Let’s take a break from talking about websites we want our kids to avoid, and take a look at a site we can recommend. It’s nice to say YES for a change, right? Kidsmomo is a website for kids 8-13 where they can not only get book suggestions, but share their own book reviews, too.
I’m always looking for some book ideas to share with my daughter. She burned out about halfway through book 6 in the Harry Potter series, and since then has not been what you would call an “avid” reader. I finally realized she just has to find the right book and then she won’t put it down. Helping her find books that she’ll love has been tough as she doesn’t go for some of the more popular series. (No Hunger Games, Lightning Thief, or Twilight on her reading list).
Enter Kidsmomo! The site is authored by two children’s book enthusiasts who seem to genuinely love reading children’s books. They also have a combined decade of experience working in the children’s and educational online space.
The site is easy to navigate and feature sections for Recommended Reads, Reviews written by kids, Podcast and Videos, Themes, and Blogs.
I really like the Themes page. Along with standard book genres like “Mystery” or “Fantasy” there are creatively named categories such as “Girl Power”, “Unusual Animals”, “New Kid” and “Wacky Families”. If you know your child likes reading books that fit into any of these descriptions, have them click around and they may discover a new book for their summer reading pleasure.
The site will appeal to kids (and adults) of all ages with an emphasis on colorful graphics and playful writing style. I stumbled upon this animated review (spoiler alert if you plan to read the book) and thought it was hilarious!
A reading site safe for kids
Give Kidsmomo a look and send the link to your older child or young teen (I guess that would be tween). Help them pick out a new read for the beach! Having a good book on hand can help with balancing screen time with read time this summer.
Other sites for discovering new books
- Common Sense Media: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-lists
- Scholastic 100 Greatest Books for Kids: http://www.scholastic.com/100books/
- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/childrens
- And your local library of course!
Know of other great sites for connecting kids with books? Leave a comment!