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25 October 2011 | PR 11/134

New online guide helps children explore the world of reading

An online version of ‘Who Next…?', the popular guide to children’s fiction designed to help young people explore the world of reading, has just been launched by LISU at Loughborough University.

The web resource – whonextguide.com – includes listings for over 750 children’s authors to help signpost young readers to new material when they have exhausted the works of their favourite writers.  The listings, which can also be found in the fourth edition of the ‘Who Next?’ book, will be regularly updated by the editors Viv Warren and Mary Yardley.

Viv and Mary are experienced children’s librarians and have been able to draw on a team of expert advisers with first-hand knowledge of children’s reading to compile their lists.  Authors who write short stories and those whose titles are available as ebooks and talking books are identified, and information included on selected titles and series.  Where an author has their own website, a link is provided so that readers can quickly find more information about their favourites.

Who Next…? in print was developed primarily as an information source for parents, teachers and librarians to help encourage children to enjoy reading.  The whonextguide.com – a companion site to the online guide to adult fiction authors, www.whoelsewriteslike.com – has been designed with the child user in mind, so that it is easy to navigate and follow a path from old favourites to new authors and more challenging reading.

Both the book and the website are arranged in four age groups corresponding to the Key Stages: 5‑7 years, 8-11 years, 12-14 years and 14+ years.  There are links between the age groups, and information on genres, themes and prize winners.

Try before you buy, with a 14-day free trial at www.whonextguide.com.  Individual subscriptions start at £5, with multi-user licences available for schools and libraries.  Discounts are available for subscribers to whoelsewriteslike.com.  The book is available to buy direct from LISU, priced £21.99 including UK delivery.  For further information call 01509 635680 or email lisu@lboro.ac.uk

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Judy Wing
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Loughborough University
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E: J.L.Wing@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

  1. Co-editor Viv Warren was formerly Head of Library Services to Children and Young People in East Sussex. Now retired, she is on the governing board of several schools and has acted as co-ordinator for Family Learning events. Mary Yardley was formerly Head of Information Management in East Sussex and is currently working for Dorset School Library Service.

  2. LISU is a national research and consultancy centre which aims to promote good management practice in information, cultural and academic services, through providing independent advice and support for advocacy, performance evaluation and enhancement. It is based in the Research School of Informatics and the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University. For further information visit: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/dis/lisu

  3. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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