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Children’s book review database Sarah Thornburg Allie Williams June 15, 2010
purpose To provide organized, well-written reviews, composed by professionals in libraries and education and housed in one comprehensive database.
goals Enhance learning through books for children in an educational setting by creating a user-friendly website for reviewers, teachers, parents and readers Improve library holdings by creating a comprehensible website for librarians Create an easy-to-search website for parents of children as well as readers
Featured books To qualify, books must be children’s titles including: Picture books Beginning readers Chapter books Juvenile fiction Young adult titles
Acceptable reviewers To be accepted as a reviewer for this site, submitters must have a degree in Education, and/or an MLIS, or be currently working in a library, or employed in a school as a paraeducator.
Review guidelines Reviews must be between 100 and 300 words in length and must not contain spoilers. For quick and easy reference, reviewers must use a 5-star scale, with 1 star being “really did not like” and 5 stars indicating “outstanding, recommended,” giving readers information with a quick glance.
Database Element The web site will allow search and reports by: The book’s star rating The book’s authors Reviewers Publisher The result of this will be a searchable, highly user-friendly website that can provide information to the user in a way that is tailored to that user’s needs
Database fields Author Name Title Publisher Publication Year Reviewer Name Age group of audience Page length Starred Rating
Tables Lookup tables Starred rating (# of stars) Author name (full name) Publisher (publisher name) Reviewer info (reviewer’s name and professional specialty) ‘Pull-together’ table Includes the above fields, plus title, publication year, page number, and appropriate age group/audience
Construction logic Because an author, publisher, or reviewer may be linked to several entries within the database, we created separate lookup tables for each as well as for the starred reviews