A. Efficiency - 6.4
B. Functionality - 5.2
C. Design - 8.3
BookBrowse: A Giant Database of YA Lit Ready for You
Summary : Finding YA Lit in Mere Clicks
Book Browse is a database of book reviews that users can search. After launching the website, users simply have to enter a title, author, ISBN, or keyword into the search box and the website will report any matching content, including book reviews, author biographies, and related materials to the search terms. Users can then click on the content to access it. When a book is clicked, the website offers ratings for the book along with a summary, reviews, author information, and recommendations. If an author is searched, information about the author along with books by that author are reported.
In addition to the book browse feature, users can click the “What’s New” tab to view recently released YA novels. The “Read-Alikes” tab offers book recommendations based on related texts, and the “Authors’ tab lets users search for books by specific authors. Finally, the “Fun” tab includes multiple activities users can complete.
Please Note: This website contains additional content, some of which is free to access and some must be paid to access.
Instructional Ideas for BookBrowse
- At the beginning of the year or course, teachers can show students how to search this website to locate potential books of interest to read. That way, as the course progresses, teachers can direct students to this website to locate reading material!
- As an ongoing assignment, teachers can have students select a newly released book listed under the “What’s New” tab, read the book, and then offer a book talk about it to the class to stir interest in that book.
- Teachers can have students use this book search tool and compare it to Book Finder By Lexile and YASLA to see which they prefer. Teachers can then have students complete a graphic organizer to support their comparison. After students conclude which tool they prefer for locating books, teachers can have them use that tool for searching YA lit.
- Students can click the “Fun” tab and complete the different literary activities available there. After doing so, students can then write a journal about the activity they completed and submit it to their teacher for grading.
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