What they said about the online version
Such a good resource and one that will form part of the library lessons for all pupils in school years 7, 8 & 9. Librarian, Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy
My only regret is that I have only just discovered this site. Am telling all my friends.
We find the Who next guide easy to use and extremely useful
I have found this website incredibly useful and have always recommended it to students... I would definitely recommend the site to acquaintances or readers in the future as I firmly believe it's an incredibly valuable tool!
What they said about the 4th edition
A 'must have' for any parents' bookcase. A brilliant reference book. My daughter's Head of English has since bought it for her school, and I have recommended it to many other people. If your child has enjoyed a particular book you can look up the author and find great 'next reads' If you're stuck for something for your child to read, or not sure what to get out of the library you can search by age, or by genre. I've used it extensively for my 5yr old and my daughter uses it herself to find decent books to read that she's interested in. It's great. Wouldn't be without it. Great for looking up book ideas for gifts too. Amazon.co.uk, Aug 2013
As a new junior librarian I found this really useful to recommend books to children stuck on a particular author. It has a great use in a library, but could be useful as a general teaching resource. Julia George, Amazon.co.uk, June 2013
... The increasing trend towards supplier selection for library stock means that it is often more difficult for staff to see new books and keep up to date with what is being published. In addition, library closures and the reduction of professionally qualified children’s librarian posts leads to further loss of the specialist knowledge and expertise about what books and writers are good to recommend to children. While not replacing this expertise, guides like this can provide valuable support for staff and readers and should be part of the standard reference tools in all public and school libraries.
... is an invaluable resource for anyone working, in any capacity, with children and books.
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What they said about previous editions
... What better way than a colourful, glossy, easy to handle publication to stimulate a child's reading interests and to widen his/her reading experiences ... Who Next...? is highly recommended as a must have publication ...
... Who Next? is becoming something of a classic of the children's literature scene... This book does an excellent job at showing young people the possibilities of venturing into another writer's world without straying from the comfort zone of the familiar author or character. It offers new horizons to them and relief to all those parents, teachers and librarians who have wondered what to do when their child, pupil or customer has (sometimes defiantly) read every book by that one author.
... a great resource for encouraging children to widen their reading interests. ...Who Next...? is certainly a wonderful, indispensable resource for librarians!
I have just received my copy of the new third edition and had to contact you immediately to say that it is even better than before. This indispensable guide has pride of place on my desk in this busy middle school library and I know it will both help me to do my job, and enthrall and engross my readers.
...a copy or two of this useful book would be good to see as a help for both children and parents in libraries. It will be useful as a reference point for specialists, for displays and as a stock check tool.
A word in your ear. What do you do when your child
has a favourite author but has gobbled up all the books
they’ve written? Help is at hand with Who Next?
... it is good to have reliable and up to date selections made by experienced practitioners with that practical knowledge built up over time which retains its enthusiasm for new reads and readers ... So Who Next...? is a value-for-money practitioner’s tool likely to be just as useful and popular among readers and their parents. Reference Reviews
Who Next? is highly recommended as a must-have
publication for all public librarians, English language
and media teachers. It is an essential companion
for parents visiting the local library or bookstore ...
and how about dropping a hint to grandparents, who
always seem to have more time to promote ‘reading’. I
am looking forward to the next edition of Who Next? and hope that it will still be going from strength to
strength by the time I am a grandparent!
For parents and teachers alike — this is a gem! If you want some information on books written by a specific author — then this is the book for you ... a must for teachers, teaching assistants, parents and children too! I can’t put it down and it has opened up so many opportunities for new literature for my children as well. A reader from Ashford, Kent
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