1. Graphic Classics

  • Graphic Classics gives you links to places where this specific genre can be purchased, can look at reviews about classic graphic novels, and can preview upcoming issues.

  • This will be helpful to me because there is a growing craze for graphic novels and this would be a great way to introduce classic novels to students in a fun way that they would be more likely to pick up than a normal classic.

  • I found this tool on LM_Net from a posting by Carl Harvey on March 1st.

  • It's strong because it has a wide variety of graphic novel classics and it gives you a chance to look at them for yourself but it would be nice to have a website that was all-encompassing as far as graphic novels go like YALSA's . Plus, the site doesn't give you links to where you can buy them, they give the addresses of reputable companies or give you the option to order directly from them.

Harvey, Carl. "HIT: Elementary and Comic Books" LM_Net. Syracuse University. Web. 14 March 2010.

2. ReadKiddoRead

  • I like this site because it gives you options of what kind of book you want (Great Illustrated Books, Great Transitional Books, Great Pageturners, Great Advanced Reads) from those headings you have even more sub-headings to choose from and they show you the book cover. From there, if you click on a book you get a review about it and sometimes there is a little box off to the right hand side that says, "Critics have said..." It also has lesson plan ideas based on books.

  • This tool will be helpful if I ever get stuck and don't know what to buy but I know what age group or what type of book I want to buy.

  • I found this tool on LM_Net from a post by Judy Freeman on March 12th.

  • Overall, this is a very strong site if your goal is to get a general idea of what you might want to purchase. It would be better if you could preview some of the book but on the sidebar they give you links to places where you can buy the book such as Amazon so some previews can be found there. Another thing I don't like about this site is that there is no place where you can create a booklist for this site which would be helpful.

Freeman, Judy. "Re: GEN: Judy Freeman Book" LM_Net. Syracuse University. Web. 14 March 2010.

3. Guys Read

  • Guys Read is a nifty little website that has a lot of reviews written for guys by guys, specifically well-known guy authors (it was started by Jon Scieszka. The site has an abundance of different ways to get to what it is the guys in your school read. You can sort by author, book types, there are booklists, books of the month, etc.

  • This tool is helpful to me now because I like to look at it every once and while to see what guys like to read and then try to read it myself; it helps broaden my horizons. This will be helpful in the future for when I get those tough customers who only want books about Star Wars because maybe this would help me find things that are related to Star Wars that my students would like. Overall, it's a nice tool because getting boys to read is a challenge if you don't have enough gross or weird books.

  • This was introduced during a Hot Tip of the Week in class, I believe it was part of Christina Gattone's presentation.

  • It's pretty easy to navigate around and it has a lot of books written by guys but I think that they should not have added books simply because a guy wrote them; some guys write about some pretty girly stuff also, while it's great that anyone can suggest a book I wonder how closely they check to see if they consider the book to be truly guy friendly or if they are just adding things and hoping that people who are suggesting books are really considering the audience.

Scieszka, Jon. Guys Read. Web. 10 April 2010.