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Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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A safe place where kids can review and share favorite books.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn that reading doesn't have to be a lonely endeavor; this site gives them the opportunity to talk about books, which is a big part of the fun. When kids add a book to their BiblioNasium libraries, they immediately get to make choices: Did they like it? Why did they like it? Why do they want to share it with a friend? They'll learn communication skills, improve their writing skills, and -- let's not forget the main thing -- actually read books! BiblioNasium is a warm, colorful community where kids can challenge themselves and have a great time doing it.

Positive Messages

Site makes reading a fun thing to share with friends, which is obviously a good thing. Kids can get competitive or just enjoy the process of logging what they've read, which will give them a feeling of accomplishment.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that BiblioNasium is a social-networking website that lets young readers log and share their favorite books. It's COPPA-compliant (COPPA is the Child Online Privacy Protection Act), which means your kid is going to be as safe as possible while she or he talks about books with other kids and teachers. The site is simple to use and supportive, and the reading challenges will give kids more confidence in their reading skills.

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What's it about?

BIBLIONASIUM is a social network that allows kids to log books, review them, and share or recommend them to fellow kid readers. Parents or teachers must sign up first and then grant access to kids. Users get to choose an animated avatar and then can start to add books to their \"My Books\" section.

Kids can log their progress, create reading challenges for themselves, and review and recommend books to their BiblioNasium friends. In return, they'll get to see what other kids are reading in a safe, private environment.

Is it any good?

It's simple, warm, and welcoming, with lots of highlights that kids will appreciate (like goofy GIF avatars!) as well as safety measures that will reassure parents wary of social networking. The reading challenges create a sense of healthy competition, whether kids are competing against themselves or a friend. Overall, the site instills the sense that reading for pleasure is a great, fun activity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Host a "reading club" at your house. Kids can get together, read their books, have a snack, and then talk about what they liked and didn't in what they just read.

  • If your kid is doing a BiblioNasium reading challenge, do one, too! 

  • Organize a family reading hour and share books and reviews among family members. 

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For kids who love reading

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