Mrs. P’s Magic Library
Want to encourage kids to read? Mrs. P’s Magical Library offers kids a bevvy of free stories to read along with Mrs. P herself (portrayed by actress Kathy Kinney). The site offers a sort of virtual storytime, as well as activities and interactive games related to the stories available on The site is not only free for you — but it’s ad-free, too, so kids won’t ever click on anything salacious. This is the perfect place to direct readers approximately ages 4 to 14.

Raising a Reader
Raising a Reader aims to foster a love of reading amongst toddlers and young children, as well as create a bond between parents and their kids. If you’re looking for help encouraging your littlest children to read, Raising a Reader is a great place to start.

SMART (Start Making a Reader Today)
The SMART reading program is designed to help kids become confident readers. Look for a program in your area to find volunteers in your area.

Brian Leaf
Author of Defining Twilight and Defining New Moon, SAT/ACT vocabulary study guides utilizing the Twilight Saga books by Stephenie Meyer. Leaf is also the other of other SAT/ACT prep books and runs various educational workshops.

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
This branch of the American Library Association focuses on Young Adult literature and books for teens. It provides book lists, and hosts Teen Reads Week every year. This is a great place to go for recommended titles for teen readers, plus resources to complement the books and encourage teens to read.

American Library Association: Tips to Encourage Reading
From the American Library Association, this site offers tips for Parents, Teachers and Librarians to encourage reading amongst kids and teens. It includes tips, downloads, book lists and more.

Teen Reads
A great place to find up-to-date information about books for teens, authors, book reviews, book previews, literary contests, interviews and more. This is a very comprehensive site that will keep you informed on new releases and old favorites.

Teen Ink
Teen Ink is a national teen magazine, blog, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing and art. With no staff writers or photographers, all of their content comes from teens. Teen Ink is distributed widely through classrooms, libraries and to thousands of homes across the country.

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material as a free service. Users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.


From HarperTeen (the YA imprint of Harper Collins), InkPop is a site where teens can submit their writing (novels, short stories, essays, poems, etc.) and have it read by a community of teens and professionals. Every month, the top 5 most popular works will be checked out by editors for Harper Collins. They’ll give the authors advice, tips, critiques, and maybe even talk about potential publishing deals. This is a must-visit site for any young, aspiring writer.

YA Books Central

Founded by Sucks to Be Me author Kimberly Pauley, YA Books Central is THE hub for all things Young Adult lit. They offer information about new and upcoming books, author info galore (biographies, bibliographies, interviews, etc.) reviews of books for teens and children, book and industry news, sneak peeks, plus loads more. Oh, and they keep teens on staff. How cool is that? This is a great resource for both teen readers — and for parents and teachers looking for the perfect book to entice your teens.

Multnomah County Library: Teen Services

Whether you’re looking for reading recommendations, links, reviews or other library-related services, this page has lots to offer. It’s also a good reminder that it costs absolutely NOTHING to read a book. Library cards are FREE and librarians are always a good resource for seeking out new, exciting titles.

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One response to “Tools

  1. I am very happy to see this list on a book blog. Fabulous resources. Thank you!

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