Child-friendly version of goodreads?
April 9, 2016 3:40 AM   Subscribe

Six-year-old daughter is a real bookworm and loves writing reviews. She's seen me on goodreads and really wants to do something similar. She likes the idea of sharing reviews and getting recommendations. Is there anything we could use together which would be suitable?

Even if GR allowed her (it doesn't), it wouldn't be right: the social stuff, the lack of filtering and also lack of other users at her level (she's reading above 6yo, but not that far above...).
posted by monkey closet to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Biblionasium is apparently "Goodreads for kids" according to Google and Quora. They have shelving, recommendations, and community features. There's a site tour linked on the main page.
posted by xyzzy at 4:03 AM on April 9, 2016

Not quite exactly Goodreads for kids, but Common Sense Media has kid and parent reviews of books, movies, and other media.
posted by instamatic at 4:11 AM on April 9, 2016

Some schools and libraries participate in Spaghetti Book Club. Not sure if you can join as an individual.
posted by kittydelsol at 4:17 AM on April 9, 2016

Here's The Guardian kids' book review site. Children six and under join with their family; seven and ups can post on their own behalf.
posted by firstdrop at 11:04 AM on April 9, 2016

If you're going to be helping her and supervising, there's nothing wrong with letting her use Goodreads, either. My (homeschooled) kids have been using it for years and years now; it makes tracking their free reading choices SO much easier! (I really would love to see them have a child-friendly portal (say for 12 and under?) to the same database - maybe with an option for regular Goodreads users to be able to turn on and off viewing the reviews-by-kids.)
posted by stormyteal at 12:21 PM on April 9, 2016

If her school library uses Follett Destiny as its circulation system (and they have enabled this feature), Destiny allows students to post ratings and reviews. Ask the school librarian.
posted by Nosey Mrs. Rat at 2:45 PM on April 10, 2016

I met an exec from DogoBooks at BEA recently. He described it as "Goodreads for kids."
posted by Nosey Mrs. Rat at 8:35 PM on May 23, 2016

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