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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.

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