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
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
UPDATED November 9 2018: I’m adding this new resource from Jenny Goulden, Youth Specialist Urbandale Public Library
“KidsBookSeries.com. While the website’s appearance is a bit dated, its content is fine. Most importantly, the advanced search lets you find books that meet reading level requirements but focus on genre and reader’s age. It can recommend based on Lexile, Accelerated Reader, Guided Reading Level (GRL or F& P), Developmental Reading Assesment (DRA), or any combination in one place. It really helps you look for books that will interest them–not just fit the system. It also pulls series as a whole, then breaks down book by book what the levels are.”
Young Adult Books –
Bettendorf Public Library
Other Related Sites
What should I read Next?
New York Times Bestseller List
This website has provided up to date lists of the NYT bestseller list for years. It is free and runs on donations. Despite the outdated look of the design of the site, it can be very useful. [Added October 3 2017]
This site was recommended on IowaLib and is a hub of finding lists of diverse books. I haven’t had a chance to look it over much myself, but take a look and let me know what you think. [Added November 26 2016]
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.
For Iowans Only
Books and Authors
On July 1, 2017 the State Library of Iowa’s database contract for a neogiated lower price for libraries across the state switched from EBSCO to Gale. As part of their package is a reader’s advisory database called Books and Authors. It is accessed via subscription by your local library. Not all libraries will have it available, but many Iowa libraries will – please ask. If you do not live in Iowa ask anyway because your library may have subscribed through your state’s package or on their own. The link you use will depend on what library you are getting it through.
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.
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