I love books! I mean I really love books! One of my biggest missions is to get students to enjoy reading as much as I do. A huge part of that mission is finding books of high interest that are at a “just right” reading level. Today I’d like to share three sites that have helped me do just that.
I share all of these sites with my students and parents. They are perfect to link up if you have a classroom webpage.
Spaghetti Book Club – This site has book reviews for kids, by kids. The books are explained and revered like only kids can do. Reading positive reviews from peers can be a very powerful motivator for students. I love how the students also post illustrations to go with their reviews.
What Should I Read Next? – This site is perfect when you have a reluctant reader who finally finds book that he/she loves. All you need to do is type in the title, and the site will produce a list of books with similar themes at a similar level. I love using this site when I am ordering new books for my classroom library. Every year, there seems that students gravitate toward certain books. This site is great for finding similar books.
Guysread – This is an awesome site designed to encourage young males to love reading. You can find a wide variety of book categories that appeal to guys, including “Creepy and Weird”, “Tales and Scales” and “The Wild West”. When you click on a book title, you get a short review and a chance to rate the book for yourself. This feature encourages students to come back, contribute to the site, and find more great books. Seeing high ratings from peers can be a strong motivator for our students.
These sites are all easy and fun to use. Enjoy!