Children’s Books by Amazon
If you don’t want to browse lists to find books, then try sorting through the bestsellers and top-rated books on Amazon’s curated best children’s books for the year page. They even include young adult and editor’s picks as well.
- Scholastic Book Search
This tool makes it easy to find books by topic. Just type in a keyword and then filter the results by age, genre, and book type. Below the search box, you can also find a variety of unique book lists, such as “Books That Build Courage” and “From Page to Screen…”
- International Children’s Digital Library
Let your child spend a little extra time on the family computer by reading free books online. The International Children’s Digital Library (IDCL) offers hundreds of books in different languages. It gives children a safe place to find books, although you may have to help your child start a search.
- We Give Books
Pick a book from this free digital library and read together with your kindergartener or elementary student. All of the books available for online reading are children’s picture books, appropriate for children through age ten. There is a mix of fiction and nonfiction, a range of authors, and an equal balance between read-alouds and books for independent readers. While you read, We Give Books donates real books to literacy programs around the world.
As with other online tools, parents need to check out the resources and then monitor their children’s choices. As your children mature, you’ll know how independent they can be in choosing books offline or online. Someday, the roles will reverse, and they’ll be recommending books for you to read!
Once your child starts the habit of reading, you can continue improving their literacy by checking out this list of resources for helping young readers.