Reading Links

Book Trailers

Bookleads wiki

Resources on the wiki include:

The Stacks

is currently in BETA but is already packed full of goodies that will have your students excited about reading. The Stacks is a place for students and their friends to connect around reading. The site is geared toward 9 to 15 year old students. Students can check out and discuss the various books that they are reading. This is a great place for students to discover new books that they may enjoy, or to connect over books that they have already read. Most of the books featured in The Stacks have an accompanying website where students can read what other students thought about the book, play related games, and take quizzes. These mini sites are very well done and so engaging. When I was in elementary and middle school, I often wished that my favorite books wouldn’t end. I remember getting toward the last pages of the book and feeling disappointment over having to say goodbye to the characters I had come to love. I would have been ecstatic over the mini websites that kept my favorite characters alive, making the book last and last. Students can also learn more about the authors of their favorite books in The Stacks. Students can play games that are related to the books they are reading. They can choose from arcade games, quizzes and polls, puzzle games, make your own games (including choose your own adventure virtual stories), writing games, ecards, and downloads that can be printed for offline play. Students can create their own profile on The Stacks, allowing them to customize their profile and background.

This is a Facebook app that should appeal to young adult readers. Developed by the UK’s Channel 4, the Bookstash Facebook app says, “Create and expand your stash of books, review them with stickers, and tag them with keywords you choose!” Bookstash is a good way to get students into reading and may be a springboard to developing your own reading promotional website/social networking site.

Books That Guys Read

Welcome to the Guys Read Virtual Vault of Good Books. This is the place to come if you’re looking for something to get a guy reading. We’ve collected recommendations from teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, parents, and guys themselves. These are the books that guys have said they like. We’ve gathered and grouped them to make them easier to find. So check out the categories below or type something—a title, an author, or a subject you’re interested in—over there on the left.

Story Nory

is a collection of FREE audio books for kids. There is a mixture of new stories, fairy tales, and specially adapted myths and histories. A new audio story comes out each week (this has been true since November of 2005!). Search stories by newest additions, original stories, fairy tales, classic authors, educational, or junior stories. The stories can be subscribed to as a podcast in iTunes, through their iPhone/iPod touch app, via email, or RSS feed. Story Nory offers the text to accompany the audio so that kids can read along.

Literature Circles Resource Centre

Children's Books for Interest Age 13 & Up

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Teaching Literature

Welcome to the Teaching Literature companion web site.
Clicking on a Chapter link to the left gives you one of four chapter resources:
Chapter activities: further activities that you can use with your students. (This is the default link for each chapter; you will be brought to the chapter activities section when you click on a particular chapter.)

Further reading: bibliographies of further reading on the chapter topics.

Web links: links to resource sites.

Literary texts: literary texts for use with students (not included with all chapters).
Clicking on a Generic link above brings you to a list of web resources on that particular topic. These resources may be general information sites, webquests, lesson plans, critical articles, or anything in between. Clicking on a link opens a new browser window. Close that window to return to the Teaching Literature site.
From any page, you can click on the “Teaching Literature” graphic at the top of the page to return to this home page.


is a service that provides condensed outlines and summaries of classic literature. The outlines and summaries are far shorter than those you would find in Sparknotes or Cliffnotes. Most of the outlines and summaries are ten pages, give or take a page or two. What I like about LitCharts is that they color code the themes addressed and symbolism within a particular work. The color coding makes it easy to quickly pick out the themes and symbols in each chapter of a book.
LitCharts can be viewed online, downloaded as PDFs, or accessed through iPhone apps.

