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Review Journals

ALAN Review
Published by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council for Teachers of English, the ALAN Review features reviews of and articles about young adult literature, as well as original author profiles and interviews. The on-line version provides the full-text of reviews and articles about young adult literature from Winter 1994 to present. An especially useful feature is the keyword index , which will search the entire online archives.

Book Links
Technically not a review journal, the American Library Association’s innovative bimonthly magazine aimed at classroom teacher and librarians features is all about books for children and young adults. Each theme-based issues is comprised of articles recommending books for children and teenagers on a wide range of topics. Their home page includes a preview of coming attractions and two cumulative indexes which provide subject and author/title access to the complete run of the magazine.

Booklist
The review journal of the American Library Association has a well-organized, easy-to-use on-line version includes a generous selection of current reviews, selected feature articles, and a web-only cumulative index to the printed version of the magazine. The print version reviews thousands of new titles for children, young, adults, and adults annually, and includes special focus features.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Based at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books is devoted to reviewing new books for children and young adults. The on-line version includes some features from the monthly journal ("The Big Picture" and the list of starred titles from each issue) as well as features specific to their web site, most notably a monthly theme-based list of titles on oft-requested topics (survival stories, books like Where's Waldo, etc.).

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
This review journal of Canadian children’s and young adult literature is published by the Manitoba Library Association. Originally a print publication, it is now available online only as a fully accessible electronic review journal, published biweekly. Here you'll find reviews of Canadian children's books and other materials, as well as news and feature articles, and archives that go all the way back to 1971. At the very least, check it out to see how things could be in a utopian future for librarians and teachers.

Criticas
From the publishers of Library Journal and School Library Journal comes this journal devoted to Spanish language materials, including books and other media. Críticas offers librarians and others serving Spanish-language populations crticial reviews to help build and maintain Spanish language collections. On its web site, you can find archived articles, and special features such as annual "best of the year" Spanish language books and other resources, and lists such as "The Basics: 100 Fiction Titles You Should Stock."

Five Owls
The Five Owls offers reviews of children's books as well as thematic booklists and essays on literature for children. Their web site offers a sampling of articles from each issue in full-text, as well as the reviews of the books on their annual "Books of Merit" list.

Horn Book Magazine
The Horn Book Magazine reviews new books for children and young adults, and features articles and commentaries on issues in children’s and young adult literature. The online version includes excerpts from selected current articles, columns and editorials, sample reviews, and a complete list of Boston Globe/Horn Book Award winners. Be sure to check out the History section, including a wonderful "virtual history exhibit" created by Lolly Robinson.

Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews publishes nearly 5,000 book reviews every year, including adult, young adult and children’s titles. Their web site requires a subscription for full online access to reviews, but browsers can see what was reviewed in the most recent issue and read the start of each review.

Multicultural Review
This journal focuses on race, ethnicity and religious diversity and provides reviews of books and other media with multicultural themes and topics, as well as articles on critical issues in multicultural literature and education. Reviews are not available on their web site, but selected articles from recent issues are. multicultural themes and topics. Reviews are not available on their web site, but selected articles from recent issues are.

Publishers Weekly
The trade journal for the publishing industry features news and articles on publishing trends as well as reviews of new books for adults and children. Each year, a February and a July issues highlight new children's books for spring (February) and fall (July). The web site offers browsers a sampling of information but requires a subscription for full access.

SB&F (Science Books & Films)
This online journal (formerly a print publication) is published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It reviews print and nonprint materials about the sciences for all ages. A subscription is required for full access, but a sample issue and sample reviews are available free, as are their annual "Best Books" lists.

School Library Journal
This journal includes articles on timely topics of interest to school library media specialists, and reviews thousands of new books for children and teenagers annually. SLJ's web site requires you to pay for access to its best features, but there are still a few things available for free that make it worth an occasional click.

VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
This bimonthly journal features reviews as well as articles and editorials on young adult literature. VOYA has a regular graphic novel feature, and reviews and commentaries from teens as well as adults. The web site features sample reviews of recent issues as well as full- text articles and editorials.

 


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