e-Resource Review is a new series where Digitales staff road-test various e-Resources and sum up their findings in a Digitales Fast Five. Today it’s Shawn, Ken and Conor at the driver’s seat, and they’re taking a look at…
Describe this resource in one sentence.
Ken: It is a very convenient website where you can find books by worldwide authors of various genres.
Shawn: This resource is great for discovering new authors and books to read.
Conor: An online database of children and young adult books featured on both e-book and talking format.
You would use this if…
Ken: When library users, such as school students, ask me to recommend books, I can use the ‘Book Awards’ section under Features to find books for junior or young readers.
Shawn: I had children wanting to explore different authors related to books they have already read and enjoyed.
Conor: I was a child or young adult. Or if I was a parent or teacher.
It’s suitable for…
Ken: Library staff.
Shawn: Parents looking to encourage their children to read more.
Conor: Teachers, parents, children, young adults who don’t have easy access to a good collection of children/young adult books.
It would be useful for schools and/or libraries because…
Ken: The website has a lot of information on target audience, which is divided into four different age groups. It can help library staff to consider if a book is appropriate for children. The ‘News and Updates’ section also provides useful information on book awards, events and programs.
Shawn: It provides a simple search engine interface that children would find easy to use.
Conor: Who need more books, but don’t have a budget for real ones. Who Next…? provides a whole range of online books for a set price – probably a fraction of the cost of paper books.
My favourite feature is…
Ken: The ‘Suggested Titles’ section under each author information, because I can find books related to/similar to the genres and themes of my favourite authors. It’ll be even more useful if the ‘Filter Results’ feature allows you to filter by published year because you can then find the most recent books.
Shawn: I like being able to filter results by genres and themes to show authors specific to my particular tastes.
About Who Next…?
Who Next…? is an interactive online tool designed to help librarians and library users to encourage children and young people to read more widely, by suggesting authors they might enjoy. The tool can be used to guide children who have already enjoyed stories by one writer to find others who write in a similar way. For each of the 890 authors listed, other authors who write in a similar style are suggested. By moving from one entry to another, young readers can expand the number of writers they enjoy. Older children can also use the guide themselves.
The links that have been made between authors are based on genre and theme, and also of styles of writing, or similar aspects of characterisation and settings. The most popular titles by each author are listed and the information is arranged in four age groups: 5-7, 8-11, 12-14 and 14+. Who Next…? also suggests suitable titles for dyslexic and reluctant readers. Librarians, parents and teachers need ponder no longer when asked “What shall I read next?”.