Reading Logs

is a free website that makes reading, spelling, and vocabulary simplified. Reading Logs is a great way to organize student reading, spelling, and vocabulary practice. Learning material can be uploaded by teachers to be accessed by students online. Once the material is online, students can use the electronic reading log, vocabulary card creator, and and use the listen and spell practice system. Teachers can upload reading lists and reading goals for their class. These can be weekly or monthly goals and can be set up to track the number of minutes or the number of books read. Online competitions can be setup by the teacher (example: first student to read a certain number of minutes). Teachers can quickly post a vocabulary list where students can look up words with the online dictionary and add definitions to the cards. The cards can be studied online or downloaded as a pdf to print out. With the listen and spell system, teachers can upload spelling lists for students to practice. Students click on a button to listen to the spelling word and practice spelling it. They receive immediate feedback from the program. Reading Logs tracks students reading logs and updates teachers with progress.

Literacy Circles

From Owhata School, NZ


Favorite books, influences, personal affinities

Reading Genres

Posters showing the main reading genres is a website that offers free MP3 streams and downloads of audio books.
Here's a sampling of some popular books.
Call of the Wild - Jack London
The Prince - Nicollo Machiavelli
The Occurrence of Owl Creek Bridge - Ambrose Bierce
The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution
The books are segmented into chapters. The chapters can be streamed over the Internet by clicking on them or can be downloaded for local playback on your computer or MP3 player. For $10/year users can purchase a Zip Pass to allow them to download the entire book's segments at one time. The Zip Pass is unlimited and can be used for as many books as a user wants.

Into The Book - Strategies for Learning

Research shows that skilled readers use a set of learning strategies that help them make meaning from text. Into the Book provides you with tools to help elementary students learn to use these strategies in reading, the arts, and across the curriculum.

Critical Literacy

Good stuff here from Tasmania

Literature Circles Links

Literature Circles - Primary
An Australian site
**Literature Circle links**
Literature Learning Ladders
From Eduscapes
Literature Circles

Skype an Author Into Your Library or Classroom

Wouldn't it be great to invite authors into your classroom or library to video chat with students before, during, and/or after you've read their books? We are growing a list of authors who want to make that connection with you. See the alphabetical list in the scrolling author box on the left. Read on to find out just how easy it is!

Reading the classics 'Paper versus Digital' Why not both?

From Jacqui Sharp some great links to books online, audio books etc

Shakespeare Comics

Free downloads of Romeo & Juliet, The tempest and others from 2008

Shelfari - Your Classroom's Online Reading Journal

Read Print

Online books, poems, short stories.


James Patterson’s Read Kiddo Read

James Patterson’s Read Kiddo Read is a website dedicated to making kids readers for life. This site has a wealth of good information and resources that will help you foster a love of reading in your classroom. Read Kiddo Read has outstanding book lists for every age group. These are tried and true favorites kids books. In addition, Read Kiddo Read has some outstanding features such as a can’t miss reading list just for boys, and an “if your kid likes…” that matches up popular kids toys and movies with books that they may enjoy. There is a great book-based lesson plan exchange that uses popular kids books as the basis for lessons. Read Kiddo Read has some audio interviews with favorite children’s authors complete with a written transcript.

Comprehension Strategies


Adolescent Literacy

Lots of useful links including Classroom (Comprehension) Strategies

Novel Links

Index of Reading Strategies - links to activities on lots of popular novels

Into The Book

Strategies for Learning
What is inferring, anyway? Well, here's our fancy educators' definition:
Readers think about and search the text, and sometimes use personal knowledge to construct meaning beyond what is literally stated.
But for your students, try this:

Use clues to figure out what it really means.
So what are we trying to do here? Here's how you'll know when your students get it!

Books for Boys

We love books that appeal to boys.
Transforming boys into lifelong readers and lovers of books is our mission.

Language Arts presentations Grades 6-12

Awesome Stories

Enjoy an interactive learning experience as you see thousands of hand-selected and relevant links to pictures, slide-shows, videos, audio-clips, artifacts, manuscripts, documents and other primary sources linked, in context, within each story.


Literature analysis, summary, theme, characters etc. Novels include: The giver, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, The Old Man & the Sea, The Pearl

Awesome Stories

AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose - since the site was first launched in 1999 - is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites.

