The CCB adds annotated bibliographies to our list monthly.
Spanish-language Books for Youth
Various resources for Spanish-language collection development, reader's advisory, and book fairs.
Race and Fantasy Literature for Youth
Suggested fantasy titles that engage the topic of race, plus related blogs.
Comics and Graphic Novels
List of featured links to collection development and other tools specific for comics and graphic novels.
Awards in Youth Literature
This simple guide leads users to websites for awards given to youth literature.
An instructional manual to help librarians when they have a book challenge in their library.
Articles, Papers, and Position Statements on Reading
A few resources with information about children's reading and its importance.
Youth Services Research Projects
Students in the GSLIS program created these websites for classes, but the topics are relevant to anyone working with youth literature.
Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University
This academic website allows you to search over 5000 absrtacts of picture books by keyword, title, or author.
- Database of Award Winning Children's Literature
by Lisa R. Bartle
This searchable database creates tailored reading lists of quality children's literature and searches 60 indexed awards from six English-speaking countries.
- Kent (MI) District Library "What's Next?" database for series books
Searching by author, title, or series name, this free database lists the names of series books in correct order.
- A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books
by Carolyn W. Lima and John A. Lima
CCB Reference Collection - 011.62 L628a2006
Lists the best fiction and non-fiction picture books in various subjects, including emotions, behaviors, activities, character traits, animals, food, and holidays.
- Best Books for Children: Preschool through Grade 6
edited by John T. Gillespie and Corinne J. Naden
CCB Reference Collection - 028.162 G412b2006
Best Books for Middle School and Junior High Readers: Grades 6-9
edited by John T. Gillespie and Catherine Barr
CCB Reference Collection - 028.5 G412be
Best Books for High School Readers: Grades 9-12
edited by John T. Gillespie and Catherine Barr
CCB Reference Collection - 028.5 G412b
Lists books, one sentence annotations, and month and year of when it was reviewed in certain review journals, arranged by major categories including: Literary forms, Literary History and Criticism, Language and Communication, Biography, Memoirs, Etc., The Arts and Entertainment, History and Geography, Philosophy and Religion, Society and the Individual, Guidance and Personal development, Physical and Applied Sciences, and Recreation and Sports.
- What do Children Read Next?
by Candy Colborn
CCB Reference Collection - 016.81308 C671W
What do Young Adults Read Next?
by Pam Spencer
CCB Reference Collection - 016.813 Sp34w
These Gale reference sources for fiction include indexes for Series, Award, Time Period, Geographic area, Subject, Character Name, Character Description, Age, Author, and Title information.
- Kids Reads
This kid-friendly website offers information about authors and books, information about how to start a book club, and games, trivia, & word scrambles.
- Teen Reads
Aimed at teens, this website features author interviews, reviews written by teens and adults, and newsletters. Information about how to start a book club and reading guides featuring a summary of the book and discussion questions are included.
- Reading Group Guides
Reading guides featuring books for adults, organized by genre and broad subjects.
- The Book Haven
Links to websites to help answer questions about how to start a reading group, how to maintain a group once it's formed, and how to decide what the group should read.
- Juniorplots: A Book Talk Manual for Teachers and Librarians
More Juniorplots: A Guide for Teachers and Librarians
Juniorplots 3: A Book Talk Guide for Use with Readers, Ages 12-16
Juniorplots 4: A Book Talk Guide for Use with Readers, Ages 12-16
by John T. Gillespie with Corinne J. Naden
CCB Reference Collection - 028.162 G412j3
Each volume has information about 80 books to help you write a booktalk. All 80 titles have a short paragraph about the author, a detailed Plot Summary, Thematic Material, Book Talk Material, Additional Selections, and sources to find more information About the Author.
- Seniorplots: a book talk guide for use with readers ages 15-18
by John T. Gillespie and Corinne J. Naden
CCB Reference Collection - 028.535 G412S
Same as Juniorplots, but these books are for an older audience.
edited by Joni Bodart
CCB Reference Collection - 028.55 B644
This book, aimed at public librarians, explains why booktalks are important, how to write one, and how to effectively give booktalks.
- Gotcha! Nonfiction Booktalks to Get Kids Excited About Reading
by Kathleen A. Baxter, Marcia Agness Kochel
CCB Reference Collection - 028.162 B335g
Suggest high-interest nonfiction titles and explain why the books are appealing.
- Making the Match, Chapter 9
by Teri Lesesne
CCB Reference Collection - 028.5 L565m
Defines booktalking, explains the components of a good booktalk, provides a sample agenda, lists the dos and don'ts, and offers further resources.
How-to Storytime Sources
Cool Story Programs For the School-age Crowd
By Rob Reid
CCB Reference Collection - 028.55 R272c
Crazy Gibberish and Other Story Hour Stretches from a Storyteller's Bag of Tricks
By Naomi Baltuck
CCB Reference Collection - 372.642 B217C
Storytime Action! 2,000+ Ideas for Making 500 Picture Books Interactive
By Jennifer Bromann
CCB Reference Collection - 027.62 B787s
The Storytime Sourcebook: A Compendium of Ideas and Resources for Storytellers
By Carolyn N. Cullum
CCB Reference Collection - 027.6251 C898s1999
A Storytime Year: A Month-to-Month Kit for Preschool Programming
Susan M. Dailey
CCB Reference Collection - 027.62 D141s
- Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
Includes full-text reviews for many books.
- Horn Book
Includes full text reviews and scholarly articles.
- Library Literature
When searching using title and author as keywords, reviews occasionally pop up.
- Children's Book Review Index
CCB Reference Collection - 010 C4362
Using the year the book was published, choose the appropriate volume to find out which review journals reviewed that book.
- Children's Literature Review
CCB Reference Collection - 026.1 C537
Each volume has excerpts from reviews, criticism, and commentary on eight authors who have written books for children and young people.