Readers’ Advisory Sources

Dewan, P 2012, Recommended adventure fiction, Children’s literature classics,  viewed on 14 September 2016, <>.

Compiled by Pauline Dewan, author of numerous books, chapters and articles on library science and readers’ advisory, the site’s recommended adventure fiction list provides an excellent catalogue of adventure titles ranging from the 1912 J.D. Wyss classic Swiss Family Robinson to modern day masterpieces up to 2012. The list is well presented divided into sub-genres including: magical adventure, Robinsonade, survival, sea adventure, and picture books, and further organised into author and year order. The site is limited in that it does not provide a synopsis or description of the books listed however it is still a great source for reading suggestions.

Christchurch City Libraries, 2016, Christchurch Kid’s Lists, Christchurch City Libraries, viewed on 14 September 2016, <>.

Christchurch City Libraries offer a host of recommended reading lists for children, teens and adults, for hundreds of different genres and topics. The site’s kids section contains adventure lists including funny adventure stories, adventure stories with heart, adventurous pirate tales, adventures in other worlds and times, and conspiracy adventures and struggles. The lists are short, mostly 10-25 titles, but offer modern recommendations, including 2016 books, and include more Australian and New Zealand authors than Dewan’s list. The recommendations also provide an image of the book as well as a plot synopsis.

Peck, P 2010, Readers’ advisory for children and ‘tweens, Libraries Unlimited, Santa Barbara.

Peck’s recommended genre fiction for ‘tweens (pp. 89-96) provides an extensive list of titles divided into genres including: fantasy, animal fantasy, science fiction, contemporary/realistic fiction, humour, mystery/horror/gothic, sports, animal stories, adventure, and historical fiction. However the adventure list is very limited in the number of titles and lacks the diversity of authors apparent in Christchurch City Libraries list. Unlike Dewan’s list, Peck’s catalogue does not indicate date of publication, nor does Peck provide a plot summary or synopsis. Peck’s book does provide excellent advisory lists for various age groups. The birth-5 recommendations list (pp. 44-57) provides recommendations for board books, picture books, and books that deal with issues such as a new baby, going to school, divorce and LGBTQ issues. The age 5-6 list (pp. 65-66) recommends readers and easy-to-read series titles, and the ages 6-8 recommendations (pp. 73-76) include transitional book titles. Whilst not explicitly recommending adventure fiction, Peck’s list does include numerous titles within the adventure genre and is a good resource when looking into specific age groups.

Sutton, R & Parravano, MV 2010, A family of readers: the book lover’s guide to children’s and young adult literature,  Candlewick Press, New York.

Sutton and Parravano provide reading recommendations from babies to young adult. Interestingly, they don’t divide their recommendations into age groups, but rather into formats including babies books (pp. 26-27); picture books (pp. 88-91); easy readers (pp. 105-106); and chapter books (pp. 115-116). They also provide genre recommendation lists including folklore (pp. 90-91); fantasy (pp. 136-137); historical fiction (pp. 152-153); humour (pp. 170-171); adventure (pp. 181-182), before moving into nonfiction genres. Unlike Peck’s list there is a diversity of recommended authors, including Australian authors such as Mem Fox. Additionally, the lists’ not only provide a synopsis of the book, but also the number of pages and the recommended age levels, features absent in Peck, Dewan and Christchurch Libraries lists. Whilst their adventure list is minimal it does provide a good variety of both popular titles, such as The Hunger Games, as well as lesser non titles, and more classic books such as Scott Westerfield’s Leviathan.