Dave Pilkey (Captain Underpants!)


Plays for Readers Theatre

Although these are for Grades 1 -3, they could provide a useful starting point for older students

Reader's Theater

Aaron Sheppard's site with great reader's theatre links, stories etc

Aesop Site

Animated fables

Reading Units

Based on books - wide variety!


There are links to recommended books from Grade 3 to Grade 8 with short reviews of each.


Interactive storytelling

Classroom Booktalk

Do you love to read? Do you hate reading but every once in a while you read a really great book? Do you love to talk about the books you read? Are you always looking for the perfect book to read? Then this is the place for you. Here you can find book lists and book reviews. You can add your own. You can create...

Children's Literature Web Guide

Internet resources related to books for children and young adults

Big Universe

Best Children's Picture Books Online. Read hundreds of books or create your own! Go here to see a demo of creating your own book.
This looks to be a useful site for creating picture books etc.



You need to sign up to:
  • see what your friends are reading?
  • keep track of what you've read and what you'd like to read?
  • get great book recommendations from people you know?

Reading 2.0

Use the Navigation Menu to Explore a Tech Tool or Technique that Promotes Reading

Inanimate Alice

Inanimate Alice' has proven to be popular across a broad range of ages as well as with a broad range of viewers, including both book-lovers and gamers. Because the level of interactivity starts out low in episode one, increasing with each subsequent episode in order to reflect Alice's own growing abilities, we've found that we can take an audience unfamiliar with multimedia fiction with us. Educators like 'Inanimate Alice' because of this; students from primary to post-graduate level find the work engaging.
'Inanimate Alice' is easily assimilated into learning environments; its use of multimodality (images, sounds, text, interaction) enables students to see storytelling in a new, multi-sensory light. 'Inanimate Alice' is a new media fiction that allows students to develop multiple literacies (literary, cinematic, artistic, etc.) in combination with the highly collaborative and participatory nature of the online environment.

Reading Quest Strategies

Strategies for Reading Comprehension

Literature Circles

Literature Circles Resource Centre

mrcoley's literature circles page

Listen to a digital story
See some pictures from British comics
Read on online here or here (many literacy support resources available as well).

A collection of useful links at the NZ Book Council

Storynory -

Audio stories for children

Literature Circles
Middle and High School Literature Circles - a wiki by Lisa Huff with resources and downloads.

We Tell Stories
Six authors, six stories, six weeks

How to Inspire Students to Read
A discussion on some strategies yo use

Animal Farm 2.0 - Reading won’t hurt

Some ideas for using in the classroom

No Flying No Tights

A website reviewing graphic novels for teens

Book Trailers

The newest way to promote your book is with a video! These videos are called Book Trailers. They are similar to a movie trailer, in that they are designed to build interest in an upcoming or current novel and to encourage people to buy the book that they are based on.
There is information showing how to make book trailers plus some links to completed ones.


A wiki focused on books and with links especially designed for boys and reading!

Adolescent Literacy Toolkit

CCSSO’s Adolescent Literacy Toolkit was developed by the Council and multiple partners in response to a state-identified need to develop the skills, knowledge, and resources of content-area high school teachers to implement adolescent literacy best practices and strategies in their classrooms.
The toolkit includes resources for both states and teachers and has the following purposes:
  • To help teachers understand the value of integrating literacy best practices and instructional strategies into content-area instruction.
  • To provide teachers with useful resources to help them integrate literacy best practices and instructional strategies into content-area instruction.
  • To provide resources to states for literacy professional development conducted at the state level.

E Books links

And on the topic of e-books - I was given a link to Rockfords Rock Opera via Twitter a couple of days ago. Rockford's Rock Opera is actually an audiobook for children and adults - great to listen to on computer, ipod or burnt onto CD. The website has links to a teaching resources about the story. Certainly worth a browse! Thanks to Derek Wemoth for these.

