Check out the following links for book lists, book reviews, and other useful information about children's literature.
DATABASES: (If you try to get into CLCD, Picture Book Database, Something About the Author Online, or Literary Criticism Online from off campus, you will need to authenticate as a KU student by logging in with your KU network ID and password.)
Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database – The Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) is a fantastic database of children's literature titles hundreds of thousands of reviews and records for children’s books–all full text searchable!
Records compile reviews from over 30 review sources sources including The ALAN Review,
Booklist, Books for Keeps, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Canadian Children’s
Book News, CCBC Choices, Children’s Literature, KIRKUS Reviews, Resource Links, Science
Books and Films, and VOYA.
There is a themed review page with recommended books arranged by topics.
There is an article that provides an overview of text sets with references
Something About the Author Online - This is a great place to find out about the authors and their works. The official description reads, "Something About the Author Online provides first-time comprehensive online access to all volumes ever printed in Gale's™ acclaimed and long-standing Something About the Author series, which examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults and is the preeminent source on authors and literature for young people. Something About the Author Online includes both the main series and Something About the Author Autobiography Series, totaling more than 217 volumes, 12,000 entries, and nearly 17,000 images - all delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals."
Literary Criticism Online - Our online access to this database includes access to Children's Literature Review, an important reference source for children's literature criticism and author information. The official description: "Online access to ten multi-volume compilations of literary criticism including: Contemporary literary criticism; Twentieth-century literary criticism; Nineteenth-century literature criticism; Shakespearean criticism; Literature criticism from 1400 to 1800; Classical and medieval literature criticism; Poetry criticism; Short story criticism; Drama criticism; and Children’s literature review. LCO covers a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres; it offers tens of thousands of hard-to-find critical essays."
WEBSITES FOR IDENTIFYING GOOD BOOKS BY THEME/SUBJECT:
ALA/ALSC - This website offers a variety of lists for books for various age groups, including ones on diversity and tough issues.There are also other child-related resources of interest to education majors and a link to their yearly Notable Books lists.
Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site - This is a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom, and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.”
Oyate: Tips from How to Tell the Difference: A Guide for Evaluating Children’s Books for Anti-Indian Bias
Teaching Tolerance's Reading Diversity page offers two tools for text selection. "This model promotes a multi-dimensional approach to text selection that prioritizes critical literacy, cultural responsiveness and complexity."
Worlds of Words website "builds bridges across global cultures through children’s and adolescent literature." It's a great place to find lists of good titles for various cultures.
Book Adventure - Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can find a book, take quizzes on what they've read, and earn prizes for their reading success - requires a FREE registration.
Scholastic Book Wizard - Enter your book to find the book level in both interest level and reading level. You can also tell it to find similar books...a great way to build that text set!
Tumblebooks - This is a great collection of digital books that can be used alone or with a lesson. They make great attention getters for introducing lesson. If you do not have a subscription to this site through your school, check with your public library.
Pinterest- YES, Pinterest! Don't overlook this site. Many teachers and librarians are using it to post text sets, mentor texts, and other children's literature lists. Check over their titles, then go find reviews to see if it is a book you want to include in your own list. Example: Children's Literature on Pinterest