Below you will find sites for lovers of books: (Also, be sure to check out the EBooks Page)

All About Books!

If you love to read, these sites are a good place to start. They will have book reviews and tools to help you choose your next book.

  • 'Based on the Book' is a compilation of over 1,450 books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures.
  • BOOK Daily- is a website that allows you to read the first chapter of any book--FREE! This is a great idea for when you are hunting for a new book to read.
  • **A Book and A Hug** has summaries of a wide range of books, by genre and/or age level. It even lets you know if it is particularly good for a reluctant reader or not. Students can create their own lists of favorite books to share and review them. They also have a Reader assessment (Elementary-High School). Let your students take this ten question assessment... check their answers against the answer key... then they can find book suggestions for their “reading personality” with the click of a button.
  • Booklist Online: More than 170,000 book reviews from the trusted experts at the American Library Association. Also has a nice search feature to find titles similar to the books you have enjoyed. Contact Pam Hopkins for log in info.

  • Bookspot is a great resource for info about authors, genres, lists of popular or exceptional books, and more.
  • Books by the Banks - a free book festival held in October each year at Duke Energy Convention Center. Events include: Author panels, writing workshops, and a "teen scene" and "kid's corner" with all kinds of activities! Additionally, more than 100 authors will talk with patrons and sign copies of their books.
  • The Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Awards are a "reader's choice" award, enabling Ohio students in grades K-12 to nominate and then vote for their favorite books of the past year. Nominating occurs year-round, on the Buckeye Awards website, and voting is from Sept.-earyly Nov. The winners will be announced in December.
  • Five Books asks writers and thinkers to recommend the best five books in their subject areas and then explain their selections in an interview.
  • GoodReads is a site that allows you to:
    • Get great book recommendations from people you know.
    • Keep track of what you've read and what you'd like to read.
    • Form a book club, answer book trivia, collect your favorite quotes.
    • This would be great for teachers and students- you can create and share your own book review
  • Lexile Book Level Locator- If you are hunting for a book that will be within a certain Lexile range, this site is for you.
  • LibraryThing is a site in which YOU can create a database that is a catalog of your own book collection.
  • Read.Gov - allows you to read the full text of many classics. There are also other great features such as author webcasts, great reading lists, online book club, community resources, and even Episodic reading--which has a new episode to a story every week or so. Sponsored by the Library of Congress, we are talking about a great website! Just go to the website and click on your age group.
  • Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. The 2017 event will be held Oct. 8 - 14th.
  • Teen Reading Challenge - sponsored by Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky Library Consortium - The challenge goes on from Feb 1st to March 31st. Any books you log must be read inside that time frame! To create a team, you need at least 3 total members and you must pick a team name, then contact Deanna Pina with your team name and the number of members in your team.She will then create a LibraryThing account for your team and send you a username, password, and a short video detailing how to log books into the competition. Prizes this year include a Kano Pixel Kit, Paper Circuits, and VR cardboards. To win, you have to have the greatest average number of pages read between all the team members. However, our favorite point of this challenge is that it encourages everyone to read YA and buffs up our teen reader's advisory.

AudioBooks or FREE DOWNLOADS Online- FREE!

  • Cincinnati Public Library - Down load e-books and audio books. All you need in a library card number.
  • Get public domain audiobooks for free from, a worldwide digital library with more than 4,000 unabridged classics, from Great Expectations to the Return of the Native, plus drama and poetry. They can be played on your computer, MP3 player, cellphone, or burned to a CD.
  • offers a simple interface for finding completely legal free audiobooks and eBooks. You can browse the latest books, search by keywords or choose more broadly by genre or language. You can often listen to chapters online, download a whole book, play a sample or subscribe using iTunes.
  • Lit2Go is another choice which includes the download and a PDF to go along with the recording.
  • Loud Lit books for your eyes and your ears. :-)
  • Loyal Books - Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
  • Project Gutenberg is known for its free E-Books but it also has free audiobooks.
  • Looking for a great FREE promo for summer reading? Try SYNC, an outreach from the Audio Publishers Association! Each week during the summer (beginning in April), SYNC provides two FREE audiobooks - one classic, one current YA - for anyone to download. Plus, there are lots of great promotional materials for teachers on the SYNC website (available in April).

Award winning books

YALSA Book Awards and Booklists for Libraries
Teen Book Finder App - Find the best books and media for teens, as selected by library staff and educators across the United States! The Teen Book Finder offers easy access to the titles honored each year by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Search for books by title, author, genre, award, or list; create a reading list with the favorites button; and find a copy of the book in your local library, all from one screen!

Book Reviews that YOU make! :

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LitPick external image external.gifThe LitPick online reading and writing program is designed to make reading and writing fun. LitPick provides free electronic books to students in grades 4-12. Students take on the role of a book critic, reading books, developing and posting reviews anonymously on the LitPick site where other students can read them. (AASL 2013 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning)
"NetGalley is an inexpensive and green way for publishers to share their digital galleys securely. Professional readers—reviewers, media, bloggers, journalists, librarians, booksellers and educators—can all use NetGalley for FREE to read and request galleys they want to review. Welcome, and happy reading!"

BOOK SWAP- Have books you no longer want? Looking for a great book to read? Try one of these sites to trade/swap your books.
Book Mooch

To learn more about how to download and where to find E-books, go to the E Readers page

Looking for a certain GENRE?
  • Lover of Fairy Tales?
    • Grimm's Fairy Tales - from National Geographic - Offers 12 original unvarnished tales, based on the 1914 translation.
    • Surlalune is the site for you! All kinds of info on Fairy Tales and a site to purchase fairy tale items--even shoes!!!!
  • Graphic Novels
    • Online- Free online graphic novels – These three online graphic novels are recommended by library experts Heather Moorefield-Lang and Karen Gavigan:
      • //Inanimate Alice// is a multi-chapter novel about Alice’s search for her father through remote areas of northern China.
      • //Toon Books// helps emerging readers through interactive, fun-to-read comic books at three levels, available in five languages.
    • Join Scholastic for #TeachGRAPHICSWeek to celebrate graphic novels in your classroom. Register for Skype visits, broadcasts, teaching resources and more.

Read-alikes--Have you read a great book and would like to read something similar?

  • Try this site - BookSeer.
  • What Should I read Next is a great site that helps you to compare what you have read to something similar.
  • Nancy Keane has a list of Read-Alikes on her page. Scroll down to the section titled "Read Alikes."
  • Also, try Book and a Hug- see top of this page.
  • Whichbook allows you to enter what you like in a book (happy v. sad, funny v. serious, etc.) then suggests books which most closely match your needs.

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