Dear Amy: My school has a reading contest over the summer. Is there somewhere I can read books online? — Max T., Tulsa, Oklahoma
Dear Max: When you can’t get to the library, reading books online is a great alternative. The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, read.gov/kids, is a terrific resource. You’ll find such classics as “The Diary of Anne Frank” or “The Phantom Tollbooth.” You can also call your local library to see if it has an online book program, as many libraries provide this service.
Children’s Books Online, childrensbooksonline.org, has a large collection of illustrated antique books. Another helpful site, Epic!, getepic.com, is a searchable database of books for kids ages 12 and under that you can browse for free for 30 days. With a parent’s permission you can pay a small fee to get access to the full library.
Another fun thing to do when you are looking for something new to read is simply to borrow a book from a friend. You can even start your own book exchange over the summer. You might be surprised at how much fun it can be to read a friend’s favorite book and then discuss it.
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