Beginning with my favourite, this weeks link dump pulls together great places on the internet to explore books.
I would love to hear from you if you have a favourite place to go to find the next book for you, your patrons or your students to read. Please share the link in the comments or email me via the form in the sidebar, and I will add your recommendations to the post.
Literally hundreds of lists are available at Goodreads Listopia. Generated by readers, lists range from the “Best Books of the 20th Century” to “Big Fat Books Worth the Effort“. You can see at a glace how many books are included in the list and how many voters have weighted in. The lists are dynamic as readers continue to rate books and vote for their favourites, but I suspect that Sendak, Seuss, Silverstein, Carle & Brown remain near the top of the Best Children’s Books list. Clicking on any books will take you to that book’s Goodread’s page with book info, images and reader reviews. It will also recommend other books like the one you clicked on.
Ocean County Library’s Teen Zone booklists: an extensive set of lists by topics like “What Does a Dead Guy Have to Say: Books About Forensic Science”, “Rebel Reads: Books about teens who dance to their own beat” and “Keeping it Real: Urban Lit for Teens”.
Nancy Keane’s Read Alikes wiki: good list of readalikes for kids by title.
Anniston Library’s Readalikes page gives recommended authors to read based on author, series or genre. (Adult)
Hennepin County Library – Readers Online Searchable database of subjects and genres as well as an if you like… page.
Fiction db: updated searchable database of 270,000 titles.
YALSA’s 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults: Juried list of American titles.
School Library Journal: Kids Comics for the Win!