Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Websites/Resources for Parents/Teachers to Who Want to Talk to Kids About Books


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten Websites and Resources for Parents/Teachers to Who Want to Talk to Kids About Books

1. Brightly

Brightly is the Penguin Random House site dedicated to helping parents, teachers, librarians, and just about everyone with kids in their lives grow lifelong readers. Brightly offers book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips, author essays, book lists, free printables, and much more!


Teaching Books’s quest is to empower every reader to connect deeply with a book, gain new insights and understanding from authors, and thoroughly enjoy the experience of reading through cultivating an extensive and ever-growing collection of instructional materials about young adult and children’s books and authors.

3. Teaching Guides on Publisher Websites

Many publishers have teaching and/or discussion guides on their website. For example: Abrams Books has a whole teaching guide section, Candlewick Press has an educator resource section, while with Chronicle Books you have to search for the specific books to find the guide (example: Maya Lin by Susan Goldman Rubin). All publishers have guides, so just look around 🙂

4. Activities on Author Websites

Authors also are a great resource because many of them include activities on their websites. For example: Josh Funk has activity kits, Jess Keating has a kids’ magazine and printables, and Deborah Heiligman has information on research and readers’ theater activities. Most authors have something on their website to add to their books–make sure to check them out.

5. Read Write Think from ILA and NCTE

Read Write Think’s mission is to to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.

6. The English Companion Ning

This is Jim Burke’s website, and it is free to teachers. The Ning is a great place to post questions, and the forums are filled with ideas.


NCTE hosts a lot of great pages like the National Day on Writing and the Right to Read. There are a lot of great resources on censorship. Further, ILA hosts a great website about intellectual freedom, and ALA hosts a great pages about banned books.


Let me count the ways I love ALAN. Stop at this website if you love young adult literature. You won’t be sorry.

9. The National Writing Project

The National Writing Project was life-changing for me (Ricki). It shaped how I look at writing. I highly recommend their program and their Summer Institute if you have a local National Writing Project chapter.

10. The 2ndaryELA Facebook Group

This Facebook group makes me so happy. I love reading the ideas and the support from teachers to teachers.


What resources are your go to websites for literacy resources?

RickiSig and Signature

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