Book Reviews
Reading_Oct07.JPGTeacher- librarians can use video book teasers to enhance booktalks, promote titles, and to inspire students to create and contribute their own videos. Joyce Valenza in her School Library Journal blog, states that "librarians can use these resources to enhance our booktalks and promote titles in a more media-rich way. We can link to already produced videos in our catalogs, our online reading lists, and our pathfinders. We can use them to inspire students to create and contribute their own videos."

Book Review Sources

Open Source
  • Bookleads - Authored by Joyce Valenza, this wiki features a wealth of reading suggestions and links to portals
  • BookGlutton - Read and discuss books online
  • Booktalks Quick and Simple - Booktalks from Nancy Keene
  • Children's Literature - Features themed reviews, interviews with authors and illustrators, and teacher materials.
  • CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials - An electronic journal of Canadiana of interest to children and young adults.
  • Reading Rants- Resource suggestions for secondary level students
  • Resource Links - A journal devoted to the review and evaluation of Canadian resources for children and young adults
  • School Library Journal - The world's largest reviewer of books, multimedia and technology for children and teens.
  • The Medium - A publication of the Saskatchewan School Library Association, the journal is designed to provide information of a professional development nature applicable to school library personnel.
  • Teenreads - Resource suggestions for secondary level students

Subscription Required
  • Booklist (22 issues/year) - Reviews of the latest books and (more recently) electronic media. The Booklist Web Site includes a current selection of reviews, feature articles, a cumulative index not available in the print magazine, and the "Editor's Choice" lists.
  • Book Links: Connecting Books, Libraries and Classrooms (6 issues/year) - A magazine designed for teachers, librarians, library media specialists, booksellers, parents, and all other adults interested in connecting children with high quality books
  • Horn Book Magazine (bimonthly) and Horn Book Guide (2 issues/year) - The Magazine includes feature articles and book reviews. The Guide includes reviews and ratings for hardcover children’s trade books.
  • Library Media Connection (7 issues/year) - A good source for articles, tips, and ideas on library management from other library media specialists. The reviews of books and media are written by other school librarians.
  • Kirkus Reviews (12 issues/year)- Kirkus reviews books for children, young adults, and adults. Selected content is available online.
  • Quill and Quire (10 issues/year):- Canada's magazine of book news and reviews. Selected content is available online.
  • School Library Journal (12 issues/year)- Filled with articles and reviews of interest to school library media specialists. Selected content is available online.
  • VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) (bimonthly) - Includes articles, special bibliographies, and book and media reviews for young adult resources.

Electronic Discussion Lists
  • LM_Net - Conversations focus on the topics of interest to the school library media community, including the latest on school library services, operations, and activities.

Library Publishers

The following list includes publishers who publish professional books for school librarians.
  • The American Library Association - ALA provides books and periodicals for school librarians.
  • The OLA Storeis the exclusive Canadian distributor for over ten publishers offering quality professional library literature and promotional materials. The OLA Store arose out of The Ontario Library Association’s vision to bring the best and most current professional literature to Canada. Of particular noteworthy are the following publications:
    • Highland/UpstartBooks specializes in creative ideas for library and classroom learning, including: library skills, internet resources and activities, reading activities, storytelling and handbooks.
    • Libraries Unlimited serves the needs of the profession through quality publications for teacher librarians.
    • Linworth Publishing Inc. offers practical information and professional development focused on building strong connections among school librarians and classroom teachers.
    • Neal-Schuman Publishers publish Internet guides, reference books and professional literature for librarians and teachers.

Student Created Book Reviews

Capitalizing on the wisdom of crowds - let students create book reviews to recommend to their peers.
Shelf Talkers
  • Shelf Talkers are paper announcements of a certain topic or section that may be of interest or to highlight new additions to the school library. The Shelf Talkers are attached to or placed on library shelves to catch the eye of patrons A template for Shelf Talkers are available at Scholastic.
Book Trailers
  • Teen Ink- A national teen magazine, book series, and Website, offers teenagers the opportunity to publish their creative work - writings, book reviews, and artistic creations.
  • Sumbit a book review!
Virtual Library Shelves

Electronic Bookshelves

Create virtual bookshelves, then insert widgets or links into your homepage or blog.
  • Shelfari- Members can build virtual bookshelves, discover, rate and discuss books, and participate in online groups
  • Goodreads - Keep track of what you ha've read and organize your book lists into shelves. Join a book club to discuss your favourite books

Student Reading Interests

Gathering information to help form an intimate engagement with your users. Engage in predictive modelling by surveying students to assess interest in topics and titles and to assess collection needs.

Reading Suggestions

  • What Should I Read Next? -Enter a book you like and the site will analyse our database of real readers' favourite books (over 32,000 and growing) to suggest what to read next.
  • - bring teens info and features about their favorite authors, books, series and characters.
  • Guys Read - A web-based literacy program created by Jon Scieskza to help guys find something they like to read.

Polls and Surveys