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Finding Reviews of Children's and Young Adult Books

Highly Recommended Review Resources


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
You can also access this from the library's "List of Library Search Tools", from the library homepage. An extensive resource providing critical reviews of children's and young adult books.  Use this database to select books according to genre, interest level, reading level, and much more.

www.titlewave.com
Excellent source of full text reviews from numerous publications. Need to register, but it's free. Well worth the effort.

Print Resources for Reviews

 

Children's Literature Review
Location: EMC Reference 1st Floor North
Call Number: EMC Ref. Z 1037.A1 C5
Description: Excerpts from reviews on books for children and young people. This excellent resource provides literary criticism, interviews with an author and critiques of individual titles. There is a biography of every author whose work is reviewed. To search this index go to the back of the last volume in the set and find your author's name. You can also search this multi-volume set by title.

Book Review Digest
Location: Reference 1st Floor South
Call Number: Ref. Z 1219.C96
Description: Citations to and excerpts from reviews of children's books

Book Review Index
Location: Reference 1st Floor South
Call Number: Ref. Z 1035.A1 B6
Description: Provides citations to reviews of children's books.

Children's Book Review Index
Location: EMC Reference 1st Floor North
Call Number: EMC Ref. PN 1009.A1 C4
Description: Provides citations to reviews of children's books. Locate the index that corresponds to your book's copyright date. Each index in the series is clearly labeled by year on the spine. Locate the authors' name or title of your book. You will find both a list of books that the author wrote that year and a list of journal/newspapers where the book is review. Please note that on the first several page of each index are the title of the review sources and their abbreviations. For example, SLJ is School Library Journal.

 

Online Databases with Reviews

 

Books in Print
You can also access this from the library's "List of Library Search Tools", from the library homepage. Search tip: be sure to change the drop down menu next to the search box from "Keyword" to "Title." Items in the results list that have a start next to them include book reviews. Once you retrieve information about the book, make sure you click on the tab labeled "title reviews" in order to access the review.

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
You can also access this from the library's "List of Library Search Tools", from the library homepage. An extensive resource providing critical reviews of children's and young adult books.  Use this database to select books according to genre, interest level, reading level, and much more.

Children's Literature Review (a part of Gale Literary Criticism Online)
Gale Literary Criticism Online includes the online version of Children's Literature Review, which provides reviews about books for children and young adults.

Masterfile Premier
You can also access this from the library's "List of Library Search Tools", from the library homepage. Toward the bottom of the page, you will see a box headed "document type." Within that box, scroll down until you come to "book review." Click on "book review." Type the title of the book or author's name in the search box.

 

Web Sites with Reviews

 

www.titlewave.com
Excellent source of full text reviews from numerous publications. Need to register, but it's free. Well worth the effort.

Selecting Children's & YA Books by Age, Grade, Genre, etc.

Bibliotherapy Education Project
Use books to address various issues that may arise in the classroom or in life, such as bullying, divorce and grief.
Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
An extensive resource providing critical reviews of children's and young adult books. Also use this database to select books according to genre, interest level, reading level, and much more.
Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University
The database contains abstracts of over 5,000 picture books for children, preschool to grade 3. One can search by using over 900 keywords (topics, concepts and skills) to locate books with storylines adaptable to your particular curriculum or program.
Database of Award Winning Children's Literature
This database has over 10,000 annotated records of titles drawn from 112 children's literature awards. The purpose of the database is to create a tailored reading list of quality children's literature or to find out if a book has won one of the indexed awards.
EMC Reading Levels Database
Search for picture books & fiction by reading level: Lexile, ATOS, Fountas & Pinnell, Scholastic and Titlewave.
FictionConnection
Search for books by topic, genre, setting, character, location and historical period.
NoveList K-8
Search for books by lexile reading level, grade level, genre, author's nationality, author's cultural identity, etc. Read-alikes are also provided.
Picture Book Database
This is a database of over 24,000 picture books. Search for picture books by artistic style, artistic medium, narrative format, theme, main concept, age range, genre, character trait, lexile level, etc.
Recommended Literature Search
Search this database by curriculum area and/or grade level.
TeachersFirst.com
Recommended books listed by grade level.
Titlewave.com
Titlewave enables users to create booklists on a particular topic by grade level. First, you'll need to login (it's free). Then click on the oblong button toward the top of the page that says "collection development."

