There are a variety of resources, organisations that have reviews of children's and YA literature, book lists and ideas to help you decide what to read.
Websites and blogs
Connect to some blogs and publishers’ sites about children's and YA books such as:
The Children's Literature Web Guide — links to other children’s literature online resources
Create readers blog posts — Services to Schools blog with reviews of books and information about events and issues around reading
International Literacy Organisation — provides reading lists and other resources including an online catalogue of books focused on reading and literacy
Nancy Keane — ready-to-use book talks, lists of recommended reading, book reviews by children
Organisations events and awards celebrating reading — check out some of the book awards in New Zealand and overseas to see what is winning critical acclaim
Children's literature resources and organisations
Join reading and literary organisations to help keep connected and up-to-date with developments in reading and literacy research and literature. For example your local library and booksellers as well as:
Booksellers — the association of New Zealand booksellers.
Booktrust — this UK site has booklists and a bookfinder along with information, resources, and research around reading.
Hooked on books — a website for young adult (YA) readers about reviewing and New Zealand books.
Literacy online — Te Kete Ipurangi, helping primary and secondary teachers develop teaching and learning programmes based on the literacy needs of their learners.
New Zealand Book Council — Writers in Schools programme, bringing a writer or illustrator into their classroom.
New Zealand Literacy Association — focused on encouraging students to be motivated and enthusiastic readers and writers.
Reading rockets — resources for helping struggling readers.
SLANZA (School Library Association New Zealand Aotearoa) — aims to strengthen and promote the role of school libraries.
Storylines — supports and promotes the development of children’s and young adults' literature in New Zealand.
The sapling — a website all about children’s books with reviews, features, and interviews.