Book Resources

Internet Field Trip: Children’s Literature Journals on the Web

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Want to know what the experts think of a book?  Browse through professional opinions in these children's literature journals. 

Journals are one of my favorite sources of information about children's literature. While many journals are known to librarians, they are great for literature-loving teachers as well. Many well-known journals have excellent Web sites, and there are several new journals that publish only on the Web. Here are some of my favorites:

The Horn Book Magazine
http://www.hbook.com/publications/magazine/default.asp

The Horn Book Magazine is one of the oldest print magazines devoted to children's literature. It is published bimonthly, and each issue includes reviews, articles, and columns on a variety of issues. The Web site offers samples from the most current issue as well as other information related to children's literature.

The Bulletin of the Center For Children's Books
http://bccb.lis.uiuc.edu/

Another highly respected journal that has been around a long time, The Bulletin focuses primarily on reviews of current books for children. These not only give plot summaries and reading levels but suggestions for curriculum use as well. In addition to samples from current and past issues, this site provides special material available only online, such as a list of professional reading suggestions and a quote of the month.

Notes from the Windowsill
http://deeptht.armory.com/~web/notes.html

Another excellent online-only "resource by and for people who love children's books," the site is full of opinionated book reviews.

Achuka
http://www.achuka.co.uk/

This is a superb electronic journal full of reviews, interviews, and more with a focus on British children's literature.

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