by Jennifer Wagner of Connect with your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology and writer of a Parenting Teen page on the Examiner.
One of the best ways for parents to connect with their teens is through the love of reading. There are many places on the Internet to find recommended books for teens. The reviews will allow you to choose books that you think you both will like.
Here is a list of 10 great websites to help you choose books for teens:
1.Teen Reads – This website has everything. It is broken down into so many sections, you can really narrow down your the area that you browse through. They have sections for Authors, Reviews, Cool & New, New in Paperback, Podcasts/Videos, Coming Soon, Features, Series, Ultimate Reading List, Book Clubs, Books into Movies, Newsletter and Search. On the Home Page, featured items from each category are shown. There are also polls, links to award winners and interviews with authors.
2. Teens Read Too – This website is on a much smaller scale. However, it is different. There are pictures of all of the books that they have reviewed. If you click on the book you will be taken to a page with a great deal more information about the book, including other reviews. They also have author interviews, monthly contests, an ask the librarian page, an ask the screenwriter page, and a page with links to homework help websites and crisis hotlines.
3. Reading Rants? Out of the Ordianry Teen Booklists! – This website which has been around since 1998 is now in blog format. Teens can now respond to the reviews in each blog post. The sidebar has a list of the top ten books for each of the past six years. The discussion format is nice, but to see reviews of many books you would have to go through the archives. The other sites are better if you are looking for a book for right now. This blog is something that is better to subscribe to and then read regularly for books for the future.
4. Readergirlz – This is a website for teens to talk about books with their friends, getting the inside scoop on the book, celebrate strong girls in books, reach out to others and inspire girls. Probably the top book website specifically for teenage girls.
5. Guys Read – A web-based literacy program for boys to encourage them to read more by recommended books that males love. A great father/son bonding site, something there is very little of.
6. Free Book Friday Teens – Every week they feature a new young adult author with an exclusive author interview podcast or written Q&A and host a drawing to win free signed copies of his/her book.
7. Teen Ink Book Reviews – Teen Ink is a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos and forums. The book reviews in Teen Ink are all written by teens. However, the reviews are of regular published young adult books.
8. Harper Teen – Although this is a website from a publisher, so all the books written about are published by Harper, it is still a fun website to use. There a still a wide variety of books, and one of the benefits is that you can browse inside them. There are also many contests and other features.
9. L-B Teens – Another website from a publisher, this time Hachette. Here you can actually download some of the books for free and form reading groups.
10. Mother-Daugther Book Club – The founder of this website, Cindy Hudson, shares the same philosophy that I do. Connecting with your teens through reading can bring you closer together.The site contains reading lists, reviews, interviews, and resources.
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