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Books and Reading

KPL staff-selected resources. We welcome your comments and suggestions.


Staff Recommends

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Databases (most require KPL library card)

Children's Literature Review

From Louisa May Alcott to Paul Zindel, the most popular and influential authors of the genre are assessed through criticism of their major works.

Learning Express Library (Home Access)

Online study test for the SAT, ASVAB, Civil Service, GED, ESL and many others.  Available in the library and at home to KPL library card holders.  New users must register on Learning Express at the library. Once registered, Learning Express Library can be accessed from home. Also available to Michigan residents with a Michigan driver's license or ID from

Literature Resource Center (Home Access)

Information on authors and literary movements and themes, inlcudes Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography and Contemporary Literary Criticism

LitFINDER (Home Access)

Poetry index of 600,000 poems with 50,000 full text. Short Story Finder offers full text, explanations, biographies. Over 1,000 complete plays & also includes Essay Finder & Speeches. Includes a Kid's corner.

Newspapers and Magazines

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African American Review

Believer, The

Book Links




Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


Kirkus Reviews

Library Journal

Mosaic Literary Magazine

  • Powell: Current and previous 1 year

New York Review of Books

New York Times Book Review

Paris Review

Passages North


Poets and Writers

Publisher's Weekly

School Library Journal

Sci-Fi Entertainment

Scottish Life


Third Coast




AKA - Also Known As

Author pseudonyms, aliases, nicknames, working names, legalized names, pen names, etc.

Children's Book Council

A non-profit trade organization dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children’s books. Official sponsor of Young People’s Poetry Week and Children’s Book Week.

Kids Book Link - Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (Michigan Chapter)

Information about Michigan authors and illustrators, links to email addresses or websites, information about titles, and how to book them for school visits and conferences.

Native American Authors - from the Internet Public Library

Information on contemporary Native North American authors with bibliographies of their published works, biographical information, and links to interviews, online texts and tribal websites.

Book Awards

Michigan Notable Book Awards

The Michigan Notable Books list, formerly known as Read Michigan, is an annual selection of books representing the diverse history and culture of our state.  

Pulitzer Prize List

For all Pulitzer Prize related information, this searchable database helps users access information about the history of the awards, the winners, and the award categories. 

Book Blogs

KPL Staff Picks

Mittenlit Blog

All about books and authors with a tie to Michigan.

Book Clubs

Book Browse

Reading guides to help you to think about a book.  Great for book clubs.

Book Club Classics

Designed to help book clubs be even more effective by getting the most out of their selections.

Oprah's Book Club

Whether you're reading them for the first time or revisiting your favorite, these books kept readers eagerly turning pages for six years!

Reader's Circle

A public directory that specializes in listings for book clubs and reader's circles. Anyone may post a listing or search for a group by zip code.

Reading Group Guides

A place to search when you need a little help in discussing your favorite book.  

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American Library Assocation

Provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship.

Barron's Booknotes - Book Summaries

Site includes a list of canonical, Western literature often taught in secondary education and college courses, accompanied by summaries of the text by scholars, author profiles, and traditional crib note interpretations.

Provides students, researchers, and librarians with access to books and information including a searchable quotation database, World Fact Book, Gray's Anatomy, and Strunk's

Bestseller Lists - Links from Yahoo

Listing of web resources providing information about best selling books in a variety of topical and genre areas.

Book Browse

Reviews, excerpts, and reading guides.

Book Reporter

Provides thoughtful book reviews, features, in-depth author profiles & interviews, excerpts of new releases, literary games & contests.

BookBrowser from Barnes & Noble

Site features news about new books and a searchable database that allows for title, author and keyword seaching.


Web sites organized into bestseller lists, genres, book reviews, electronic texts, book news, and much more.


C-SPAN program on books and authors.


With over 18,000 reverse links, the most comprehensive online portal into the book industry. For librarians, publishers, booksellers, authors, and general book enthusiasts.

Dewey Classification Guide

From the Appleton Public Library (WI), an alphabetical guide to the Dewey Classification System.

Fantastic Fiction

Author bibliographies and book descriptions, plus a new books section.

Google! Print

Google Print puts the content of books where you can find it most easily; right in Google search results.

Library Thing

Enter what you're reading it's an easy, library-quality catalog. LibraryThing connects you with people who read the same things.

Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes

From the Library of Congress: How to Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem Without Knowing its Title or Author.

Michigan Center for the Book

Promotes reading in Michigan.

Morton Grove's Site for Book Lovers

Comprehensive list of web links for book lovers. Includes book reviews, book discussion guides, booksellers, e-books, literary awards, genre fiction sites, online literary magazines, & much more.


Books that have been discussed on National Public Radio.

OCLC's FictionFinder

With FictionFinder, you can search for books, eBooks, and audiobooks by titles, authors, ISBNs, and other information such as literary awards and book summaries. 


Literary and genre fiction information. Book reviews, recommended lists, discussion forums, genre fiction, readers advisory resources, and new titles.

Reader's Club

Help in finding a good book from the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County.

RHPL Reader's Services

Categorized web links for book interests: awards, reading groups, reading lists, genre fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction, and young adult.

University of Michigan Digital General Collection

Books from the University of Michigan collection, scanned for preservation purposes.

What's Next?: Books In Series™ Database of Kent District Library.

