READKIDDOREAD is his site to help grown-ups find books kids will like. Patterson and his wife, Sue, started seeking out appealing kids books when their son was young and not enthusiastic about reading. Their experience looking for books that would excite their child was one of the inspirations for the website.
Read Patterson's piece on CNN.com about how to get kids to become fanatic readers for his take on reading motivation and the importance of reading role models (like TRC volunteers!).
READKIDDOREAD is a great resource for Read-Aloud volunteers to use to inspire or plan their sessions with TRC kids. The site includes
- great book lists by age, theme, genre or issue (like reluctant readers),
- reviews of books for kids ages 0 through teen, reviewed by his stable of experienced children's literature professionals and parents,
- lesson plans for books created by publishers and educators,
- interviews with authors and illustrators and
- resource books for you about reading development.
To use READKIDDOREAD to plan a Read-Aloud go to the readkiddoread.com homepage and follow the steps below.
- Click on the tab for your age group.
- Click on the tab for what type of book you are looking for (storybooks, just the facts etc.).
- Click on a book that looks good, read the review and check out the list below the review that says, "If you love this book, then try..." It will give you ideas for related books for your theme.
- Look for the title under lesson plans (on the educators tab) for ideas about activities. Look for ideas that are active and creative.
- Check to see if there's an interview with the authors of any of the books you've selected (also on the educators tab) for some fun background info for the kids.
- Take all your info and head for the library to look over copies of the suggested titles. Ask the librarian for any other books that might work well for your age range in a Read-Aloud setting.
While you are at the library picking up fun books for your Read-Aloud or to share with the kids in your life, reward yourself with something fun to read too! Some James Patterson, perhaps?