Tips for building your kids ebook collection

What does your library’s kids e-collection need? A little of everything! Here are my tips for anyone just starting out:

  • Start with favorites–Books that are hot in print are also hot as ebooks. Start with the top titles, and consider buying multiples.  
  • Add in series–Buy Book One plus the latest, then watch checkouts and holds to fill in based on demand. Publisher sales are great for filling in the gaps.
  • Buy for all ages–Kids of all ages use ebooks, so be sure to buy picture books, board books, and easy readers as well as chapter books and fiction.
  • Don’t forget about homework–Frequently assigned titles, biographies, and hot report topics are all lifesavers when kids can’t get to the library, but…
  • Be careful with nonfiction–Double check the publication date of the print title to make sure you’re getting the most up-to-date information.
  • Finally, purchase frequently to keep your homepage fresh–Since the newest titles appear first, adding a few books at least weekly means repeat users will always see something new.

Have your own tips for building kids e-collections? Please share them in the comments!

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This month’s blog post by Rachel Wood, ALSC Digital Content Task Force (virtual committee)
Acting Materials Division Chief
Arlington (VA) Public Library


  1. ronald

    Dear Moms and Dads,

    How To Draw – For Kids Ebook
    A Fun And Educational Drawing Instruction Ebook For Children. Learn How To Draw Animals, People, Faces, 3-d Objects. 39 Pages Packed With Fun Drawing Projects. Printable PDF Format That Is Easy To Download And Use. http://tinyurl.com/ccanwas

  2. Rahul

    This is wonderful. The kids all did such a nice job drawing and painting.


  3. Diana

    My friend wrote an awesome book that my kids don’t want to put down so I convinced her to put it up online. Check it out and tell your friends. If she sells enough I might be able to get her to publish it in paper back!


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