Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Read, Kiddo, Read!

James Patterson, the mega-bestselling author for adults and kids (and the only one to be on both the adult and children's book bestseller lists simultaneously!) has launched a fabulous new website about kids, books and reading. Called "Read, Kiddo, Read!" (http://www.readkiddoread.com) it features a veritable smorgasbord of delights and resources for getting kids reading. Of course there are recommended book lists - organized by age, and category, with wonderful reviews by the superb Judy Freeman and attendant information and recommendations like "If you love this book, then try..." There's also a great community sprouting up that you can join. Members can post their own recommendations and ideas on blogs, chat in forums, generate links, add video etc. There's a newsletter, and wonderful regular postings by Judy Freeman with topics like "Almost Can’t-Miss Sure Shot Books…for Boys" and "Great Books Under the Tree 2008." Finally, there are author interviews - and I'm proud to say I participated in one with my mother. From the RKR home page, click on the blue "The Interviews" button to the right of the RKR logo, and ours is the first interview link at the top of the page. Hats off to James Patterson for leveraging his extraordinary talent and success for such a great cause!

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