Now, I don’t know about your house, but in our house we spend a lot of time looking at, reading, and talking about books. And bodily functions, but that’s another story for another day.
In honor of Children’s Book Week, and in an effort to make your life easier, I rounded up a few of the best websites that are dedicated to children’s book and literacy programs. Whether you’re curled up on the couch with your kids and your favorite hard cover, or at the computer reading books together online, take some time this week to celebrate everything that books can add to our children’s lives.
And be sure to check out my website recommendations after the jump!
International Children’s Digital Library 1 of 5From their mission statement: "The ICDL Foundation's goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community."
You and your kids can explore books from around the world, broken down by area, language, age range, subject matter and even the color of the book's cover. And, obviously, all of the books are available for online reading.
You can visit ICDL by clicking here
Storyline Online 2 of 5Managed by the Screen Actors Guild, this website introduces children to popular children's books read by some pretty famous (and some not as famous) actors. I don't know about you, but Betty White and Ernest Borgnine can read me a book any day.
You can visit Storyline Online by clicking here
Better World Books 3 of 5From their website: "Better World Books uses the power of business to change the world. We collect and sell books online to donate books and fund literacy initiatives worldwide. With more than 8 million new and used titles in stock, we're a self-sustaining, triple-bottom-line company that creates social, economic and environmental value for all our stakeholders."
For every book purchased through their site, a book is donated to someone in need, with most donations going to Books for Africa and Feed the Children.
You can visit Better World Books by clicking here
KidsReads 4 of 5Great for older kids, this site recommends books to grade schoolers and tweens that they might not have already heard of. Kids are sent to outside retailers for purchase, though, so make sure they can make a list to take to your local library.
You can visit KidsReads by clicking here
We Give Books 5 of 5Similar in theory to Better World Books, there is one key difference- Instead of a donated book for every book purchased, We Give Books donates a book for every book that is read on their site. An online library, they have an impressive selection of books to choose from, and they even allow you to choose which charity will receive "your" donated books.
You can visit We Give Books by clicking here