Need help finding a book?

8:49 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Thanks to The Joy of Children's Literature for pointing out this wonderful site yesterday. I had stumbled upon this website awhile back, and even bookmarked it. But since my bookmarks cup overfloweth, it seemed to have gotten lost in the shuffle.

This great site called Book Adventure will assist you and your children with finding age appropriate and interest-appropriate books (yes--it lists sports and recreation books!).

All over the country, summer reading programs have begun. Take it from me, I was at my local library today and I was surrounded by summer reading lists and programs. It's said that during July, kids in record numbers attend library programs, take part in summer reading activities, check out tons of books, and ask library staff for recommendations on what to read next.

If you're not sure what book you want your children to read, just visit this easy-to-use online search tool, created by Sylvan Learning.

From the Book Adventure Website:
Using Book Adventure, young readers not only receive the intrinsic satisfaction of  reading a book and demonstrating their comprehension through short quizzes, but also earn rewards for reading and  demonstrating comprehension of the books they've read. Research has shown that providing extrinsic incentives can  build a love of reading that lasts a lifetime. Book Adventure is the first Web-based, organization dedicated  exclusively to motivating children to read using a technology platform.

To find books, use the Web site's pull-down menus to select grade level, reading level, fiction or non-fiction, and up to five genres. You can also search by author, title, or ISBN–just click on the orange “Search” star (all with the encouragement of Bailey the pink-nosed dog and other cartoon friends). The handy “5 Finger Test” will help kids to determine whether a book they've chosen is too hard for them. Children who are serious about reading tons of books will relish the challenge of tackling Sylvan's entire list of 7,000 recommended titles, available in either HTML or Excel format by clicking on "Book List" (found on the right of the homepage).

Read a report by Gail Junion-Metz in School Library Journal, 6/30/2009
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