BRILL - Book Selection

Choosing Selecting Resources Suggestions


We all use different criteria to choose books for leisure reading. Everybody is different. It doesn't matter if you know exactly what you want to read or if you you choose a book on the basis of its cover. You use a method that is best for you.

You might have the following in mind:

  • Favourite author
  • Favourite genre [eg. Fantasy, Crime]
  • Favourite subject [if looking at non-fiction]
  • Recommendation from someone else.


If you don’t know what you want you will go on First Impressions:

  • Interesting title
  • Colourful cover
  • Length of book

Once you have spotted a book you will need to decide whether it is right for you. Use BRILL to help you make that decision.

Blurb     Read the Blurb [usually on the back cover]

Read    Read a few pages or the first chapter.

Interest    Does it Interest you?

Look    Look for pictures / illustrations.

Length    Check the Length. Do you want to read a short or long book?

If you are still not sure ASK a teacher, a librarian [school or public] or a Friend.

The Librarian uses a variety of sources to help select books and other resources for the school library. When selecting books, the Librarian has to take a number of factors into consideration:

  • Cost
  • Popular appeal
  • Reading age
  • Date of publication
  • Relationship to current stock
  • Relevance to the curriculum
  • How does a Librarian choose books for a school library?

To help choose books the Librarian will use the following:

  • Publisher catalogues
  • Internet [eg. Amazon; Blackwells; Cool Reads]
  • Book reviews in various magazines [eg. Teen Titles; School Librarian; Newspapers]
  • Visits to bookshops
  • Visits to public libraries
  • Recommendations from other school librarians
  • Requests from Pupils
  • Requests from Teachers


You can suggest books for the school library at any time.

Fill in a 'Recommendation Form' and hand it to the librarian who will consider the request in relation to the criteria noted above.