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Recommended Read

Selecting a Title

The title you select must meet three criteria:

  1. It must be a title from the Davis Senior High School library collection.
  2. It must have at least three professional reviews (see below for how to find professional reviews).
  3. It must be
    • a book you have not read before.
    • a book that is not part of the school textbook collection.

Need help selecting a title? Try some of the links below.

What Should I Read Next? Put in the name of an author you like, and this site will suggest other authors and titles that are similar.

Whichbook This site allows you to select characteristics you like in a good read.

YourNextRead  "Tell YourNextRead what book you just finished—and enjoyed!—and it will generate a web of eight related books."

Once you choose a title and have it approved, please create a citation of it in your NoodleTools account. Create a new project called "Recommended Read" and share it to the Recommended Read drop box.

Links to Professional and Reader Reviews

Yolo County Library Catalog

Search the catalog for your title. Often you will find a link under the cover image of the that says "Reviews & More." Clicking here will take you to a page where you can read reviews from standard professional sources, like Publisher's Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Kirkus, Horn Books, Booklist and others. However, to get the full citation, you may need to look in a magazine database like EBSCOhost.


Searching within Literary Reference Center will provide you access to reviews. Look under the "literary criticism," "reviews" and "magazine" tabs of the result lists to find reviews.

General OneFile through Yolo County Library

Search the General OneFile database from Infotrac. Remember to limit your search to "full text" results.

Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews is not indexed in any of the periodical databases, but its archives of reviews is available from its own web site.


Goodreads has lots of reader reviews. The reviews are not individually titled, so use "Community Reviews" and the reviewer's username in your citation for title and author.

Offline Sources

In the reference section we have the Book Review Digest, which contains short excerpts of reviews. This would be a good source to check if the book was published between 1960 and the mid-1990s.

Review Citations and Notecards

You must find at least four reviews, three of which should be professional reviews from sources like Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal.

Create a citation in NoodleTools for each review. Then create a new notecard. In the "Direct Quotation" field, place a quote from the review that expresses the reviewer's opinion of the book. Paraphrase the quote in the "Paraphrase" field. Finally, in the "My Ideas" field, respond to the review by affirming or refuting the reviewer's position and by providing a reference to the book to support your position.

The Dedication

The "Dedication" is a document you will submit to the teacher librarian. It will not go on display. In it, you answer three questions about the book you selected: Why I picked it up? Why I finished reading it? Who I'd give it to next?

You may view models of this format at Unshelved by Ambaum & Barnes. Some of the examples are brief. For this assignment, please provide a paragraph response to each question.

The Display

Complete the Recommended Read Display Template (Word doc) or the Recommended Read Display Template (Google Slide), replacing the text in the template with text for your book. Affix the printed template to an open cubby of the black spinner rack. Place your book in the cubby, using a bookend to support it. Also, print out a cover image of your book to place within the cubby. You may be able to find a cover image through the Yolo County Public Library OPAC. See library staff for assistance on printing the cover image in color.

Extra Credit--the Review

You may earn extra credit by typing your rating of the book into the review area of the library OPAC. You must log in to the OPAC to be able to write a review. The library staff will post the review.