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100 Fantastic Book Sites for Kids & Teens
January 19th, 2010
The Internet is filled with plenty of awesome places for children and teens who are interested in books, and even a few places for those who need a little help in the motivation department. Whether you are studying to become a teacher, already work with children, are a parent, or a teen yourself, you will find the following sites are full of ways to embrace books and a love of reading, no matter what age the reader. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to enhance a child’s education while encouraging a love of reading with these fantastic book sites.
Reading Motivation for Children and Teens
If you know a child or teenager who needs a little encouragement or is struggling to learn to read, then check out these great sites.
- Book Adventure. Perfect for kids in grades K-8, this site lets readers create a list of books from 7,000 listed, then take quizzes and earn points for their progress.
- Bookwink. Bookwink posts three-minute videos each month about specific books in an attempt to spark interest in students in grades 3-8 to read. You can search their book list by subject, grade level, author, or title.
- Click. Designed specifically for Click Magazine subscribers, in addition to plenty of activities to promote reading and curiosity, this site also contains several lists of recommended books by age level that are worth checking out.
- Leading to Reading. Sponsored by RIF, this site is geared to preschoolers and the grown-ups who care for them.
- Read.gov. The Library of Congress hosts this site that has something for both younger and older readers, no matter what their interests. They even have a fun story project with contributions from a variety of popular authors.
- ReadKiddoRead.com. James Patterson started this site to encourage the love of reading in children. Find book recommendations, reading guides, fun quizzes, and more.
- Reading Rockets. This site is from the US Department of Education and is designed to help emergent and struggling readers.
Picture Books and Younger Reader Sites
These sites are designed specifically for younger readers.
- Fun with Spot. Parents, teachers, and young children who love Eric Hill’s Spot books will enjoy the activities at this site.
- Little Critter. This site is based on Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter books and includes plenty to keep younger readers busy.
- Maisy’s Fun Club. Read, play games, and color with the cast of characters from the popular Maisy books.
- Peter Rabbit. Children can enjoy the games, learn about the characters, and find activities while parents and teachers will find information about Peter Rabbit and his creator, Beatrix Potter.
- Book Pop. Children can follow along as stories are read by Stephen Cosgrove. Readers can control page turning, reading, and more to enhance their experience.
- Bedtime-Story. These classic stories include options to hear about the story or to have the story read aloud.
- Children’s Books Online. Scroll down and click on the "To the library" under the Rosetta cart to find a listing of antique books. Some can be read only and some come with audio.
- Clifford Interactive Storybooks. If you love this big red dog, then check out the storybooks here.
Elementary Reader Sites
As your readers become a little more confident in their abilities, they will appreciate these sites that celebrate great books and authors.
- Speakaboos. This awesome site brings fables, popular books, fairy tales, and more to life with celebrity readings, spot-on graphics, and upbeat music. Readers can follow along as they hear each story read.
- Official Berenstain Bears’ Website. Readers of the Berenstain Bears books will have plenty of fun on this site that includes plenty of activities to keep young readers busy.
- Kids@Random. Learn about new releases from Random House or click on one of the many mini-sites devoted to books and series such as Dr. Seuss, Junie B. Jones, Little Golden Books, and Magic Tree House.
- Curious George. This site offers downloadable goodies to have a "Curiosity Day" plus a ton of other fun activities to do online.
- Seussville. Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss? Check out this fun site that celebrates Dr. Seuss’ books.
- Storyline Online. Members of the Screen Actors Guild introduce and read popular books while readers can follow along on the pages of the book.
- MrsP.com. Classic children’s literature is read aloud by actress Kathy Kinney, who is supported by an interactive Web site.
- Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. Find information about favorites such as Olivia and The Spiderwick Chronicles at this site.
Teen Reader Sites
These sites range from places to find book groups and reviews to sites aimed at specific teens such as those who like to write or teenaged guys.
- Guys Read. This amazing site is all about promoting literacy to boys and young men. Find a whole host of books that will appeal to boys, find positive male role models, and much more.
- Teens@Random. Like its counterpart for younger readers, this site offers glimpses at new releases as well as information about authors and books and even newsletters they can get.