Lesson Plans

Book Guides from TeachingBooks.net
This resource consists of over 12,000 books for which teaching ideas are provided.
Picture Books from August House
Lesson Plans for Picture Books from August House. Lesson plans for picture books published by August House.
Scholastic Teacher Resources
Lesson plans for children's and YA books.
Teaching Children Philosophy
Teaching Children Philosophy through Picture Books. Use picture books as a means of generating philosophical discussion among children.

Authors and Illustrators

Contemporary Authors
This is an online database which is available to students, staff, and faculty at UW Oshkosh. Provides biographies of a wide variety of authors, including some children's & young adult book authors.
Illustrator's Gallery
View illustrators' artwork & brief biographical information. Produced by the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.
Meet Authors and Illustrators
Extensive list of links to web sites providing biographical and other information about children's and YA authors.
Something About the Author
EMC Ref. PN 451.S6 This multi-volume set, is available in print and electronically. The print resources are housed in the EMC Reference Collection. This should be your first choice for detailed information about authors and illustrators. Something About the Author is a set of over 140 volumes and includes not only well-known writers and artists but also less prominent individuals whose works are just coming to be recognized.
TeachingBooks.net
Offers in-depth interviews with authors, comprehensive bibliographies of authors' works, and relevant links. This resource requires registration, which is free.

Other Children's Literature Web Sites

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature
A collection of reviews of books for children, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom, and collection of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.
CHILDE: Children's Historical Literature Disseminated throughout Europe
Images from European children's books published before 1890.
Children's Book Council
The Children's Book Council (CBC) is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children's books, and is the official sponsor of Young People's Poetry Week and Children's Book Week every year. Includes bibliographies, reading activities, articles on children's books, biographical information on children's and YA authors and illustrators.
Children's Books Online
Children's Books Online: The Rosetta Project. Large collection of illustrated antique books online.
International Children's Digital Library
Online versions of children's books from throughout the world.
Worlds of Words
This is a database of international children's and adolescent literature organized by region, etc.

