Here are a few places to look for good children’s books. Remember, our library staff is always ready and willing to help you find whatever resources you are looking for!
The Children’s Book Review was named one of the ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Great Web Sites for Kids, The Children's Book Review is a resource devoted to children’s literacy. They publish reviews and book lists of the best books for kids of all ages. They also produce author and illustrator interviews and share literacy based articles that help parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians to grow readers.
Commonsense Media is another excellent resource for not only book reviews, but all forms of entertainment. Rather than just giving an age range, they indicate levels of sex, violence, drugs and consumerism as well as educational value, positive messages and role models. Some context is given as well. They are not affiliated religiously or politically, and seem more balanced than the ideology-based rating sites. They respect quality, and the "talk to your kids" section, offering ideas on using each book as a conversation starter with your child, is a plus as well. (Recommended by Sarah Dentan at the Sacramento Public Library, 9/23/2011.)
The ALA Book, Print & Media Awards is an alphabetical list of Children & Young Adult Awards from the American Library Association
NoveList will help you find new fiction titles to read. Search by favorite author, title, or series and find similar titles, reviews, and reading group guides.
Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews is great if you're looking for something quirky. Through the Looking Glass states: “Our goal is to provide parents, teachers, and others with a tool to help them find truly exceptional books for the young people in their lives. We do not sell books, we just review them, and we only review the books we like, so our reviews are always positive ones. …[We do] what we can to review books published by small houses, to publicize organizations who work for children, and to publicize the work of new authors and illustrators.”
Know the title of your son's favorite series but have no idea what order the books come in? Remember who wrote that book your daughter loved, and wonder what the name of the sequel is? We'd like to share a couple of great websites with you: The first is Juvenile Series & Sequels from the Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, Missouri. We think you will really find this useful! Thanks to the folks at Mid-Continent! The second is Novelist, a reader's advisory database to which we subscribe that has wonderful information on series. We hope you will find these helpful.