- Borders Ink. If you have a Facebook account, then check out this site from Borders Books that is all about teen literature and graphic novels.
- readergirlz. Aimed specifically at older, female readers, girls will find book recommendations, thought-provoking questions about stories, book discussions, and more.
- Simon & Schuster Teens. Find out about new releases, read about your favorite authors, and even read excerpts on this site.
- Book Divas. This site is an online book club for young adult and college readers. Scroll down through the forum listing to find other fun stuff like contests and quizzes.
- Young Adult Fiction. Participate in online discussions about young adult fiction here.
- Teen Ink. Teens interested in writing and reading can submit works, read articles, enter contests, and more.
- Teenreads.com. Find out about series books, new releases, enter contests, read the blog, and more on this site.
Popular Book Series
These sites are devoted to specific book series. Discover a favorite in this list.
- Animorphs. Read about the books and the characters in them, play games, and more at this site.
- The Baby-sitter’s Club. Find out how this series got started, get real babysitting tips, and read about each of the books here.
- Little House Big Adventure. Fans of the Little House on the Prairie series will love this site that has tons of information and activities.
- Harry Potter. Write seven-word reviews, vote in polls, and get other bonuses like watching JK Rowling read and getting a peek at a new HP poster.
- The Online Adventures of Captain Underpants. There is plenty for both kids and adults alike on this site devoted to one of the favorite characters in school.
- The Rodent’s Gazette. Kids who enjoy reading about the adventures of Geronimo Stilton will love checking out this site.
- Bone. Participate in the message board discussing this graphic novel or browse around to read about the author, play games, and more.
- Trollz Reading Circle. Build your own Trollz Web page, talk about the books, and find plenty of other extras here.
- Junie B. Jones. Test your Junie B. knowledge with a quiz, download coloring pages and activity sheets, and much more.
- Lemony Snicket. Ignore the warning not to enter…unless you really don’t like this series.
- The Magic School Bus. Kids who like these books will find science kits, monthly experiments, and more fun with Ms. Frizzle and her class.
- Roald Dahl. Learn about Dahl’s books, get activities, and learn about the author himself at this site.
- Hans Christian Andersen. Learn about this famous Danish author and read his fairy tales and stories.
Online Social Book Sites
These sites offer a great place to organize and discuss books you’ve read or would like to read. Most of these sites have a minimum age of 13 and some require parental consent if you are under 18.
- Goodreads. Join a virtual book club, organize your books by shelves, and more when you join this network.
- Shelfari. Create a virtual bookshelf of the books you’ve read or want to read and connect with other readers over books.
- aNobii. Organize your books, make online book purchases, and even blog about your book with aNobii.
- Library Thing. Read reviews, catalog your books, and more when you sign up here.
- BookRabbit. You can upload photos of your real bookshelves, join in discussions with other members, and use with Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace.
- ConnectViaBooks. This global community allows you to connect with members around the world and talk about books.
- weRead. This site features author-members, offers fun quizzes, and you can use it with your Facebook account.
- Noting:books. With a little twist on the book networking idea, this site lets you keep notes about the books you are reading, including the day your started and any thoughts you have as you read.
- ReadWhale. Tweet your thoughts about books when you join this site. You can also connect with other members, organize your books, and more.
- BookJetty. BookJetty lets you track books and find out if books are available in local libraries, in addition to the usual social networking.
These sites provide an opportunity for kids to read online, free of charge.
- International Children’s Digital Library. Children around the world can access this awesome library. Register for free to have access to cool features such as bookmarking your page in a particular book and creating your own bookshelf.
- Project Gutenberg. This site offers over 30,000 free downloadable ebooks, many of which are also available as audiobooks.
- Read Print. Get over 8,000 free books online with authors such as Jane Austen, Mark Twain, and Beatrix Potter.
- Classic Reader. Browse through categories such as "Young Readers" or "Non-Fiction" or search by author or title to find a free online book here.
- Page by Page Books. Scroll through this alphabetical listing to find books like Anne of Green Gables and Cinderella.
- StoryPlace. This digital library has books organized by preschool and elementary, and is also available in Spanish.
