- NoveList – this is part of our DISCUS databases. This link should work from school computers: http://web.b.ebscohost.com/novpk8/search/novbasic?sid=8fcc46fe-6629-4ac2-a983-593df8fc1009%40sessionmgr102&vid=0&hid=116 But to access from home or without the link go to scdiscus.org, then click on discus kids then click on NoveList. (at home there is a username and password, but you have to ask me for it :)). This database is awesome for read alikes (I read Harry Potter and I want another one like it). Or finding new books in certain types or genres (I really want a book with a robot in it, or I like mysteries). I find NoveList really useful for helping out students because (although I know it is hard to believe) I have not read every book in our library.
- Common Sense Media. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews Common Sense Media reviews a lot of things (like Apps, Movies, Websites etc) including books for Child Friendliness and Appropriateness. I have found it super useful as a parent as a librarian when trying to decide what to buy for the library. If there is inappropriate content in the book (or app or movie) Common Sense will tell you what it is (violence, language, drugs, etc).
Those are just two useful tools, but a third one is always, ME. Your friendly (hopefully helpful) librarian. I love helping students find the perfect just-right book for them!