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Finding the RIGHT Book for your Child

While it is wonderful to have lots of book options available, it can be an overwhelming task to select the right book for your child. We want to share some of the tools we most frequently use to help kids find the right books. Whether you are searching for a specific Accelerated Reading or Lexile Level, a read-alike, a favorite genre, or a non-fiction topic, we think the resources below will help you find what you are looking for!

Accelerated Reader BookFinder US Link to Parent’s Guide to AR BookFinder

A website that assists in finding books at the appropriate Accelerated Reader level for your child. This website can be used in two ways. The Quick Search tool allows you to look up titles of books or authors your child is already reading to determine the AR level. The Advanced Search tool allows you to search for books by Interest Level, an AR range, topics or genre, fiction or non-fiction.

Novelist K-8

NoveList K-8 provides access to titles specifically for kindergarten through 8th grade readers. It provides access to full text reviews, recommendations, publication information, and more! You can ask it to recommend similar titles and authors to books your child already enjoys.
Advanced Search allows you to search for books in a pre-selected Lexile Range.
Specialized resources for parents, teachers and librarians include: 1) BookTalks; 2) Curricular Connection articles; 3) Premade lists for young readers (Recommended Reads) and for teachers (Grab and Go Book Lists); and 4) Teaching with Books section. Novelist K-8 will help you engage your reader.

Juvenile Series and Sequels

A fantastic series database complied by the Mid-Continent Public Library. Search for books by series Title, Book Title, Subject, or Author. Find out the correct order of the books in your favorite series!

Common Sense Media

Their mission statement: Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our nation’s children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.
Search for reviews on Movies, Games, Apps, Websites, TV, Books, and Music.

StorySnoops

Children’s book reviews from a parent’s perspective, for readers aged 9-18. Browse the children’s book reviews by author, title, or genre. This website is maintained by four moms in the San Francisco Bay Area who are passionate readers.

Tumblebooks

The TumbleBook Library is a collection of online books for youth. There are animated picture books, beginner chapter books, and books for tweens and teens. None require downloading or any additional software. This is a great alternative to eBooks and eAudiobooks that require a separate device.

Kids Booklists

Don’t forget to use our booklists as well! The titles on each list have been compiled by our staff as handy guides for the most commonly sought after genres and read-alikes.