What comes next? Updated

LH book shelves

It used to be that most of the series books were listed in a big thick book that I loved to get off the shelf and read through at the library. I don’t even know if that same book is still in print, but you can now find much of the same information online. Below is my list of favorite websites for finding out what comes next in a series. If I missed one you like to use, please let me know.

I had enough additions since I posted the original version of this that I thought it was time to post it again as a clean copy. To find notes about where I got suggestions for additions from, check the bottom of the original post.

General Adult Fiction –

KDL (Kent District Library) What’s Next

Nebraska Library Commission Books in Series Database

Fiction DB

Books in Order (this one is by an individual and has lots of ads)

Fantasy Fiction –

Fantastic Fiction (from United Kingdom)

Murder Mystery –

Stop You’re Killing Me

Children’s Books –

Mid-Continent Public Library Juvenile Series and Sequels

Young Adult Books –

Bettendorf Public Library

Other Related Sites

What should I read Next?


This website is run by volunteers and not only gives a series listing, but allows you to sign up to get e-mails when a new entry in a series you’re following is released. Registration is free and may be done either through direct registration or through social media log ins. Recommended on Iowa Lib Jan 2014.

Iowa Readers’ Advisory Round Table
Reviews and connections between books by Iowa Librarians of the Reader’s Advisory Round Table of the Iowa Library Association.

Multiple Copies for Book Clubs
This list from the State Library of Iowa gives a list of multiple copies with numbers and the library that holds each collection to aid bookclubs across the state.


Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

In Memory of Brian Jacques

Remember Brian Jacques, RIP.

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If you don’t know who Brian Jacques was, he was a genius of a children’s author. His adventure stories filled with anthropomorphic animals (the Redwall Series) lured children back to thick books a full 10 years before the first Harry Potter book came out. His books seem like Robert Louis Stevenson adventures, if Stevenson had written about human-like animals instead of humans. Jacques recently and unexpectedly died.


Links to Jacques

From his website:

(At the time his page brought up an announcement of his death and it currently gives access to more information about him and the series – including the always debated question should you read in chronological order according to the setting of the books or in the order published.)

From The New York Times

From The BBC

The Lesson He Taught Me About Fame

Which inspired me to share the important lesson about fame…

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Freedom School

Revisiting the Freedom School.

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Rose Wilder Lane Hall

One of the photos that I’ve gotten the most questions about that people see at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri is the large log cabin with Rose Wilder Lane Hall on it near the end of the exhibit. This building is part of the Freedom School, a Libertarian institute in the 1960s which Rose Wilder Lane strongly supported. She wrote to Herbert Hoover urging his support, which he politely declined, and donated money herself. She also spoke at the school and the only known recording of Rose Wilder Lane’s voice, sadly no longer available for sale, was a copy with a lot of background noise of a speech she made there.

Connie Neumann, a fellow LIWLRA board member, has made a study of Laura connections to her state of Colorado and has even tracked down the former Freedom School campus. The…

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Giant Grasshopper

Who has been to see the giant grasshopper?

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A friend of mine just pointed out to me a stretch of highway in North Dakota known as the Enchanted Highway. A former teacher decided to draw tourists to his town by placing giant sculptures along the highway between his town and the Interstate. He has several and is adding more every year. Now Laura fans can get their photo taken being menaced by a giant grasshopper, straight out of the grasshopper plagues. Read more about the Enchanted Highway and see a photo of the Giant Grasshopper, here:


And consider adding a swing to North Dakota on your Laura trip!

UPDATED October 17 2016: I had a broken link and I fixed it and added my current signature. I haven’t made it to the giant grasshopper yet, but here’s a photo I took at “Fragments of a Dream” in Walnut Grove, Minnesota during the grasshopper plague scene.

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Information Literacy Presentation 2

Bringing the handout to the top for the conference session.

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October 12-14, 2016 was this year’s Iowa Library Association conference (ILA). This is the second time I presented on “Digital Natives?: Basics of Information Literacy.”

You hear the term Digital Native tossed around a lot about young people today. A true digital native would be information literate. Information Literacy, making sure people can find, evaluate for quality, and use the information that they need and think critically about it, is a big part of any library. This presentation will point out practical points that you can help people learn to evaluate and secure information. Topics covered will include website evaluation, how the Internet becomes an echo chamber of your beliefs, how to build better passwords, and the importance of a digital will.

Below you will find the links that I used in the program. I think you will find them interesting.

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Fall 2016 Schedule for the L.M. Montgomery Society of Ontario

What Laura Ingalls is to the United States, Anne Shirley is to Canada. Her much believed and respected author, L.M. Montgomery, has undergone nothing short of a renaissance in scholarship, interest, organizations, conferences, and preservation since I made my trip to Prince Edward Island as my high school graduation present. Tonight I’m tipping the hat and sharing word of one of the organizations in Montgomery’s honor and sharing their fall schedule.

Rilla of Ingleside
Rilla of Ingleside

Republished with Permission of the L.M. Montgomery Society of Ontario.

Dear friends and supporters of the LMMSO,

We’ve got a busy fall ahead!
October 29 is our annual Lucy Maud Montgomery Day, celebrating poetry in honour of the 100th anniversary of The Watchman and Other Poems. You can find the day’s agenda and the registration form at our Calendar of Events: http://lucymaudmontgomery.ca/calendar-of-events/
Members, please join us for our annual general meeting, November 2 at 5:30 at the Historic Leaskdale Church. We’d invite all our supporters to consider becoming actively involved with our volunteer organizing committee – a variety of jobs are available, with a great group of people. Please respond to this message if you’d like to find out more.
Our Maud’s Favourite Things Gift Show and Sale is Friday & Saturday, November 11 &12. We’re still looking for vendors, and it will be a big year as the site is also on the Rotary Christmas Home Tour on the 12th!
Finally, please join us for our community Christmas concert (November 26) and service (December 11).
We thank you for your support, and hope we’ll see you at some of these great events.
The Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario

The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village

Have you heard of The Henry Ford? If not you should.

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Colonial Williamsburg – The Henry Ford of the East Coast

All the while I was growing up I heard about Colonial Williamsburg. I saw it on morning news shows, children’s shows would have special episodes set there, and the Bobbsey Twins even set a mystery there (The Red, White, and Blue Mystery – seriously read it before you go. I read about everything I could get my hands on before I finally got to visit Colonial Williamsburg and this did a better job of preparing me for my visit then any of the handbooks and travel guides I read.)[NOTE: Last time I said so, I was encouraged to read the newest one for children and the newest one for adults. I’ve bought them, but haven’t read them yet.-  2016]

Shhhhh! You Never Hear About The Henry Ford

On the other hand, I don’t think I had more than a…

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