And I've just found this one, Free E-Books

The first online good practice guide for anyone supporting readers.
  • Develop and share good practice in reading. Learn from the experience of others and search the site for inspiration. Wikireadia is your encyclopedia of expertise.

Text Comprehension

Children’s Literature Web Guide

Reading Challenge

Literary Lessons

Reading Strategies

Comprehension Rubric

Reading Comprehension
Within this page,the complex processes involved in reading comprehension are divided into three categories. The categories include vocabulary instruction, text comprehension instruction, and teacher preparation and comprehension strategies instruction. You'll also find useful websites that students can visit to practice their use of comprehension strategies with fiction and non-fiction texts at a variety of reading levels.

Into the Book
Into the Book is a reading comprehension resource for K-4 students and teachers. We focus on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing. Your class can watch our engaging 15-minute videos, and try the online interactive activities.
Behind the Lesson provides teachers with information and teaching resources for each strategy.

Zap Reader

ZAP Reader is a web based speed reading program that will change the way you read on your computer. Current beta testers report reading twice as much in half the time—that's a 300% increase in reading speed, without any loss in comprehension! There is nothing to install, it works with most popular browsers, and it's totally free!

20 Best Websites To Download Free EBooks


Biographies Online

Books and Films which Inspire Teachers

Book Wink

Recommended book for Grade 3 to Grade 8 with short summaries

Comprehension Strategies

from Strategies That Work, Mosaic of Thought, and Reading with Meaning, this page gives you information on the six comprehension strategies known as making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, determining importance, and synthesizing.

Dogeared Book Blog

DogEared is ALL about books. Real kids read 'em & tell us what they think.

The READ Posters Pool

Flickr posters promoting reading

Free Classic Audio Books

Great Book Stories wiki

This is a collaborative wiki space for K-20 students and educators wanting to:
  1. LISTEN AND SEE: Access stories about great books
  2. CREATE: Author original stories about great books
  3. SHARE: Safely share stories about great books with a global audience and receive feedback!

Simply Books

Promoting reading and literacy education for boys

Junking It: Literature Circles

Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3

Graphic Novels in the Curriculum

Literature Map

Aimed at adult authors but young teens could also use it. Click on an author and see other novelists who write in a similar genre


Picture books you can discover, share and talk about

Reading Strategies

Novel Study - Charlotte's Web

Reading Genres

As students record books in their reading logs, they are expected to categorize the books by genre. Since many students are unfamiliar with this concept, they are introduced to each of the different categories during Reading Workshop mini-lessons.
Download PDF Genre posters

Boys Into Books

Download PDF of entire publication!

Speed Read

SpeedRead is a tool for increasing your ability to read and retain information. SpeedRead can read an text file and display the words sequentially. The user can adjust rate words are displayed, the number of words displayed at a time, and the minimum number of letters to qualify a word. A performance counter clocks the actual number of words displayed, the total time and time between word groups.

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Find similar books at the reading level you need.

The Teachers Edition

A wiki with a literature (British and American ) focus

Improving Boys' Literacy

A blog post by Tim Rylands

What Should I Read Next?

Enter a book, CD or DVD that you enjoyed and the site will analyse our database
of real users' preferences to suggest other books, CDs or DVDs that you might like.
It's a bit like browsing the shelves of thousands of friends at once!

Fiction Teachers

The Literacy Project
A resource for teachers, literacy organizations and anyone interested in reading and education, created in collaboration with LitCam, Google, and UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Scary Research Findings Prompt New Internet Reading Strategies

Archy and Mehitabel

Jordan School District Comprehensive Balanced Literacy

The Giver

Carol Hurst's Childrens Literature Site

The Giver

SCORE site

The Giver

Random House

The Giver

Handouts and links

Using Instant Messaging to Engage Children with Reading Comprehension

From Tom Barrett, UK

Strategies for Reading Comprehension