Books and Reading Resources

Online Books

Banned Books Online – University of Pennsylvania
Special exhibit of books that have been the objects of censorship
Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse; search by author, title, subject, genre

More than 2000 free texts, study guides and reference resources

Perseus Digital Library – Tufts University
Greek and Roman classics; English Renaissance

Project Gutenberg
Books in the public domain (published before 1923)

Book Info
Online book ordering; short reviews

Barnes and Noble
Online book ordering

Guide to the book resources of the Internet, containing more than 5,000 categorized links to book sites around the world

Find online text, book reviews, reading lists, author and publisher info and events.

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Includes feature articles and archives.

The Illinois Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Online Book Reviews/Criticism

Internet Public Library Online Literary Criticism Collection
Contains 4689 critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, title, or nationality and literary period

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature – Paul P. Reuben
Search by time period or author for American writers

Chapter by chapter summary of approximately 75 of the most-studied novels; also includes character analysis and metaphor and theme analysis
Provides literature summaries and analysis written by Harvard students. Find detailed summaries, character information, and literature references on about 200 novels
Provides chapter summaries, character development, and literary context for some of the most-studied novels

Book Awards and Recommedations

Booklists from the Young Adult Library Service Association (ALA)

Links to the Alex AwardsBest Books for Young AdultsOutstanding Books for the College BoundQuick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, etc.

Caldecott Medal Award

The Pulitzer Prizes
Search by year, category, title