Resources for Readers

TeachingBooks.net: Author Name Pronunciation Guide

Ever wonder how to pronounce your favorite authors’ names? Wonder no longer! This page features audio recordings of authors pronouncing their own names–from the simple David A. Adler to the more complex Jon Scieszka–and often giving a little background information about the name or frequent manglings of it.

What’s Next™: Books in Series Database of Kent District Library

When I am reading a series, I often have a hard time figuring out which book comes next; this database is the key! You can search using the author’s first or last name, series title, or even the title of a book in the series. This database is incredibly useful for young readers who get hooked on an author or series, particularly one that requires a sequential reading for proper understanding!

YourNextRead.com

I’m not sure exactly how this service works, but the purpose is to help recommend “read-alikes” (books that are somehow similar to the initial search) or suggestions for further reading. It doesn’t appear to be perfect (I was unable to see what sort of connection several of my trial searches had to the recommended web of books), but a thumbs up/down user input feature is apparently meant to help hone the recommendations, so read, try, and help make this interesting service more serviceable!

Whyzz.com

Readers are thinkers, and thinkers need good answers to their questions! Whyzz (pronounced “wise”) is a website dedicated to answering kids’ questions about the world around them in simple, kid-friendly ways. The information is intended for kids ages 4-8, so parent involvement (as suggested by the tagline “whyzz parents raise wise kids”) is important for helping a child create good search terms, navigating the categories, or deciding how exactly to share with the child the information found based on the child’s needs and maturity. Unlike other random internet search results, the writers for Whyzz include bibliographic information from their research into answers to provide credibility for the information included. A great resource for answering some of those questions that we parents might otherwise be tempted to answer with an “I don’t know!” or “Go ask your mother!” 😉 Also available as an iPhone app.

100 Black Girl Books Resource Guide

When I first read about this girl’s attempts to collect 1000 books with a black girl as the main character, I wondered if she would ever compile a list of what she found. I was excited to learn recently that the GrassROOTS Community Foundation has taken her list, reviewed the books to see if they meet the criteria, and have created a searchable database. As of April 2016, this database has an alphabetical list of around 700 of the more than 4000 books (some duplicate titles) she collected! They include both fiction and nonfiction and can be searched by reading level (from “visual reader” (picture books) to adult and several layers in between); the list can also be printed or saved as a variety of different file types. The foundation is requesting donations of more books that fit the criteria and will update the list monthly while the list continues to be compiled and reviewed. An excellent resource for anyone wanting to intelligently diversify their collection.

Books That Heal Kids

I haven’t had a chance to read through many of these brief reviews, but both the premise and the reviews I’ve read so far are very good! The blogger is an elementary school counselor who uses bibliotherapy with her students. She’s personally read and used each book she recommends, so they’ve been tested in the field and found useful. Topics range from sickness and death to anxiety and other issues children might face. Looks like a great resource for parents and teachers!

ALA Newbery Medal Home Page

ALA Caldecott Medal Home Page

Stump the Bookseller

This site gives readers a chance to describe a book they remember information about but can’t put a title to. Then the admins and other readers try to identify the mystery book for them! A great resource if you’re just racking your brains trying to find a beloved childhood book for one of your own readers (or just yourself!).

More to come as I find more!

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  1. Pingback: Online Resource: Whyzz.com | Rushing to Read

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