I’ve found a neat newish website that can help teachers help students find good books to read.
Bookish includes a nifty recommendation feature. You type in a book you’ve loved. The system spits out a book you might like.
Here’s what it looks like:
I think it works pretty well. When I typed in The Fault in Our Stars, I got The Perks of Being a Wallflower. When I typed in Snitch, I got Give a Boy a Gun. When I typed in Perfect Chemistry, I got When You Were Mine.
These are solid recommendations that students will find helpful. After all, some students have trouble finding their next book. And some want to discover their own books, rather than relying on their teacher or their peers. Bookish offers these students another option.
A couple neat features: First, you can enter up to four books into the recommendation engine, which improves the search. Second, each book choice includes a blurb, and some even offer first-chapter samples.
In my view, Bookish is a simple, easy-to-use tool that will help connect students with good books. Try it out!