Answered By: Robert Fitzpatrick
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2020     Views: 9

Reply Draft from Robert Fitzpatrick (Jul 21 2020, 11:12am):

Hi Andrea,  [I just noticed the illustrations didn't carry over in this email.  I'll send them separately.) 

There are many, many ways to find reviews in the databases. 

This link will show you the results of one: 

This is how I found this list:

1 Start at the Library Home Page: and select databases:


2. Select “Children’s Core Collection”


3. Scroll down to the “Publication Type” limiter and select review:


4.  Type “reference” into the search box and select “Search””


5. You should get 590 results:



You can be more specific in your searching by replacing "reference" with e.g. "dictionary."

Kirkus Reviews

The content of much of Kirkus Reviews is available from their website: 



School Library Journal

Much of School Library Journal is also available online:




There are also excellent websites to assist with collection development:

This site is particularly useful"

This will provide average book prices (but reference books are usually at the high end of any price spectrum):

There are excellent ERIC Digest articles about school libraries here. (skip the ones marked "ad.")

I suspect you've already looked at school standards:

And these standard sources: (recommendations from ALA)


I'm going to make a LibGuide on this.  Contact me for the link later today.

Call me with questions.


Bob Fitzpatrick

603 254 6636