Useful Links about Choosing Books

Little Parachutes
Lovely site with reviews of picture books that help children with life’s challenges.

The Reading Club
Plenty of useful advice on starting and running a book club

The School Librarian
The quarterly journal of The School Library Association has plenty of book reviews for a wide age range.

Books for Keeps
Full colour print magazine packed with news, reviews and background information on children’s books. 6 issues a year. Some of the content is also available online.

The Guardian Children’s Book Site
Fun site with lots of children’s book reviews and information.

Federation of Children’s Book Groups
Produces four free booklists to help you choose books for children and publishes Carousel magazine which provides children’s book reviews, news, articles and profiles.

Reading Matters
A useful review site that concentrates on fiction and divides it by type –  magic, time travel, adventure, etc. There’s an intriguing search engine called the Bookchooser where you input the type of story you want (eg, lots of magic, not too scary) and receive a list of suitable books.