Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Parents Staying Current - How to find the latest and best children's books

Just the other day I questioned other members in the kidlitosphere group about the best ways for parents to learn about newly published books. I didn't really receive any specific answers. Obviously, reading blogs is a wonderful way to stay current. Checking bestseller lists and watching the new book shelves at the library and bookstore is another way. Thankfully, the internet provides parents with several resources for navigating the shelves in the constantly evolving children's book world.

Blogs: (Although many excellent children's book blogs exist here are several that frequently mention new releases. Visit KidLitosphere Central for a comprehensive list of children's book blogs.)

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast - Awesome illustrations? Julie Danielson keeps you informed of the latest and greatest in her equally awesome blog. A must read!
A Fuse #8 Production - Elizabeth Bird is a rock-star in the children's book world. All the librarians read her reviews. Parents should, too. Find out about what's to come in her preview posts.
Waking Brain Cells - Wisconsin librarian Tasha Saecker posts wonderful online reviews of her favorite children's books.
100 Scope Notes - Elementary librarian Travis Jonker puts a unique, contemporary spin on his reviews. If it's a fantastic new book, he's probably read it.
From the Mixed Up Files - This top-notch blog features news about the latest middle-grade books.
Anita Silvey's Book-A-Day Almanac - While this blog doesn't often feature newly published books, Anita Silvey's daily posts on the stories behind the children’s book classics are a perfect resource for parents.

Professional Reviews:
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
The Horn Book
The New York Times Book Review
Publisher's Weekly
School Library Journal

Catalogs/Collection Development:
Growing Minds - A publication of Baker & Taylor, Growing Minds is published 10 times a year. This resource is primarily used by librarians but it is available online as a pdf and features many of the newly published titles in a well laid out format.

Junior Library Guild - JLG is a company that helps libraries with collection development. Browse the Books & Levels lists of new book picks ranging from pre-K through YA.

See yesterday's Armchair BEA post for Individual Publisher Catalog links

Bestseller Lists:
National Indie Bestsellers
The New York Times Bestseller List
Publisher's Weekly Bestsellers

Online Storytimes and Book Trailers:
Online Storytime by Barnes and Noble
Penguin Storytime
Watch. Connect. Read. - Mr. Schu, an elementary librarian, connects readers with books through book trailers.

Children's Publisher Blogs:
Liz's Book Snuggery - Penguin Group
MacKids Blog
On Our Minds @ Scholastic
The Open Book - Lee and Low
Sylvan Dell Publishing's Blog
Tea Time at Annick Press
Tiger Tales
Top That!
Unabridged - Charlesbridge
Under the Green Willow
The World of Peachtree Publishers

Children's Publishers Facebook/Twitter
Abrams Books or @ABRAMSbooks
Barefoot Books or @liveBarefoot
blue apple books
Bob Books or @Bob_Books
Candlewick Press or @Candlewick
Capstone Publishers or @CapstonePub
Charlesbridge Publishing or @Charlesbridge
Chronicle Books or @ChronicleKids
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Greenwillow Books
The Gryphon Press
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt or @hmhbooks
Kane Press
Lee & Low or @leeandlow
Lerner Publishing Group or @lernerbooks
MacMillan Kids or @MacKidsBooks
National Geographic Kids Books or @NGKidsBks
Penguin Group USA or @penguinusa
Peachtree Publishers or @PeachtreePub
Random House Kids or @randomhousekids
Scholastic or @Scholastic
Silver Dolphin or @SilverDolphin
Simon & Schuster or @SimonKidsYA
Sylvan Dell or @SylvanDell
Tiger Tales or @tigertalesbooks
Tommy Nelson or @TommyNelson
Workman Publishing or @WorkmanPub

Newsletter Subscriptions by Email:
BookPage Reading Corner - published the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month and discusses new books for kids and teens
Candlewick Press Newsletters - late-breaking Candlewick news. Additional newsletters for educators and librarians.
Chronicle Kids Newsletter - discusses newly published Chronicle books children's books. Includes contests and special offers.
Growing Bookworms Weekly Newsletter - In addition to her newsletter, Jen Robinson regularly compiles a Children's Literacy and Reading News Roundup along with Terry from Scrub-a-Dub-Tub, and Rasco from RIF
Random House Read and Play Newsletter - a monthly newsletter for parents that includes age-by-age recommendations, discounts, activities and news about upcoming Random House children's books.
The Reading Rockets Newsletters - literary resources, research, and news for parents and educators
Scholastic Parents - advice on children's books & reading, arts & crafts, activities & school achievement
Simon & Schuster Kids

* This post is a work in progress. If you have suggestions for additions to the list, please leave them in the comments.


Anonymous said...

Well done, Janelle!
I'm going to bookmark this page for future reference.

ibeeeg said...

This is a fantastic list. Like mouseprints, I am going to bookmark and come back so that I check all the links out.

Allison said...

This list is a great resource. Thanks for compiling! I'm bookmarking this post.

Little Wonders' Days said...

Wonderful post, so helpful. I'm always asking the kids' teachers for suggestions.

SiS said...

Thanks for compiling such a great list. I'll link to it if you don't mind. : )