Websites for you to browse

Here’s an outline of a few useful sites to help you find advice about children, reading and books on the web. Most sites have some commercial base so you need to read with discrimination – but then that is true of anything you read, especially on the web!

Do you have any sites you’d like to recommend? Please add them to the comment box for others to see.


Purpose: Goodreads was started ‘to help people find and share books they love…’. Amazon purchased it in 2013 presumably to encourage people to buy more books.

Organisation is in genres. Search for lists of books others recommend in any category. Or click on the genres below to see what is currently available:

Sample articles. Click on these titles to see what’s on offer.

Best Graphic Novels for Children

Best Kick-Ass Female Characters From YA and Children’s Fantasy and Science Fiction

Best Children’s Books

The Must-Have Series for Children Ages 6 to 12


Purpose: Aim is to help parents grow life long readers. Created to promote books and reading by Penguin/Random House. Note Amrerican bias.

Organisation is in ages and stages. Click here to see what is currently available:

Sample articles: Click on these titles to see what’s on offer.

Pinterest: Children and Books

Purpose: Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas. You can save anything you find around the web to a board you set up for yourself or you can look to see what other people have collected on topics of your choice. I looked at Children and Books here but most topics have a swag of suggestions.

Samples of topics/subjects include:


Children’s Book Council of Australia

Purpose: Established in 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature.

Organisation: Reports lists of notables, short lists and winners of awards by year. Publishes Reading Time online which presents news and reviews of children’s books.

Sample articles:

The benefits of reading aloud to young people

Simon Thorne and the wolf’s den