Resource type: Booklists and book reviews
Price band: Free
Key stage: Adult
Region(s): All of UK
Books for Keeps is a free digital magazine about children’s books designed to help teachers and librarians keep abreast of new titles and issues relating to the children’s book world. The magazine is published every two months, with issues in January, March, May, July, September and November.
BfK reviews over 1000 children’s books every year, covering picture books, fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Reviews are organised by teaching/age range and cover books for pre-schoolers right through to 14+ . Every review also carries a star rating to help make book selection easier when time and budgets are tight.
As well as reviews, the magazine carries articles and features about every aspect of children’s books, including:
- The Authorgraph interview with an established author, illustrator or poet.
- Beyond the Secret Garden: a series of articles that examine the way Black, Asian and minority ethnic voices have been represented in children’s books.
- The Good Reads slot featuring children’s own book reviews.
- Classics in Short: a feature looking back at some of the iconic texts of children’s literature.
About Books for Keeps: Books for Keeps is a Community Interest Company. The magazine was launched in 1980 and has over 50,000 readers worldwide. In 1996 it was awarded the prestigious Eleanor Farjeon Award for distinguished services to children’s books.
Literacy Hive Likes:
- BfK’s team of expert reviewers are practising teachers, librarians and trusted critics from the educational and literary worlds.
- Digital format allows you to access past issues, as well as to search for reviews of particular books and past articles.
- The magazine can be read online, downloaded, or you can print out a pdf.
- For anyone interested in children’s books and the wider children’s book world, this is a great resource.