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Buying Books:

AddAll Search, compare, and save at 40 bookstores, 20,000 dealers, and millions of new or used books. compares prices at over two dozen online bookstores AND includes the cost of shipping in its comparisons changed the face of bookselling forever when it opened online in 1995 and is still going strong

Barnes & Noble is one of the largest book retailers in the US opened online in 1997

BestBookBuys Compare prices for new and used books book ender service with over 50,000 titles

BookSense find an independent bookseller by entering your zip code

Follett- Titlewave book jobber that focuses on school libraries.  Free registration required to access.  Includes books reviewed by School Library Journal each month on special list.  Also home of Playaways self-contained books on tape for circulation.

Mackin Library Media book jobber focusing on public and school libraries.  Includes books reviewed by School Library Journal each month.  Bibliographies by subject areas are also available. Free registration required to access. book ender service- includes newer titles

Phoenix Book Company book jobber located in Phoenix and will do book fairs

Publishers Quality Library Service book ender service with catalogs for K-7 and 8-12- online and off

Scholastic publisher of children's and teachers' guides, as well as resources for teachers, parents and students.

Sundance Publishing source for trade paperbacks and teacher resource guides

Townsend Press home of the Bluford series and adapted versions of the classics for $1.00


250 Places for Free eBooks Online

Baen Free Library of Science Fiction

Book Glutton for people who want to connect through their ebooks on Facebook.

Calibre is a free and open source e-book management tool that allows one to organize, save and manage e-books. It also supports e-book syncing with a variety of popular e-book readers. Calibre supports the conversion of many input formats to many output formats. Calibre is primarily an e-book cataloging program. It is designed around the concept of the logical book, where a single database entry corresponds with the same book in a variety of formats.

eBooks a vast range of ebooks for all formats - some free and others for purchase

FeedBooks - original books and where you can publish your own book


Free EPUB Books for Your iPad

Free Programming eBooks

 Using Books

Author Name Pronunciation Guide Hear the author or illustrator say hello and their names.

Based on the Book movies that were based on books- search by movie title, movie release year, book title or book author

A Book and A Hug The creator of this site works at a public library in the children's department, writes a column for a newspaper on choosing books for kids and hosts a television show on books for kids.  Purpose of the site: linking the right book to the right kid!

Book Trailer Resources includes links to book trailers and instructions on how to make them.

Book Trailers like a movie trailer but about a book!  Created by students, librarians and teachers across the US.  Also accessible through YouTube or TeacherTube but access here requires a login and password.

Leveled Books Database

Book Lists for Kids from an Indiana Public Library

Booktalks Quick and Simple search by author, title, subject or interest level from Nancy Keane

Bookwinks podcasts of booktalks

Censored Children's Books a list of books that have been banned by author and title.

Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University offers abstracts of over 5,000 books and is searchable by keyword, title, author, concept or skill.

Children's Storybooks Online Stories to be read online that are primarily for middle school students. There are, however, some stories for primary students. An award-winning site and a recommended safe site for students.

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature "The purpose of this database is to create a tailored reading list of quality children's literature or to find out if a book has won one of the indexed awards. DAWCL has almost 7,000 records from 78 awards across six English-speaking countries (United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Ireland)." When searching it lets you select the age of the reader, the setting, topic, etc.

Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children's Literature includes a "Reference Shelf" with links to authors and illustrators; booklists; and articles and reviews; "Reading Room" with links to online classics, fairy and folktales; stories and rhymes; magazines; and professional journals; and "Showcase" with links to Lewis Carroll and Dragon Stories.

Fry's Readability Graph

Girls Voices Literature Database "The Girls Voices Literature Database from Miami University was created to connect readers with high quality children's and young adult literature, fiction and nonfiction, that portrays female characters as strong, intelligent individuals who make positive choices for living emotionally healthy lives."

Historical Fiction for Children and Young Adults search by country and time period within country

Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network Recommended Book Lists by Grade Level updated annually

Kids' Book Nook from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh includes book and author links, graded book lists, visiting author information, bibliotherapy book lists, and more!

Leveled Picture Books Database

Literature Circles Links

McBookwords: State and regional book award lists

Novels in Verse

Pronouncing Guide for Authors' Names

Tar Heel Reader * It has 1,000 simple books with audio support for the text immediately accessible to Beginning English Language Learners. * It makes it as simple as you can get for students to create their own "talking" books using images from Flickr. * Not all books are for elementary.  Preview books first and set-up a favorites page when using with elementary students!

What Should I Read Next?

The Book Seer  I've just finish reading... what should I read next??

Read Alikes

Teacher Book Wizard - Find Children's Books by Reading Level, Topic, Genre, and Level from Scholastic, Inc. Make sure that you
also click on List Exchange for lists that librarians, teachers and others have created.  Click on BookAlike to find a similar book.

Track Your Fiction - not only find out what's next in a series, but what is going to be published next in a series and when!  If you sign-up with the site, you will be emailed with the information you have requested!

What's Next- Books in a Series Searches can be made by title, author, or series for adult or children's literature.

Your Next Read search by author, title, or genre.

Created by Linda DeVore

Last Updated Sunday, February 27, 2011