Suggested Reading Sites
American Library Association
If you're interested in what books librarians (who see as many books in a day as you and I will in a lifetime) think should win book awards, then stop at the Caldecott Medal section of this site for the best artists of children's picture books or the Newbery Medal list for the best authors. There is also a section called Book Lists from the Young Adult Library Service Association, which is just a long title for a list of good reads for kids 12 to 18. Check it out because there are some cool books on there that you and your friends may have never heard of before. If you want to know about the latest books for kids your age, dive into the Booklist, a book review magazine online with quick reviews of the best new books. Before you leave The American Library Association, see if your favorite author has a web site listed among the Sites for Children.
The BookHive buzzes with good ideas for reading for kids up to Grade 6. If you've got to write a report about a famous person, for example, just click on Biographies and select your grade level. Up will come a list of great books for you. Under the blurb about each book there are links to what other kids thought about the book. You can add your own comments, too-after you read the book, of course. If you don't need a biography, there are categories such as Adventure, Humor, Mystery, Non-Fiction, Historical and lots of others to try. Don't forget to check out Zinger's Favorites and to vote for your own favorite book at the BeeHive.
The Youth Page, The Canton Public Library
The Canton Public Library knows that kids are often the best people to tell other kids about good reads so this site shares some book reviews by kids ages 8 to 12. You'll find lists of books, info on authors and illustrators (always a nice touch to add to a book report and a definite teacher pleaser), stuff on book series like Goosebumps, American Girls, and Harry Potter, and links to other sites with even more book reviews.
The Children's Bookwatch
This site is probably more for teachers and parents, but if you are a serious booklover and want to get the latest on what's new in books for kids, you should take a peek.
The Children's Literature Web Guide
Think your teacher or your parents need an update on what's new in kid's books? This site has lots of good info for them on trends and new titles in children's books as well as links to some of the best sites for adults. Suggest it to 'em. They'll think you are SO smart.
Award Winning Children's Books
Besides summaries of the Newbery and Caldecott Award winners, there are links to listings of books that have received other awards. Some of these may be books that aren't covered at other sites. Be sure to list your favorite books in the Children's Choice section. When you do, you'll be helping other kids with their book selections.
The Reading Corner
If you are in a hurry to find a book, The Reading Corner is the site for you. For students in Grades 2-8, this site includes quick-to-read descriptions of books for children and young adults. You can zip into fiction, non-fiction, award books, or new books to find THE book you need. Later, when you have time, go back and visit Author's Corner, to hear the voices of authors like Jerry Spinelli (Maniac McGee) and Mona Kirby (38 Weeks to Summer Vacation) and learn more about their writing and books.
For finding and ordering books, you may want to check Amazon and Barnes & Noble. These sites include reviews of books by editors and readers. You might want to add your review to help others with their book selections.
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