Summer reading lists crop up like wildflowers this time of year. Instead of simply scanning a list, why not check out a website set up by an author to introduce you to his or her books? These sites let you find out more about the world of the story before you make your selections. Here are some websites to help you get started.
Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach - If you love any of the delightful Roald Dahl stories, "Tremendous things are in store for you! Many wonderful surprises await you" at the Roald Dahl website. Visit the Archive where you'll find the "stories behind the stories," read the entertaining blog, and download creative lesson plans you can use for reading activities at home.
The Ramona Quimby books
Interactive features let you explore the "neighborhoods" where Beverly Cleary's Ramona stories take place and play games like "Spelling Beezus." The "Meet the Characters" feature is a good model for showing kids how a character is developed.
Read, Kiddo, Read
James Paterson's Read, Kiddo, Read site actively and enthusiastically promotes reading for kids. It offers lists of books categorized by age group and topic, descriptions, reviews, and great blog articles.
Middle Shelf is a whole magazine about writing for middle grade readers. Read issues of the magazine online for interviews with young published authors, reviews and previews of new books, and recommendations from middle school readers. A great way to find a new read or inspiration for young writers.
The staff at The Literacy and Language Center wish you a wonderful, reading-filled summer!