We’re always on the hunt for good books around our house. I rely on friends, librarians, my local bookstore, and several online sources for new titles we should be sure to read.
I subscribe to many blogs through my RSS feed, one of which is Getting Kids Reading. Through GKR, I recently learned about two new YA books I think my girls will like: Serpent’s Shadow , the latest in the Kane Chronicles from Rick Riordan, and The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict , which is a prequel to a favorite The Mysterious Benedict Society . You can view the book trailer for that book here .
I also subscribe to Anita Silvey’s Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac . Silvey has encyclopedic knowledge of children’s books, and always provides enough background to pique my interest. I often go right from her post to our library’s site to put the book on hold.
An unlikely source of book recommendations comes from a blog I use for recipes! Dinner, a Love Story has a section on kids’ books that is usually pretty handy, and it includes a Q&A with David Sedaris, in which a lucky 8 year old got to ask Sedaris a few questions. Their Fave Five (updated weekly-ish) includes a rotating list of recommendations their kids are reading right now.
Sadly, some of my other favorite sites seem to have stopped posting, but their archives are worth a look: Open Wide, Look Inside is (was?) a blog about teaching elementary math, science, and social studies. Teach with Picture Books is LOADED with good recommendations. The labels along the right sidebar provide good navigation.
I hope at least one of these links leads you to a good book!