Pre-K - Books especially good for the pre-school group. Usually these are board books, but not always.
EL (K-3) - We think early readers will like these books. The content or readability should interest someone who is just learning to read independently.
EL - These books are for the 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The subject matter and length are great for established readers who are not quite ready for more mature themes, strong language or graphic content.
MS - 7th, 8th grade - Students who are making their own reading choices, who want something that reflects who they are and the world they are trying to figure out. Some use of 'language' and introduction of more mature themes, without graphic content.
HS - 9-12 - Students who definitely choose their own books and want books that are readying them for an independent life. Themes are usually more mature, there will probably be strong language and the content may be PG-13 or rarely R-rated.
PUBLIC ONLY - these are usually HS level books that our readers find extremely compelling reads, but for some reason (mature content, violence or language) they don;t feel they can recommend them for purchasing for a school library.
Please remember that our reviews are first and foremost for school librarians in our home state of Utah. Some schools may be more lenient in their choices, and other schools may be more conservative in their choices.
ESSENTIAL - Any school library at the advised level should at least one copy of this in their library. It will be a popular book that kids will tell their friends to read.
ADVISABLE - After you have purchased all of the ESSENTIALS, have a look at these. Buy the ones that are the more popular genres in your library, ones that intrigue you, or ones that support the curriculum.
OPTIONAL - Not as instantly popular as the ESSENTIALs and ADVISABLES, but good books to look at to fill out your most popular genres. We usually recommend buying these books in paperback.
NOT RECOMMENDED - Whether the writing is poor or the content is graphic or violent without being support by a compelling plot or theme, we recommend that you pass these books by.
PUBLIC ONLY - these are usually HS level books that our readers find
extremely compelling reads, but for some reason (mature content,
violence or language) they don;t feel they can recommend them for
purchasing for a school library.