“Clean” Reads for Teens

April 24, 2009

When creating the “Just the Good Stuff” booklist for teens, I used a variety of sources. I surveyed the YALSA-BK listserv, asked co-workers and friends, scoured the web for similar booklists and found some good resources. Two blogs that I now subscribe to are devoted to reviewing and rating the “cleanliness” of books. They are Homespun Light and Good Clean Reads. Since I am not used to reviewing books based on “cleanliness” I found both of these blogs to be excellent resources to get an idea of which books they were recommending for teens. (I should mention that these blogs don’t just review books, but also include tidbits from their lives. But you can easily search for the book reviews.) Another resource that a FVRL coworker recommended was Common Sense Media. If you have patrons looking for reviews of movies, video games, websites, books, tv and music for kids, this may be a good site to point them to.

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