Try this site to find that next book in a series.

Wired for Books

Listen to readings and lectures of noted writers reading from their works and the works of other significant authors.

Yahoo! - Arts:Humanities:Literature

Links cover a variety of aspects about literature, authorship, book buying, genres, and much more.

Books for Children

Book Adventure

Children create their own book lists from over 6,000  titles, take  quizzes on the books they've read offline, and earn points and prizes.


Reader's advisory service, with hundreds of recommended book reviews of children's literature in a variety of reading levels and interest areas. Features printable coloring pages, Harry Potter trivia, and great book lists.

BookPALS - Storyline Online

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation brings you an on-line streaming video program featuring members reading children's books aloud.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Reviews of current books for children. With concise summaries and critical evaluations. Includes the year's best books, and an accessible index.

Children's Book Council

A non-profit trade organization dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children’s books. Includes an online catalog, education programs, author profiles, awards information, and much more.

Children's Literature Web Guide

Gathers and categorizes the growing number of Internet resources related to books for children and young adults.

Lexile-Find A Book

Find a book at your reading level.

Marguerite deAngeli Collection - Lapeer County Library, Michigan

Houses one of the largest collection of original art work, manuscripts, personal correspondences and memorabilia of deAngeli, a writer and illustrator of children's books.

Michigan Reads! Open a Book, Open Their World

Welcome to the Michigan Reads! One State, One Preschool Book Program.

Reading Rockets

Launching young readers.



Searches for the best deal in books anywhere on-line.

Advanced Book Exchange

Online marketplace for used, rare, and out-of-print books. Connects those who buy books with those who sell them.


Connects people to thousands of independent book sellers around the world.Their proprietary technology and advanced logistics allows them to offer over 30 million used, new and hard-to-find titles to consumers, libraries and other institutions.

A commercial site that allows users to search, browse, read, and purchase books.Product profiles include customer reviews, product details, price, used products, customer ratings, and suggested items.


An online bookstore dedicated to making out-of-print books available. Readers can easily find and order out-of-print titles online, by mail, or by a toll-free phone number.

A commercial site for books, music, and videos. Includes price, reviews, recommended items, subject links, access to book clubs, newsletters, and much more.

African American literature - online bookstore.

Book Sale Finder

Click on the U.S. map to find where local booksellers are located and when upcoming book sales are scheduled.

Bookbug - A Bookstore for Kids

Bookbug is Kalamazoo’s only independent children’s bookstore! - New, Used, Rare & Out of Print

Over 50 million new, used, rare, and out of print books. A one-stop search site that lets users view the collections of over 50,000 sellers of new, used, rare, and out of print books.


Multiple books price comparison.

BookWeb: Home Page

A not for profit organization that supports the aims of independent bookstores, including free speech, literacy, and programs that encourage reading. Includes a directory of independently run bookstores.


Compare new and used book prices across major online bookstores.

Kazoo Books - Kalamazoo Bookstore

Order used books from a local book seller. Contains an online inventory of over 70,000 gift quality used books.

Library Book Sales - Links to Friends of the Library Book Sales

Site matches you with rare, collectible and quality books that have been donated to public libraries.The money you spend goes directly to that library. Site features a searchable database, browsing by author capability, and list of participating libraries.

Powell's Books

Independent bookstore, provides a searchable database by subject, author, title, or keyword for fiction, non-fiction, used books and text books to browse and purchase items online.

Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Comic Book Resources

What's happening in the world of comics.

Comics Worth Reading

Comic book reviews and recommendations.

Dark Horse

Publisher of a wide variety of comics.

DC Comics

Publisher's website.

Diamond Comic Distributors

Largest distributor of English-language comics. Includes previews and reviews.

Marvel Comics

Publisher's website.


News, reviews, previews and more.

No Flying, No Tights

Graphic novel site for Teens and Kids.

Sequential Tart

Web Zine with interviews, reviews and more raising the awareness of women in the comic industry.


Project Gutenberg

The original, oldest e-text project on the Internet. Searchable database includes over 10,000 available e-books and public domain materials. 


Mysteries by Topic

Looking for a mystery?  Check out this list compiled by a retired school librarian.

Stop, Your're Killing Me!

A resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books. It has a  listing of over 2,500 authors, with chronological lists of their books.

Romance Novels

Romance Reader

Latest news and views of Romance novels. Includes reviews, mailbag, archives, emporium, contributors, and links to web resources.

Science Fiction

SF Site

Reviews, news, link to other fan sites, and author interviews.  Hosts the Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine website.

What to Read After Harry Potter

Suggested Science Fiction and Fantasy titles.

Spanish Language

Barahona Center - for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents

Informs educational decision-makers about books centered around Latino people and culture and about books in Spanish and their value in education of English-speaking and Spanish-speaking children and adolescents.

Colorin Colorado

Literacy web site for Spanish speaking parents. Reading tips for parents in Spanish and English!

Library of Congress Hispanic Reading Room

Primary access point for research relating to those parts of the world that have been influenced by the Luso-Hispanic heritage.Includes online resources and archival collections for students and researchers.

Spanish National Library

Developed for the Spanish or bilignual user. Provides a link between the European Commission's Digital Heritage and Cultural Contents program and the libraries, archives and museums of Spain.  

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mother and son reading together

Discover great books for kidstweens, and teens.