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Initial post: 7 Feb 2012 16:50:51 GMT
D. Andrews says:
Which sites or forums do you visit to find books for children, especially those aged between 8 and mid teens?

Posted on 7 Feb 2012 16:58:29 GMT
Book Blogs is good

Posted on 8 Feb 2012 14:56:59 GMT
I get Red House books catalogues which give synopsis of books in age related sections! see
and also have reviews by children. I then browse amazon kindle site for same books and download.
When I am unsure of age related as Amazon is not so good on this - the border between teen and YA - ie: some sexual content, then I google for reviews first prior to purchase. With Internet tabbing its easy.

Posted on 8 Feb 2012 17:05:21 GMT
If you want ebooks try and use the in-built filter.

Posted on 8 Feb 2012 23:35:09 GMT
D. Andrews says:
Thanks all - yes, that is a problem with YA books. I think in the UK we call them 9-12 or teen, and then YA - but the US tend to lump them all together which makes knowing the content difficult.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2012 12:16:36 GMT
book fiend says:
Try Books for Keeps ( which has lots of reviews of children's books for all ages and useful articles about children's books.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2012 07:07:30 GMT
Anne Green says:

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2012 13:16:36 GMT
MalkieM says:
Try lots of interesting and stimulating books which are a bit different..Not the cheapest but worth the little extra

Posted on 13 Feb 2012 15:37:41 GMT
Alleycat says:
Try Scholastic - their kids website has age guidance and the prices are low too -

Posted on 14 Feb 2012 13:12:50 GMT
D. Andrews says:
Thanks all - just to be clearer, I was looking more for sites that review and list children's/teen's books regardless of publisher, rather than specific publishing houses. For example,

Posted on 16 Feb 2012 00:32:15 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Feb 2012 00:32:30 GMT
Hazel says:
Do you know ?

Posted on 16 Feb 2012 21:42:36 GMT
D. Andrews says:
Thanks, Hazel. It looks as if they do not cover ebooks or self-published books. I wonder why so many sites limit themselves that way rather than by genre? So far I've only found that seems open to all books...they even have teens review them.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012 16:15:21 GMT
dooyoo has a category for Young adult and a fair number of very detailed reviews. Most of the reviewers are very helpful as well and will be happy to provide further details or even recommend similar titles.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2012 19:07:57 GMT
Charles Lamb says:
For the 8-10ish age group, please have a look at www.tambowthewombat. Two lovely stories with a third in the series coming later this summer.Tambow Tambow's Wombatical Wanderings

Posted on 20 Feb 2012 21:10:56 GMT
Silly Sarah by Victoria Agomo - Powell's Books
Powell's Books is the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world. We carry an extensive collection of out of print rare, and technical titles as well as many other new and used books in every field.

Posted on 22 Feb 2012 22:13:39 GMT
Iris Investigates: Beastly Goings On In Pelican Wharf

Posted on 22 Feb 2012 23:33:54 GMT
D. Andrews says:
I see my thread has been derailed a little ;) Let me rephrase the question:

Which sites or forums do you visit to find books (from various publishers and authors) for children, especially those aged between 8 and mid teens?

Do you use the Amazon forums chiefly?

What about

Do you have some favourite review sites?

Thanks ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2012 20:46:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Mar 2012 20:48:36 GMT
LEP says:
I've used Redhouse before now and also Flamingnet. However, the latter has changed somewhat from when I used to look and now is really for teens. Also, there's Barrington Stoke. I know that there is a site that was set up by children/teens, only I can't remember what it is called.

Posted on 5 Mar 2012 02:53:26 GMT
singingmum says:
I've been using Red House since my son was a baby, so he was brought up on their suggestions. He's now 16 and doesn't need me to choose his reading material. I still use them for other children. The Book People also grade books by children's reading age.

Posted on 6 Mar 2012 22:51:05 GMT
You may like to try my site, Hummingbird Books, which lists books from a wide variety of publishers. The site is designed to encourage a love of reading and only has books that have been highly recommended by children from 2-11 years.

Posted on 7 Mar 2012 14:05:49 GMT
D. Andrews says:
Thanks all, do keep them coming :)

Posted on 26 Mar 2012 17:21:51 BDT
Through The Cat Flap: The Gold Shield

this book is aimed at this age range. Please dowload the free sample and give it a try. Please do leave a review if you try it.

Many thanks

Posted on 27 Mar 2012 17:56:24 BDT
Frenchie says:
@ Mrs S.J. Ward. I have downloaded your book. My 11 year still have a few books to read, but it is on his and my Kindle, so, I will start myself on it soon. I read the review from one reader and it stated it is an excellent book. Will let you know *smile*

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2012 16:31:57 BDT
Diana says:
LoveReading4kids ( gives books for all age ranges, and Books for Keeps, the online magazine (free), ( has wide-ranging reviews from people who know about books- highly recommended. Also try Achuka - another useful site.
I'm a librarian, and I use all these!

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 00:42:32 BDT
You could try; they review all kinds of books and have a large children's section.
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