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Books & Reading

Online Databases – Resources Requiring Login (Library card and password)

Biblioenfants.com – Livres d’images animés et parlants, comprenant des albums pour enfants, des romans jeunesse et romans classiques, des jeux et des vidéos instructifs ainsi qu’une section pour apprendre les langues. S’addresse aux jeunes depuis la maternelle jusqu’à fin secondaire. Le texte ajustable apparaît surligné lors de la narration. Outil parfait pour encourager la lecture et pour les étudiants de langue seconde. [Flash est nécessaire]

GVPL Library to Go – A collection of popular downloadable ebooks and audiobooks for all ages, available to residents of the Greater Victoria Public Library service area.

NoveList – If you’re looking for a good read – start here! Find out who writes like your favourite author, other books in a series, and other great reading suggestions.

TumbleBookCloud – Formerly called TumbleReadables. Read-along books for students K-12. Great for reluctant readers and ESL. Read these books online or listen as they are read aloud – not downloadable. [Requires Flash]

TumbleBooks –  Animated picture books, novels and classics with sound, music and narration as well as read-along titles for students from K-12. Adjustable text size and complete audio narration. Sentences are highlighted as they’re read. Pages turn automatically. Great for reluctant readers and an excellent tool for ESL. [Requires Flash]

TumbleTalkingBooks/AudioBookCloud.com – Streaming audio books from classics and non-fiction to novels, children’s and teen books, and plays — including Shakespeare.


Subject Guides – Open Resources (no login required)

DailyLit – Read books online by daily email and RSS feed.

Who Writes Like – A great online reader’s guide to fiction authors.


Author Information Websites

Authors on the Web – Websites built by authors.

BC BookWorld – BC Author Bank – A great place to find out more about literacy activity in British Columbia – over 7,000 authors listed. Maintained by BC BookWorld, Canada’s largest-circulation independent newspaper about books.

Fantastic Fiction – Book lists for over 15,000 authors and information on over 250,000 books published in the U.K. Throughout the site, just click on a book to see its cover picture, description and publication details.

Meet the Author | Bringing Books to Life! – Watch authors introduce their books in their own words. These video clips are not reviews and they are not written by the marketing departments of publishers.


Bestseller Lists

BC Bestsellers – Top selling adult and children’s books by BC authors and publishers from the Association of Book Publishers of BC.

New York Times Bestsellers, 1950-present


Book Review Websites

BookWire – BookWire Reviews – An extensive database of more than 600 reviews since 2004.

Books – The New York Times Book Review – Book news and reviews from the “granddaddy” of all North American dailies.

Books | Book reviews, news and features | Times Online – Book news and reviews from the United Kingdom.

January Magazine – BC website devoted to books. 

Quill & Quire » Book reviews index – Book reviews from the magazine of Canada’s book industry.

Quillblog – Opinions and news blog about Canadian books and publishing.

The New York Review of Books – Home – Online edition (not full content of print edition) of this venerable U.S. magazine.

Tyee Book Home Page :: tyeebooks.ca – A book blog from BC’s independent online newspaper.

globeandmail.com: Globe Books – The lastest reviews from one of Canada’s national newspapers.