Zoobean | Remarkable books for kids

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Zoobean helps parents find books that children can identify with (character background, age) or fits specific circumstances (bullying, death & loss, holidays, etc.). So, for instance, if you want to find a book about self-esteem that features African-American characters for a 4 year old, you can.

(thank you Matt!)

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  1. This is fantastic! Not only is the content awesome, but the site design is also gorgeous.

  2. There is value to sites like these but, really, this is just a bush-league version of what a library/librarian can do. This is a great concept but visit your local library’s on-line catalog for more and better results – or if you really want to knock it out of the ballpark, ask a librarian. There are not enough books here, not enough categories, and there are only newer titles.

  3. I had the same idea – um, this is what libraries and librarians do! Obviously if you like the book enough when you see it at the library, then you can buy it. It’s a nice site but today’s library catalogs ar eeasily browsable for some many aspects and you don’t have to buy the darn thing to find out if you like it.
    Parents are great curators – but how about a librarian who, you know, spends their whole working life thinking about these questions?

  4. This dialogue is incredibly helpful as we continue to grow Zoobean! We created the site after finding that our [awesome] local library wasn’t as helpful as we hoped.

    The first challenge was finding the time to get to the library when it was open (in our hometown, they’ve really cut back the hours). Next, it was hit or miss when it came to finding a librarian who could really point us to what we were looking for. And then it was almost even harder to find that beautiful book we didn’t even know we were looking for as we worked our way through rows and rows of books with spines facing out instead of eye-opening covers facing forward.

    At our branch, the catalogs were not easily browsable and were organized by familiar categories like genre, author, and broad subjects rather than more relevant terms like “Fearless Females,” “Growing Up,” “Latino” and “Boy”, or “Mother, Mother & Child” that our curators (over half of whom are librarians) have employed for Zoobean. Even more difficult to combine these terms into a filtered list of results highly recommended by parents.

    Sounds like we still have a lot of work to do to achieve our mission. We so much want to make a real difference.

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