It thrills the hearts of librarians and parents when a child falls in love with a book. Some children are just born readers and will read any book they can get their hands on. Others aren't quite so eager, so when the reluctant reader "clicks" with a book, you want to build on that interest.
What can you do when a child asks for a book "just like" that favorite? ReaderGenie, a free service provided by the online children's bookstore Through the Magic Door, can help parents, teachers and librarians to match kids with books via a simple online search. You can specify age/grade level, subject , genre, or choose from a menagerie of animal protagonists. You can even search for books that deal with certain emotions, issues and values.
If you're a busy parent with an iPhone, you can download a free App that will allow you to search for books, bookmark results and even purchase books from your iPhone or iPod touch.
A few minutes with ReaderGenie could make a lifetime of difference to your young reader.