How to Find the Right Books for You

All readers should select books based on their personal taste, interests, and reading level. The Castilleja Library offers the following tools to help you select the right books for you:

  • The library catalog includes a special feature called TitlePeek. Once you are looking at the record for a particular title, you can click on the book cover to see a page with a summary, author biography, and a variety of editorial reviews, which recommend a grade or age level. We recommend School Library Journal as a reliable source for grade ranges. (Look below to watch a short video about how to use TitlePeek.)
  • The library’s Pinterest account has annotated reading recommendations, which always include a recommended grade level.
  • Our Recommended Pleasure Reading List also includes a suggested grade range for each title.
  • Need more recommendations? The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teen Book Finder is a free app that allows you to search for books that have been selected for one of the organization’s many awards or booklists. You can download it via the App Store.
How to use Title Peek (the image at the bottom right of the square will allow you to view this video in full screen):