Reason #60: Kids Can Find Their Next Favourite Book

Reason #60 Kids can find their next favourite read with NoveList K-8 Plus

  • Are you between the ages of 0-16, and are looking for a good book?
  • Do you enjoy Animal Stories, but don’t know what to read next?
  • Do you want your kids to continue reading books they enjoy throughout the summer?
  • Are you a parent who wants to learn more about new books and authors of children’s literature?
  • Are you a teacher who wants to recommend some awesome books to your students?
  • Do you want to learn more about a certain series?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then NoveList K-8 Plus is just what you need!

St. Thomas Public Library has a subscription to the online database NoveList K-8 Plus – an amazing reader’s advisory database where you can learn about titles, series, authors, and genres, find read-alikes, book reviews and recommendations, discover Award-winners and book lists, check out discussion guides, and much, much more! It looks very similar to the regular adult version (NoveList Plus), but the K-8 database is tailored specifically for children’s literature!

You can search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and readable nonfiction titles – NoveList has a staff of book experts, including over 25 librarians, who write all the recommendations! You know that you can trust a review from NoveList, and since it’s so easy to use, you’ll be finding new favorite books in no time at all!

The main page is easy to navigate. There is a simple search box on the top, where you can do a search by Keyword, Title, Author, or Series.


Along the left-hand side, there are categories you can browse in, including: Adventure Stories, Animal Stories, Best of 2013, Canadian Fiction, Graphic Novels and Manga, Science Fiction, and Sports Stories, among others! Once you select a category, you can explore some of the titles and authors.

As an example, I clicked the category “Adventure Stories” and selected “Survival”.

Here we see a short description of what a “Survival” story is, as well as some books from that genre. One feature that could be helpful is that you can see the “popularity” of each book.

Search results

To continue our example, I’ve selected the book “Hide and Seek”. On this page, you get all kinds of information about the book, including: when it was published, who the author is, a brief description, the genre, the tone, the writing style, and the recommended reading level. All of this information can help you decide whether or not you want to give this book a try! A little bit further down the page, you will see both NoveList reviews and Goodreads reviews – so you can find out what other people thought after reading that book! On top of all that, on the right-hand side of the page, we see recommended “read- alikes”, AKA similar books that you might want to try.

Book Specifics

Now I want to learn more about the author, Katy Grant. So I will click on her name (it is a link).

We now see a page with all kinds of information about the author, the different books and series she has written, her writing style, etc. A really handy tool appears on the right-hand side of the page: a list of author read-alikes.

Author Specific

As you can see, this is a very powerful database with tons of information! So the next time you have a reader’s advisory question about children’s and teens books, the first place to start your search should be NoveList K-8 Plus!

Give it a try, and let us know how you like it!

Reason #36: We Do Custom Orders!

Reason #36 - We place custom ordersIs there a book you need to get your hands on that we don’t have? A missing volume in a series, or an older book by a favourite author?  Perhaps you heard about an upcoming book by your favourite celebrity chef, or you’ve developed an urgent need to learn about the latest crafting trend. Or maybe you’re a hobbyist of some sort, say a quilter, and you know of some magnificent quilting books that we don’t carry. These are all good reasons to come to the information desk and place a request with us. We will do our best to order in the item you’re looking for. When you request an item and we order it, we’ll put it on hold for you so that when it arrives you get first dibs on it.

This process helps us improve our collection and stay on top of trends. It’s likely that if you’re asking for something, someone else would enjoy it as well. So don’t be shy, ask! There’s nothing like picking up a brand new book off the holds shelf and being the first to crack it open, and you can take pride knowing that it’s in our collection because you asked for it!