Magazine article School Librarian

Who Next?

Magazine article School Librarian

Who Next?

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http://www.whonextguide.com/

This new website is an online version of the 4th edition of the printed guide Who Next? produced by LISU at Loughborough University (ISBN 9781905499403). It is edited by Viv Warren and Mary Yardley and will be regularly updated. This updating, along with the interactivity, gives it an edge over the book, although that also has Its place. Although It deals with children's books, the site is aimed at parents, teachers and librarians rather than children themselves, although older children will be able to use it easily. The stated aim is to 'guide children who have already enjoyed stories by one writer to find other authors they will enjoy reading.The idea is that you look up a favourite children's author, then try reading a book by one of the other authors listed underneath. By moving from one entry to another, young readers can expand the number of writers they enjoy' Suggestions are made on the basis of genre or theme as well as style, and links are given to the author's website. Useful symbols next to the author's name indicate the availability of talking books or ebooks, if any of the titles are award winners and if they are Barrington Stoke, graphic novels or short stories. As well as searching for a particular author, it is possible to browse by author, genre and theme, or age-group and also by award-winning authors. There are four age groups: 5-7; 8-11; 12-14; and 14+.

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The Genres and Themes browse facility is surprising: as well as obvious categories such as crime, fantasy and sport--and, of course, the ubiquitous vampire--it has less usual ones such as dystopia, philosophy and toys. …

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