Thomas Jefferson claimed, "I cannot live without books." Nothing nourishes imagination like reading. Check out the magic at your nearest school or public library.
Sample some of the following activities to learn more about reading.
The following are places to go (some real and some virtual) to find out about reading.
Get wild about reading and visit the New York Public Library which was the inspiration for a program called Between the Lions. This program was designed to promote reading and foster literacy skills. It got its name from the two massive lions that sit at the foot of the steps that lead to the library’s main entrance
Therapy dogs often visit nursing homes to provide companionship, and they also visit hospitals to provide comfort to patients. Therapy dogs are also now playing a role in helping children learn to read. These dogs are trained to sit quietly and patiently and allow children to read to them
This site has many ideas for classroom teachers as well as current research about effectively teaching reading.
Climb up to the hidden nooks of the Magic Treehouse. It is a series of books about a brother and sister, Annie and Jack, who discover a tree house filled with books. The books are magic and take Annie and Jack on exciting adventures.
Visit the legendary library of Alexandria. Alexandria was a powerful and prosperous sea trading city in northern Africa. The library was a huge building with special meeting halls, beautiful gardens, and even its own zoo. The library eventually contained over 500,000 scrolls from around the world. The library offered its knowledge to visitors for hundreds of years
Visit your nearest public library and check out an armful of books
Chat with Mother Goose. She is a great advocate for families reading together
Get to know Paul Jennings. He writes some of the funniest and most unusual short stories you will ever read. His books include Unreal!, Unbelievable!, Uncanny!, Unseen!, and Undone!
Visit with Jim Trelease. He is an expert on reading aloud to children.
BAB Books is the home of exciting and interactive stories for kids. Visit this site for stories the whole family will enjoy. Authors and Illustrators are invited to submit their work for on-line publishing in the BAB Books site.
The goal of this site is to encourage children to read. By registering at this site, students can win prizes by reading books and answering questions. Teachers or parents would need to monitor the online account of the student. There are over 3000 books on this site to choose from
Many wonderful free childrens books are available to read at Children's Storybooks Online. Stories span age ranges from preschool, young children, teens, through young adult
Stanford's Dime Novel and Story Paper Collection consists of over 8,000 individual items, and includes long runs of the major dime novel series (Frank Leslie's Boys of America, Happy Days, Beadle's New York Dime Library, etc.) and equally strong holdings of story papers like the New York Ledger and Saturday Night
The purpose of this site is to provide language help for ESL students. However, have students take the many online multiple-choice quizzes for reading comprehension practice
This site is about (mostly) nonfiction books on ghosts and haunted houses. Ghost-story fans are unique individuals. They don't care where their ghosts come from, they simply want more stories
Introduce this collection of original stories, artwork, rhyming stories, and puzzles to students. There are many pages that you can download to color, even one featuring the American Sign Language alphabet
Read online adventures at Merpy, a site that features animated and musical interactive adventures that change on a monthly basis. Children can read past adventures as well, and there is even a Spanish language version
Secondary teachers: find lists of commonly read books. The books include include lesson plans, discussion groups, and curricular ideas
- Leonhardt, Mary. 99 Ways To Get Kids To Love Reading and One Hundred Books They'll Love. New York: Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1997.
- Trelease, Jim. The Read Aloud Handbook. New York: Penguin Books.
- Trelease, Jim. Hey Listen to This! Stories to Read Aloud. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1992.
- Trelease, Jim. Read All About It!: Great Read-aloud Stories, Poems, and Newspaper Pieces for Preteens and Teens. New York: Penguin Books, 1993.