Children's Booksellers on the Internet

The Children's Literature Web Guide

This is a selective and highly subjective list of online bookstores. I haven't purchased from many of these firms; my recommendations are based solely on the quality of information about children's books that is available on their web sites. In preparing this list, I was looking online bookstores that offer recommendations, reviews, and background information we can use to promote children's books, whether or not we actually buy anything. In cases where I list a general interest bookstore, the link has been made (wherever possible) to the "Children's Department."

Other booksellers will be noted on the CLWG News page as I become aware of them.


[***] indicates an Internet resource that in my opinion is particularly valuable.


U.S. Booksellers

*Amazon Kids[***]

The services and features at Amazon's web site are utterly remarkable. Most recent books feature reviews, some written by Amazon staff, some from reputable journals (the children's book section often features reviews from The Horn Book, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews), and some contributed by readers. The children's section (and the Young Adult section) include high-quality recommendations for various age levels and genres, as well as features about individual books and writers. Buy or just browse. You can't lose.

*Barnes and Noble

This is the online version of the well-known chain. Like Amazon.com, the selection of titles is huge, the recommendations are good (though perhaps with a greater emphasis on commercial series books), and many titles feature reviews. There may not be quite as many extra services for those of us who browse (rather that buy from) the web site, but perhaps it's just a case of personal preference.

*Books.com

A small selection of nicely-presented recommendations.

*Cherry Valley Books[***]

An excellent children's specialty store with frequently updated book selections.


Canadian Booksellers

*ChaptersGLOBE.com

This joint effort of Chapters Books (Canada's largest bookstore chain) and the Globe & Mail newspaper, provides access to Canadian and international titles, reviews from the Globe, interviews from the CBC, and a database of authors.

*National Book Service

A Canadian wholesaler serving schools and libraries, with some useful online lists and searchable catalogues.

*Woozles: a place for and about Children

A children's bookstore in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


U.K. Booksellers

*Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com has crossed the Atlantic. This site takes over from the former Bookpages, and follows the basic US Amazon format.

*The Bookpl@ce

Access to information and recommendations for children's books through BookEnds, an online "magazine" that provides a Monthly Focus, as well as News and Features.

*The Internet Bookshop

No separately defined "children's area," so probably not the first place to look for recommendations, but this online bookstore does have a very large searchable database of British and US publications. Excellent for tracking down specific titles and editions.

*OKUKBooks

"The Home of British Children's Books."


Book Clubs

*Scholastic Book Clubs

Scholastic provides online information about their various school book clubs.

*Planet Troll

The online home of Troll Book Clubs.

*Troll Canada

A separate company serving the Canadian market.


General Guides to Online Booksellers

If you don't find what you're looking for in the highly selective and incomplete listings above, check one of these more general directories.

*American Booksellers Association BookWeb

Includes a directory of ABA-member bookstores, and news about books and the book industry that will be of interest to booksellers and consumers.

*Australian Booksellers Online

*The BookWire Index to Booksellers

*Yahoo's directory of Children's Book Companies


Monday, October 19, 1998
The Children's Literature Web Guide
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