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Books and Reading

Book Hive
The Book Hive was created by the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, NC), the Book Hive began as a readers' advisory tool. It features their librarians' reviews of children's and young adult literature, which can be accessed via thematic list or a searchable database. Young readers can submit their own comments on books as well. (The "Request an Item" feature is only for those in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Service Area.)

Booktrailers for Readers
Florida library media specialist Michelle Harclerode started this site to promote the Sunshine State Book Award books. It has grown to include her own trailers, professional trailers,and trailers created by kids. There is also how-to information on making book trailers and other information for teachers and librarians.

The CCBC's own blog looking at new books, trends and more in children's and young adult literature.

Children's Book-A-Day Almanac
Book reviews and background information are included this engaging site from children's literature expert Anita Silvey. The alamanac features a main book for each day, as well as book suggestions for many of the major and minor celebrations each day. The "Find a Book" database organizes the selections by age, subject, format (genre), author/illstrator, and date. The interactive sites enables comments on the reviews.

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature
Librarian Lisa Bartle has indexed over 5,000 titles from more than 60 awards and best-of-the-year lists to create this free, searchable database, and she continues to keep it updated. Users can choose to narrow their search based on criteria such as age of reader, setting (nation or urban/rural), historical period, and ethnicity/nationality of protagonist, as well as specific award or best-of-the-year list. Keyword searching is also available.

This not-for-profit web site run by a high school student and his dad invites reviews of books from children and teens. The young reviewers pen their responses to books ranging from old standbys to advance reader copies of books that are about to be released and have been submitted by publishers or authors for review. The site links books reviewed to amazon.com for purchase, with proceeds earned used to purchase books for libraries in need.

Diana Tixier Herald, author of a number of books exploring young adult and adult literature through genres, posts reviews, both her own, and by teen/young adult readers. Reviews include new/ recently published books, nominees for lists such as Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Picks, and others across a number of genres.

Guys Read
Guys Read features books and ideas to promote literacy among boys (and men). It features recommended reading lists, a database searchable by author, title, and topic, links to selected authors, and more. Author Jon Sciescka is man behind the "Guys Read" idea.

Interesting Nonfiction for Kids is a blog offering perspectives on writing--and reading--nonfiction from authors. A varied and often distinguished list of posters shares insight into their own work and responses to the work of others.

International Children's Digital Library
The ICDL Foundation's goal is to "build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world." As of March, 2013, the collection has over 4,500 books in 61 languages. Books are searchable by country of origin, language, age of audience and other traits. The website itself is available in 20 languages.

Just One More Book!
Andrea Ross and Mark Blevins are passionate about children's books and share their lively appreciation in podcasts recorded three times a week at a coffee shop in Ottawa, Ontario. Their program includes book reviews, and interviews with authors and illustrators, while listeners send in their own audio reveiws to share. It's all accessible on a well-organized web site.

Mrs. Mad's Book-a-Rama
Mrs. Mad is the nickname of a primary school teacher in England whose site shows not only her passion for good books but also her understanding of young readers. Her child-friendly reviews, for example, appear in question-and-answer format: What's it about? What happens? Is it easy to read? and they give you an opportunity to tell her what you think about the book. You can also search for books by age level and reading interests, or take a look at Mrs. Mad's own Top 50 books. In addition to her excellent literature information, she provides links to sites of interest to young readers (and their parents).

Notes from the Windowsill
is an online book review journal "celebrating children's books loved by adult readers." Editor Wendy E. Betts, who formerly worked on WEB: Celebrating Children's Literature, offers reviews from that journal, as well as new reviews, and news about upcoming releases, particularly reissues of old favorites.

This "site for ravenous readers" features bookslists by genre and theme as well as timely information on books published for young adults and adults receiving starred reviews in one or more professional review journals. Among the featured lists is "Adult Books for Teens."

Planet Esme
Don't let the chaotic appearance of this site keep you from spending a little time exploring its many thematic booklists (great for storytimes or classroom units) and recommended reads for children. Former teacher Esme Raji Codell also instituted the Chapman Awards for Best Classroom Read-Aloud, and features this on her site as well.

Public Libraries
If you don't know or haven't thought about your public library as your first source for books, literacy resources and reading in your community, consider this your reminder. You can search for your public library on the web on your own own, or locate it through this site.

Read Aloud America
This program to promote reading aloud at home is based in Hawaii but still has some great resources, including book recommendations and tips for parents, that anyone can use.

Read Kiddo Read
Check out the "Community" and "Educator" areas of this site. They feature author interviews, lesson plans, and ways to connect with others around books for children and teens. There are also recommended booklists by age on genre as part of this literacy project spearheded by author James Patterson.

Read On Wisconsin!
Launched in September, 2004, this site is the online book club of Wisconsin First Lady Jessica Doyle. Children and teens are invited to read the featured book each month and log on to share their responses.

Reading Rants
Created by middle school librarian Jennifer Hubert, this site is comprised of annotated bibliographies on high-interest topics for teens such as weight and eating disorders, gay teens, rock bands, teen vampires, spirituality, and drugs. Even nonreaders are likely to be attracted to Jen's recommended reading lists that all have catchy titles such as "Boy Meets Book," "Reality Bites," and "Slacker Fiction," and her chatty reviews of each title make for pleasurable reading, too.

Science Fiction and Fantasy for Children
Linda Day, a librarian at the University of Guelph in Ontario, has compiled this searchable database of science fiction and fantasy book she recommends for children and teenagers. It provides detailed plot descriptions, and age and grade level recommendations. A great resource for any librarian, teacher, parent or reader looking for book suggestions, or looking to find the name of a book they can remember by plot but not title.

Spaghetti Book Club
This literacy inititiave encourages kids to read, and then think and write about books. Anyone can go to their site and read reviews by kids who have participated through their school or any other organization that has joined the Spaghetti Book Club. Only members get the group's curriculum and the ability to post kids' reviews.

Teen Literature Network
An offshoot of the Children's Literature Network, TLN brings together focuses on teen books and their creators, readers, and supporters. A self-described "work in progress," the site invites visitors to "become a part of this shapeshifting process by recommending your favorite teen books and authors, and by sharing your ideas about new features we can implement on the site."

Part of the Book Report Network, this online forum provides teens with a place to talk about literature. The site features teen reviews of books, author profiles and interviews, an online newsletter, and a forum for responding to a question of the month relating to books.

A project of Teachers and Families Working Together, TogetheRead promotes family literacy and shared reading experiences, providing suggested books for kids from birth through high school to experience with adults in their lives.

Read-aloud advocate Jim Trelease (author of The Read-Aloud Handbook) doesn't have the easiest site to navigate, but with a little patience you'll locate insightful and inspiring chapters from his book, as well as his essays on a variety of other topics. Click on the "Site Contents" link in lefthand column of the main page for the quickest way to navigate your way around.

Wands and Worlds: Fantasy and Science Fiction for Children and Teens
This site is the starting point for entry into the Wands and Worlds community, which includes book reviews, chat rooms, fan fiction, a wiki and more. Anyone can browse the site; members ($8 per year; under 13 must have parental permission) get full access to all the site offers.


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