Children's & Young Adult Awards

Aesop Prize
"The Aesop Prize and Aesop Accolades are conferred annually by the Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society upon English language books for children and young adults, both fiction and nonfiction."
Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
Selected by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association).
American Indian Youth Literature Award
Awards given to the best writing and illustrations about American Indians.
Américas Award
Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. "The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States."
Andrew Carnegie Medal
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video "The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video, supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, was awarded for the first time in 1991 to honor outstanding video productions for children released during the previous year. The annual award is given to the video's producer by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA, through a Carnegie endowment."
Association for Library Service to Children - Books
Association for Library Service to Children - Notable Books. "Each year ALSC identifies the best of the best in children's books, recordings, videos, and computer software."
Association for Library Service to Children - Recordings
Association for Library Service to Children - Notable Children's Recordings. "Each year ALSC identifies the best of the best in children's books, recordings, videos, and computer software."
Association for Library Service to Children - Videos
Association for Library Service to Children - Notable Children's Videos. "Each year ALSC identifies the best of the best in children's books, recordings, videos, and computer software."
Ben Franklin Awards
"Named in honor of America's most cherished publisher/printer, the Benjamin Franklin Award recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Publications, grouped by genre are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field. The trophies are awarded to the best books in several categories"
Booklist Editors' Choice
Annual list of best books from Booklist
Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards
"Awarded annually since 1967, the Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature honor outstanding titles in three categories: Fiction and Poetry, Nonfiction, and Picture Book."
Caldecott Medal
"The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children."
Carter G. Woodson Award
"The National Council for Social Studies established the Carter G. Woodson Book Awards for the most distinguished social science books appropriate for children that depict ethnicity in the United States. The Award hopes to encourage the writing and reading of outstanding books that depict ethnic minorities and race relations sensitively and accurately."
Charlotte Zolotow Award
"The Charlotte Zolotow Award is given annually to the author of the best picture book text published in the United States in the preceding year. Established in 1998, the award is named to honor the work of Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor for 38 years with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 70 picture books . . . The award is administered by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, a children's literature library of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison."
Children's Africana Book Awards
Awards focus specifically on books published in the United States about Africa.
Children's Books Blue Ribbon Awards
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Awards. Blue Ribbons are chosen annually by the Bulletin staff and represent what is believed to be the best of the previous year's literature for youth.
Coretta Scott King Award
"The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force of the American Library's Association Social Responsibilities Round Table. Recipients are authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciate of the 'American Dream.'"
Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award
Recipients of this award must be writers or illustrators who were born in Wisconsin, currently living in Wisconsin, or lived in Wisconsin for a significant length of time.
Golden Archer Awards
The Golden Archer Award is presented to authors of books nominated by students. Nominations are compiled by the WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association) Golden Archer Award Committee and sent back to all schools for the students to vote.
Golden Duck Awards
The Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction Literature "The Golden Duck Awards consist of three cash awards given annually in the categories of Picture Book, Middle Grades (Eleanor Cameron Award), and Young Adult (Hal Clement Award)."
The Golden Kite Award
"The Golden Kite Award is the only award presented to children's book authors and artists by their fellow authors and artists. Four Golden Kite Statuettes - for fiction, non-fiction, picture book text, and picture-illustration - are awarded each year to the most outstanding children's books published during that year and having been written or illustrated by members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. An Honor Book plaque in each category is awarded as well."
Gryphon Award
"The Gryphon Award of $1,000 is given annually in recognition of an English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience is children in Kindergarten through Grade 4. The title chosen best exemplifies those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers." (quote taken from award website)
The Horn Book Fanfare List
Horn Book's annual choices for the best books of the previous year.
Irma Black and James Black Award
The Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature "The Award goes to an outstanding book for young children - a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable, each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole."
Jane Addams Children's Book Award
"The Jane Addams Children's Book Award has been presented annually since 1953 by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Jane Addams Peace Association to the children's book of the preceding year that most effectively promotes the cause of peace, social justice and world community."
Michael L. Printz Award
"The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature."
Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Established in 1966, this is "awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States."
Newbery Award
The Newbery Medal "is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."
Notable Children's Books
Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts. Sponsored by the Children's Literature Assembly, which promotes quality literature written for children and recognizes outstanding trade books as the Notable Trade Books in the Language Arts.
Notable Social Studies Books
Notable Social Studies Books for Young People. These books are written primarily for children in grades K-8. The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text.
Odyssey Award
An award for the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults available in English in the United States.
Orbis Pictus Award
Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. "Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, has established an annual award for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children. The name Orbis Pictus, commemorates the work of Johannes Amos Comenius, Orbis Pictus-The World in Pictures (1657), considered to be the first book actually planned for children."
Outstanding International Books
Books for young people that originated or first published outside the United States.
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
"The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children's science trade books. They were selected by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). NSTA and CBC have cooperated on this bibliographic project since 1973."
Pura Belpré Award
"The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth."
Quick Picks
Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. "The Quick Picks list suggests books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read." (ALA)
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
"The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, established by the Association for Library Service to Children in 2001, is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year."
SB & F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books
These prizes recognize outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults.
Schneider Family Book Award
This award honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.
School Library Journal
The Best Books from the thousands of books reviewed in SLJ, the editors select those that "represent the best of the year's picture books, fiction, and nonfiction."
Science Writing Award
Award winning children's books in physics and astronomy issued by the American Institute of Physics
Scott O'Dell Award
Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. "The annual award of $5,000 goes to a meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults."
Skipping Stones Awards
These books "promote an understanding of cultures, cultivate cooperation and encourage a deeper understanding of the world's diversity. They also encourage ecological riches..." (quote taken from the website)
Teachers' Choices
(International Reading Association) Each year since 1989 the International Reading Association's Teacher Choices project has identified outstanding trade books published for children and adolescents that teachers find to be exceptional in curriculum use.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Awards given to authors and illustrators of beginning books.

Digital Children's Books

The Baldwin Online Children's Literature Project: Bringing Yesterday's Classics to Today's Children
"The Baldwin Project seeks to make available online a comprehensive collection of resources for parents and teachers of children. Our focus, initially, is on literature for children that is in the public domain in the United States. This includes all works first published before 1923. The period from 1880 or so until 1922 offers a wealth of material in all categories, including: Nursery Rhymes, Fables, Folk Tales, Myths, Legends and Hero Stories, Literary Fairy Tales, Bible Stories, Nature Stories, Biography, History, Fiction, Poetry, Storytelling, Games, and Craft Activities." (Description taken from Baldwin's website.)
Children's Books Online: the Rosetta Project
A large collection of illustrated antique books.
Digital Children's Books from the Library of Congress
Digital copies of older children's books.
Historic Children's Books (from Ball State University)
"The Historic Children's Books digital collection includes monographs published during the 19th and 20th centuries for youth. The books feature songs, rhymes, games, fairy tales, histories, and morality tales for children." (Description is from the website.)
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. Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community." (Description taken from ICDL's website.)
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