Find book reviews specifically for children’s and young adult’s literature in this listing.
- Inkless Tales Reviews You Can Use. Find book reviews categorized by reading level, picture books, poetry, and gift books.
- Building Rainbows. This site allows students to write and post book reviews. Take some time to see what others have written, too.
- Just One More Book. This is the site of the popular podcast by the same name. Currently, posts are slow as Andrea and Mark are focusing on getting Andrea through cancer treatment, but the books here are well worth making a visit to the site while they are on hiatus.
- Kidsreads.com. Read about series books, new releases, and more or sign up for newsletters, participate in polls, test your knowledge, and more.
- The Children’s Book Review. Get book reviews for early readers through teen readers here.
- Children’s Book Reviews. Education Oasis provides tons of book reviews on fiction, non-fiction, and even picture books.
Encourage listening skills or provide support to children with learning disabilities with these free audio books.
- The Story Home. Get original and classic children’s stories here where new stories are offered every two weeks.
- Storynory. Download free classic children’s literature, fairy tales, and original stories at this site.
- Light Up Your Brain Free Audio Stories for Kids. Not only can you hear these stories, but you can also follow along with the text provided for these stories that include classics mixed with original stories.
- Wired for Books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Listen to this dramatic reading of this classic as performed by the Wired for Books players.
- LibriVox. Find plenty of free audio books including some of the classics such as Tom Sawyer and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
- Free Classic Audio Books. Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn are just two of the classics you can listen to from this site.
Blogs about Children’s Literature
These blogs all focus on children’s literature and offer reviews, suggestions, and information on literacy.
- Kid’s Lit. The Menasha Public Library tells about new books, most of which are for younger readers.
- 5 Great Books. Each post provides five great books for beginning readers based on a theme.
- Booklights. Find information on picture books as well as other literacy-based information on this site by PBS Parents.
- Mo Willems Doodles. Mo Willems fans can stay on top of his work and even take a sneak peak at some of his newest projects.
- jama rattigan’s alphabet soup. What better combination than food and books–all for the younger set on this blog.
- Picture Book of the Day. Find out about great picture books and also get lessons on how to teach writing based on these books.
- Mermaids on Parade. The illustrations take center stage here.
- Painting Bunnies. If you want to learn more about writing and illustrating children’s books, learn from this professional.
- Three Silly Chicks. Discover silly and fun books just right for kids with the recommendations here.
- Saints and Spinners. Storytelling is the basis of this children’s book blog.
- The PlanetEsme Plan: The Best New Children’s Books from Esme’s Shelf. Find out which picture books and books for reading aloud Esme will choose when you read this blog.
- MotherReader. They say Mom always knows best. Find out what this mom recommends when it comes to children’s books.
Blogs about Young Adult Literature
From fantasy to adventure to poetry, these blogs are all about literature for teens and tweens.
- Finding Wonderland. See what these bloggers have to say about young adult literature here.
- The Longstockings. A collaborative blog, this one provides discussions on children’s and teen literature from several perspectives.
- The Story Siren. With a clear star rating system for separate elements of each book, this blog makes it easy to know what books you might like to read.
- Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature. If you are interested in discovering deaf characters in young adult literature, then this is the right blog for you.
- Bookworm 4 Life. Written by a librarian, this blog features teen literature.
- Guys Lit Wire. This is a great blog for teenaged boys to find book recommendations and reviews.
- Tempting Persephone…. Find fantasy and alternate reality young adult literature here.
- GreenBeanTeenQueen. This librarian blogger offers reviews on teen and tween literature.
- Wands and Worlds. Learn about books focusing on fantasy and science fiction for young adults.
- In Search of Giants. Get reviews on tween, teen, and young adult literature here.
- bookshelves of doom. Young adult literature with a mix of fantasy is featured on this blog.
- The Book Cellar. See what this 16 year-old blogger has to say about the books she’s reading.
- Pop Culture Junkie. Read reviews on young adult literature at the Pop Culture Junkie’s blog.
- Bildungsroman. If you are looking for poetry as well as young adult literature, then check out this blog.
- Oz and Ends. Find out about fantasy literature and comics for teens and young adults.