The libraries are full of children’s books — some good, some not so good. It can sometimes be overwhelming to try to find the right books for your family. Unless you have time to peruse them all before you check out, you may (like me) find yourself at home with several books that just weren’t a good choice. But there is a better way to search for good literature, and with the Internet, anyone can do it: visit children’s book review sites online.
Here are a few sites to get you started:
ChildrensBookReview (www.thechildrensbookreview.com) – This site is straightforward and easy to navigate, with the books organized by age and category. It’s a great site to visit if you don’t have a specific title in mind.
LookingGlassReview (www.lookingglassreview.com) – This is one of my favorite children’s book review sites. The books are classified by ages and genres, with a special “Features” section highlighting biographies, historical books, and seasonal and holiday selections. You’ll also find links to author websites as well as publishers and literary organizations.
Books4YourKids (http://www.books4yourkids.com/)- This is another favorite review site of mine. The author of this site is a mother and bookseller of 14 years. You can find her reviews listed by book title, author, or reading level. The reviews are detailed and thoughtful — a great help when choosing a book for a child.
SpaghettiBookClub.org (www.spaghettibookclub.org) – This site is a children’s book review site with the reviews written by kids! You can look up reviews by book title, the name of the child who reviewed it, or the author of the book.
TheReadingTub (http://www.thereadingtub.com) – This site, by a non-profit organization, is dedicated to promoting reading and literacy. Click on the link for book reviews at the top of the home page, and you’ll find reviews categorized by the age of the reader. There are also reviews of books about adoptions, books for reluctant readers, and books for remedial readers.
Want to find a good read? Check out the reviews, then check out a great book!
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Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell
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