Ever had a kid as you for a book recommendation?? Ever had a parent ask you for a book list of recommendations for their child? I am posting about the PERFECT solution with a mix of Guided Reading Must-Haves for Tried It Tuesday!
Have you heard of "What Should I Read Next?" or "Library Thing?" These two websites I have discovered are PERFECT for Balanced Literacy/Daily 5 use. Today, I'm going to talk about "What Should I Read Next?" Tomorrow, I'll cover "Library Thing."
What Should I Read Next?
I'll start with this site because it's extremely simple.
1. Start by heading to wwww.whatshouldireadnext.com. You'll be greeted with this incredibly simple user interface which is what I love most about it. Simply type in the name of a book you know your kids LOVE. I tested out this site using Diary of a Wimpy Kid as my search - if I had $1 for every time a child in my class picked this book up...
2. Upon typing in just Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the "smart" search engine prompted me to clarify my response. So, I just clicked on the very first option as most of my kids would do.
3. As you can see, the book I am "searching by" is highlighted in gray at the top. The book recommendations the engine found for me are listed below. I also LOVE that the genres of these books are listed. Kids could jot down these books titles that the engine delivers and head to the library. (Don't worry, I've already shared this site as a must-have for the fabulous librarian of mine.)
I think it's important to talk with kids about what happens when you click the green "Info/Buy" button. You are then delievered to Amazon's result for this book search which I totally think is a good thing. Amazon shopping for books is a real life skill :) We teachers know that!! Use this opportunity to teach your kids to read the website review on the book as a determiner of their desire to check it out or not. I would probably caution again reading customer reviews because you just don't know about the content.
4. Finally, once you've gotten your search finished and copied down the books you want to pursue, scroll all the way down to the bottom. You'll find a space to "join for free." If your students do not have a Google apps email, you may not want to do this in school, but rather recommend that each student join at home with the help of a parent. This will be nice for those parents always asking for book recommendations! However, if you're using Google apps like my school is - then this is PERFECT!
5. Just to show you what it looks like when you join, take a look at the screen below. This is how simple the book list works when you originally join. You can make it much more complicated and add another book
What tools are you using to make book recommendations?
Tomorrow, I will post about how to use the Library Thing. Happy Tuesday!