13 Places to Find a Good Book (for Kids and Adults)

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Recently a reader asked me where I find all the good books I read. What websites do I read? How do I find good books — both for myself (an adult) and for kids. It’s a good question so I thought I’d give you a behind the scenes peek at my process. And, I read a LOT — so much that I sometimes have to stop myself and make sure I’m being present in my life. But that’s another blog post for another day . . .

13 places to find a good book for kids and adults

Where to Find a Good Book for Kids

I read a TON of blogs, articles, and book reviews for both kids and adults. Sometimes I really don’t like a reviewer’s taste so I remove them from my regular reading. Also, I don’t read sites that are difficult to navigate.

1. Imagination Soup
Because I read so you don’t have to, start with my website first! I’ve filtered a lot of the not-great books for you already and picked the best, kid-awesome books. I review new picture and chapter books every month and you can always find these reviews for kids by age. Or you can look at all my book lists: board books, picture books, nonfiction books, chapter books, and more.

The first way I find books isn’t available to everyone since I’m sent books to review from the publisher. But, let me tell you my next steps. I pick books to read based on my own interest first.

If after about a third of the book and I’m still not hooked, I abandon it. I have no guilt. I simply don’t have enough time to waste reading a book I won’t recommend to you anyway. (Occasionally my kids change my mind if they get their hands on the book OR I read a review that makes me try again.)

Also, I’m a huge library person. I love browsing my library’s NEW BOOKS — both online and in person.

Finally, I like looking on Amazon for best sellers and read-alikes. For read-likes, I’ll click on a book I like and see what other books Amazon recommends — you know where you can see other books that people have also bought or liked.

reading quote

2. BookTrust
Some of the picks are more Brit-centric and aren’t found in the States. However, I occasionally check their round-ups — here’s one: books relevant to disability.

3. Brightly
I write for Brightly but I’m not the only writer, there are a lot of us so there’s a lovely diversity of perspective. On Brightly, you’ll find a variety of book recommendations and reviews for the youngest readers up to tween readers.

4. StorySnoops
This is a well-crafted site. You can find all the reviews in alphabetical order if you are wondering about a particular book for your child.

5. BiblioNasium
Teachers, if your kids aren’t on this discussing books, you MUST check it out! It’s like Goodreads for kids with reading logs, shared shelves, and parent access.

6. Newspapers
I like The Guardian and The New York Times for book reviews.

7. Kirkus Reviews
Book jackets often use quotes from Kirkus — the review a ton of books prior to publishing.

8. TeenReads
I love YA literature so this is a great book review site for me and for teens!

Book quote from Glenda Millard

Where I Find a Good Book for Adults

1. Goodreads
Depending on how and who your friends are, this can be a gold mine of book ideas. If you don’t have friends who are posting about the good books they’re reading, it won’t be worth your time. Try friending people in your area who have a lot of books reviewed that are in a similar genre of what you also read.

2. eBook Friendly
This site is chock-full of inspiration, book lists, and book swag.

3. Shelf Awareness
I found Shelf Awareness on Facebook — they post great memes and quotes. I repost those often but haven’t used their site yet.

4. Read It Forward
This is another site I discovered initially on Facebook. They have interesting articles and diversity of book reviews and giveaways.

5. The Reading Room
Another Facebook favorite, this site has great round-ups by topic and theme. I like that they feature new releases and NY Times book reviews.

What sites do you read to get good book suggestions?

13 Places to Find a Good Book (for Kids and Adults)

This is my favorite reading quote. Do you have a favorite?

Books are many things: lullabies for the weary, ointment for the wounded, armor for the fearful and nests for those in need of a home.
— Glenda Millard, The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk

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3 Responses

  1. It’s a great list. I’m already subscribed to shelf awareness but rest sites in the list are great.
    Thanks for sharing

  2. If you haven’t come across it already Lovereading4kids.co.uk is a good source too. You get weekly or monthly updates,pre pub info and can have free samples of first pages. My children enjoy this site too.

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