Edward Stratemeyer – Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Rover Boys, Motor Boys, etc. Ran syndicate until his death in 1930. Daughter Harriet Adams inherited and ran until her death in 1982.
Horn Book is a publication about children's literature. They have a database of around 8,000 reviews. Subscription only (my pass is same as Millennium, username is main Gmail) http://www.hornbookguide.com Kirkus has starred reviews to highlight the best. School Library Journal has a series round up, and they review by series. Publisher's Weekly has reviews; website down 4/22 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books published by the Center at UIUC. Mostly subscription based. Booklist is subscription only as well, but they have great lists including award lists.
Book selection tools is a list of links to other good sites. Same with Internet Resources. Kids Reads is part of a network, great info for parents & librarians. Children's books and reviews is a blog-like site Scholastic Book Wizard has lists of books, some of which are part of series, compiled by authors, educators, Scholastic editors, and parents. Database is searchable
World of Reading is from Ann Arbor District Library. Reviews are for kids by kids. There are some series reviews. Simple but it's by their peers. Great Websites for Kids is maintained by the Association for Library Services to Children (division of ALA). Under Literature & Languages -> Favorite Children's Stories there are links to some websites focused on particular series such as American Girl or Baby Sitter's Club. All links are marked as to age appropriateness. Junior Genreflecting has some series titles scattered throughout; it's organized by genres.
Selection Tools for Children's Series
Selection tools for children's series Mary Jo Chrabasz LIS 748 01 Spring 2011
Children's series: a background <ul><li>1867 – Elsie Dinsmore is the first series for children published
Edward Stratemeyer begins his "syndicate" in 1903, creating over 800 books for children under 13 different pen names and using a group of authors to write the titles
In the last decade of the 19 th century, an average of 403 books for children published per year. This average increases to 548 per year from 1900-1910 and by 1950 is up to an average of 1,113 books for children per year </li></ul>
Why series books? <ul><li>Children enjoy fiction stories
Contemporary settings are preferred to historical settings
Medal-winning books tend to have a more difficult style of writing, series books are more readable
Realistic plots – children like to read stories they could picture happening to them </li></ul>
Some selection tools to use <ul><li>Standard journals & review sources </li><ul><li>Horn Book http://www.hbook.com </li><ul><li>Horn Book Guide http://www.hornbookguide.com </li></ul><li>Kirkus http://www.kirkusreviews.com
School Library Journal http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com
Resources Booklist online. http://booklistonline.com/ (accessed 4/27, 2011). Bulletin of the center for children's books. http://bccb.lis.illinois.edu/ (accessed 4/27, 2011). Children's books and reviews. http://www.childrensbooksandreviews.com/ (accessed 4/27, 2011). Goodreads. http://www.goodreads.com/ (accessed 4/27, 2011). The horn book, inc. http://hbook.com/ (accessed 4/27, 2011). Kidsreads.com - series books. http://kidsreads.com/series/index.asp (accessed 4/27, 2011). Kirkus book reviews. http://www.kirkusreviews.com/ (accessed 4/27, 2011). Publisher's weekly. http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/home/index.html (accessed 4/27, 2011). School library journal. http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/ (accessed 4/27, 2011). Teacher book wizard. Scholastic. http://bookwizard.scholastic.com/tbw/homePage.do (accessed 4/27, 2011). Great websites for kids. http://www.ala.org/greatsites (accessed 4/27, 2011). Book selection tools on the internet. http://fortsmithlibrary.org/irbooksel.html (accessed 4/27, 2011). World of reading. http://worldreading.org/ (accessed 4/27, 2011). Reading in series: A selection guide to books for children1999. . Ed. Catherine Barr. New Providence, New Jersey: R.R. Bowker. Deane, Paul. 1991. Mirrors of american culture: Children's fiction series in the twentieth century . Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, Inc. Saltman, Judith. 1997. Groaning under the weight of series books. Emergency Librarian 24, no. 5: 23, http://ezproxy.dom.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lih&AN=9707034205&site=ehost-live&scope=site. Volz, Bridget Dealy, Cheryl Perkins Scheer, and Lynda Blackburn Welborn. 2000. Junior genreflecting: A guide to good reads and series fiction for children . Englewood, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited, Inc.