Complete a Book Bundle request at bit.ly/NPLbookbundle Youth Librarians will select age appropriate high quality materials kids are sure to enjoy.
For NPL's list of resources for supplementing at home education, go to our Learning Resources Page.
- The Children's Book Council: The Children’s Book Council is an association “dedicated to supporting the [reading] industry and promoting children’s books and reading,” making them an awesome resource for finding books students will love. Upon clicking “Find Books,” students are presented with a list of unique book categories to begin their search. Some of these categories include, “Hot off the Press,” “Seasonal Showcase,” and “Outstanding Science.” Another noteworthy feature is their “Kid Lit News,” which provides the latest in news relating to children’s books, such as the yearly What Kids are Reading Report.
- Bright By Text: At Bright by Text our goal is to make the most of everyday interactions between parent and child. Our text messaging service delivers actionable information from trusted early childhood experts to parents and caregivers of young children — from prenatal to age eight — to support healthy child development and build strong, resilient families.
- Kids in Mind: Movie reviews focused on appropriateness for children.
- Common Sense Media: We rate, educate, and advocate for kids, families, and school
- What Should I Read Next: When you know you love a book and want to use it to find the next selection. This website uses the previous read to provide a list of related books to select from—all of which will take you to amazon.com for more information. Another helpful tool on this website is the book’s search terms, click-able words that describe themes and ideas from the book, that will lead you to more choices within that category. These terms range from generic, to book specific, to extremely specific.
- Goodreads: If you want to find a new book, but don’t have a specific book to start with try Goodreads. Head to their website and scroll down to “Search and browse books,” click on a specific category (i.e. “Children’s”) and you’ll be presented with books that are “New Releases,” “Most Read This Week,” and “Popular.” The findings can be broken down into additional subcategories. Provides a summary, star rating, reader reviews, and “Readers Also Enjoyed” making it easier to not only to find new books, but see if others actually enjoyed the book as well.
- AllReaders: search by author, genre, plot, setting or character. AllReaders is a great way to avoid judging a book by its cover—there are no pictures of any of the books. Each book profile provides a plot synopsis, highlights, plot and theme information, main characters, setting, and writing style. Links will take you to other books with the same themes. The information provided is specific and gives the reader a better idea of the “nuts and bolts” of the book. For example, a 12 year old girl may want to read books about other 12 year old girls. You can browse a list of “Books with storylines, themes & endings like [book you searched]”. Rather than deciding whether or not to read the book based off the synopsis, continue scrolling and see information such as:
Time/Era of Story: 2000+ (Present Day)
Ethnicity: African American