July 14, 2009

How to Choose Good Books

Read book reviews.
I read and collect the children's book reviews from the Globe & Mail and the Toronto Star newspapers. The reviewers are Susan Perren and Deirdre Baker, respectively. Their recommendations are excellent.

Use book lists.
The Toronto Public Library offers a selected book list for children and teens. It's free.

Buy a copy of Best Books for Kids & Teens 2009.
A magazine published by The Canadian Children's Book Centre. Available in bookstores or their website at http://www.bookcentre.ca/.

Use guidebooks.
Here are some good ones:

by Deirdre Baker and Ken Setterington

edited by Anita Silvey
An indispensable reference book; I use it often.

by Anita Silvey

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