I have been in a reading funk lately. Even as a librarian, I find myself having a hard time connecting with that just right book. Usually my motto is “So Many Books-so little time.”
Life feels stressful at present and I want pure escapism. Perhaps I’ve worked so hard reading children’s books for this blog that I haven’t found time to read for me. Usually when I walk into a library, I feel like a kid in a candy store. But sometimes, I feel overwhelmed by the choices. My reading life has never fit in to simple categories.
One great cure for the reading funk is the Novelist Online Database. It’s available on most public library’s webpages. Library employees will be happy to share this resource with you. Novelist recommends books for adults, teens and children. It links back to the library catalog so you can reserve the book
- help you locate all the books by your favorite author.
- provide read-alikes for popular authors and titles
- provide genre lists for countless interests. (There are 8 themed lists for teen graphic novels and 13 themed lists for adult mysteries.)
- locate a book with a particular setting.
- find books in series
- find informational as well as fiction books.
Once you locate a book, there are book reviews, age range, lexile levels and subject headings. I have been using Novelist and Novelist K-8 for years. I have yet to tap into to all the resources available.
Novelist is a great tool for teachers and homeschoolers. It’s easy to find books that supplement the curriculum. Historical fiction can be a great way to help students grasp history. Parents can also use Novelist to help children explore their interests. This database has evolved over time to meet the changing needs of its users.
Novelist is as its best recommending books to upper elementary, teens and adults. The upper elementary years can be a golden age of reading. . During this time, children begin getting more specific in their reading choices. If we want children to enjoy reading, we need to offer them lots of choices. There will be more competition for entertainment as children reach their teens. Finding the right books for children and teens is a key ingredient in creating lifelong readers. Novelist is a great tool in this process.