WHAT IS TheBookSeekers?
HOW DO I FIND BOOKS?
Search by keyword
Search using Get Ideas
Finding books by browsing
SERVICES FOR MEMBERS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
WHAT ARE COLLECTIONS?
QUESTIONS ABOUT MY LIBRARY
What is the Already Read shelf?
What is the Wishlist shelf?
What is the Saved Searches shelf?
How do I add to and delete books from my shelves?
What if I can't find a book?
QUESTIONS ABOUT RATINGS
What is the Star rating?
What is Age rating?
WHO CAN BE A MEMBER?
HOW DO I REGISTER/SIGN-IN?
WHAT DO I DO IF I'VE FORGOTTEN MY PASSWORD?
AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS
TheBookSeekers is a discovery website for children’s books which seeks to help navigate through the huge choice of books for children – from toddlers to teens – to find the next great book to read.
You can search for a book by inputting a keyword into the search box on the menu bar. This can be a book title, an author or illustrator or a general search term such as "cats magic funny". The site will then search and return back books and Collections that are related to those words. You can then browse through the book list and the collection list to see if anything appeals.
You can also search for a book using the “Get Ideas” function on the menu bar. Hit the button and a drop down form appears allowing you to add up to five books. The website will search and return back a list of books to read next based on the similarities between those books. For example, you could input “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by JK Rowling, “Half Magic” by Edward Eager and “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” by CS Lewis and the site would recommend a set of books related to those three.
To find a book you can also browse our specially curated pages. Our home page has been designed to showcase collections of books you might be interested in; it is our equivalent of a high street shop window. However, like a high street store, we want to show our customers more examples of the wonderful books that are out there. To do this we have created a series of pages where we can showcase book collections in an organised way. These pages are really our online version of the sections you can see in some major bookshops, and each has its own button on the menu bar. Each page shows a different curated selection of books and collections.
You can search for a book without joining the site. However, becoming a member brings a number of additional benefits, including storing your own library and following collections that you are interested in. Please remember that Membership is restricted to anyone aged 13 years or above (see Terms and Conditions for further details). Further details of these benefits are outlined below.
When you join the site we automatically allocate you a single bookcase which contains a shelf for books you’ve already read, a wishlist shelf for books you’d like to read, and a shelf where you can store the last list of books recommended to you by the site.
If you only want to store the details of books for one person then you can simply take the allocated bookcase. However we know that people often look for books for more than one child, and so we have designed the site so that members can have as many bookcases as they like. This means you can have separate set of Already Read, Wishlist and Recommended shelves for each child.
To get more than one book case simply click the “add child” button when you sign up as a member and the site will offer you the option to personalise your book case with a name, age and gender of the child in question, and then add as many more personalised bookcases as you wish. If you’ve already signed up then simply go to the My Library section of your account page and click the “add child” button.
A collection is a set of books linked together in a particular way, and we have curated collections based around things such as themes, characters, moods. As a member you can create your own collections via the Build Lists button on the menu bar. Click the button, give your collection a title, add the books you want to include and then save it. Anyone can search for your collection in the keyword search box but only fellow Members can add additional books to it. If you want to add extra books to your own collection after you have saved it then simply go to its collection page.
As a member you can also follow collections you are interested in. These appear in the “Collections I’m Following” section of your account page. If someone adds a book to a collection you are following this will be reported in your Timeline. Any collections you create will automatically appear in your “Collections I’m Following”.
Collections are sets of books that "go together” in some way, be that because they share the same theme, mood, series, book award or reading scheme. Once you have found a collection you are interested in you can browse the books in it, and if you find one you are interested in you can click the cover image to visit the book page to find out more about it. If you can’t find an interesting book in a collection you can look at the shelves underneath for other suggestions.
The Already Read shelf is where you store all the books you have read already. This gives you a record of all the books you have read. You can bulk fill your Already Read shelf in the My Library section of your account page.
The Wishlist shelf is where you store books that you would like to read. When you have read any of them you can transfer them to your Already Read Shelf. To do this first go to the book page and add it to your Already Read shelf, then go back to your Wishlist and delete the book by clicking the red cross in the top right hand corner.
When you do a search we give you a book list of recommended reads. This list can be stored on your “Saved searches” shelf. Simply click the “Save Search” button and then, if you have shelves for more than one child, specify whose recommended shelf you wish to store the book list on. Remember that when you save a search it will overwrite any existing set of books stored on your Saved searches shelf.
You can add an individual book to either your “Already Read” or Wishlist shelf via the Book Page. Simply click the relevant button which appears underneath the book cover. If you have more than one bookcase then you must specify which bookcase you wish to add the book to.
You can also bulk fill your Already Read shelf by going to your Account page and clicking the “fill shelves” button in the My Library section. Here you can select multiple books and add them to your shelf in one go.
Books can be deleted from your Wishlist, Already Read or Recommended shelf by clicking the small red cross in the corner of the book.
This site is still being developed and there may be occasions when a book you want to add to your shelves has not made it into our database yet. If this occurs please email us and let us know the title and author of the book and we will endeavour to add it to our database.
The star rating is a measure of how much you enjoyed reading the book. The rating goes from 1 star (awful) to 5 stars (brilliant!).
The Age Rating given to a book is there to capture the age from which you – our members – think a child might enjoy a given book, whether or not they are reading it themselves or someone else is reading it to them. We ask you to age rate a book when you add it to your Already Read shelf, but this is not compulsory.
We have seeded the age ratings on the site with data from the British Library, which we believe originally came from publishers. However, we hope that our Members will supplement this data with information from their own experiences. The more people that age rate a book, the better the guidance on the site.
We understand that there is controversy surrounding age rating, and that many people do not think any age should be put on a book. We take a very pragmatic approach here. Finding books children will love inevitably involves a judgement about both interest and complexity. Those caring for children are best placed to judge the level of the child, but to match it to a book they need to know the level of the book too. When used as a guide – and as an approximation – we believe age rating is a source of information that can help in this matching process.
Membership is restricted to anyone aged 13 years or above. If you are under 18 years of age you must also have parental or guardian consent to be a member of the site.
You can become a member of TheBookSeekers by registering directly through our website, or you can use your Facebook authentication. To register on the website click on the Register button of the carousel on the home page, or the Register/Login tab on the menu bar. This will take you to the sign up page where you can create your account and your bookcases.
If you forget your password click the “forgotten password?” link underneath the login button on the account page, then input your email address in the box provided and press send. We will email an activation link to the email address associated with your account. Simply go to that email and click on the link and you will be given the opportunity to input a new password.
Need more help? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best!