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Finding quality literature for children and teens

QV Research

QV Research

  TO FIND CHILDREN'S BOOKS at QVCC,  start here with a basic search, then limit "location" to "Juvenile Literature."  ("Location" is the last option under "Tweak My Results," on the left side of the results screen.)  

To see all online resources and to save your search strategy or results, sign-in at the prompt.  

Review Sources

Need a credible book review?  Here's a sampling of renowned review sources.  Add one to your QV Research Advanced Search box. Like this: seach for "Corduroy" AND "School Library Journal"  and then choose "book reviews" or "reviews" under Tweak My Results.  You'll get books reviews critiquing Don Freeman's famous work, "Corduroy."

  • Horn Book
  • Kirkus Reviews
  • School Library Journal Each review includes recommended age/grade range.
  • New York Times Book Review
  • Voice of Youth Advocates

Cite My Sources

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Get the App!

We Read Too App:  Created by Kaya Thomas, this FREE app is an ever-expanding list of childrens' books by authors of color, featuring characters of color.  Currently only available in iTunes; Android app coming soon.

Educator's Assessment:  Use this questionnaire to review your classroom library.  How culturally responsive and diverse is your collection of children's books?

Awards & Websites

Nutmeg Awards: Connecticut kids vote for their favorite books.  Grouped by age level.

Reading Lists By Age: Richland Library's best-books-by-age recommendations.

Notable Books By Age: Association for Library Service to Children has 2017 notable books organized by age; past years' lists also available.

Concept Book recommendations posted by The Horn Book, 

Association for Library Service to Children:  Award books in many categories.  Includes lists of books, audiobooks and films recognized for excellence in writing, illustration, video production, fiction, or nonfiction for children and young adults.

American Library Association & Affiliated Awards: Find books recognized for cultural representation.

Disability in Kid Lit: Fiction recognized for its inclusion and representation of characters with disabilities.

We Need Diverse Books: This website provides links to many lists and awards, organized by culture.  A collection of diverse books for teens is also available.

A Mighty Girl: lists of books, movies and toys for "smart, confident, and courageous girls."  See also their list of 50 books "Celebrating Diversity and Acceptance."

Voice of Youth Advocates: Find reviews of young adult (age 12-18) fiction.

No Flying No Tights is a great source for reviews and best-lists for graphic novels.

YALSA Best of the Best lists curated by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

ReadBrightly offers topical collections, such as this one on "What it's like to be a refugee."

Crowd opinions can be explored at GoodReads.

Books in a Series

Quickly find books in a series, coded by age, with the Mid-Continent Public Library series tool. 


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