Do you have a young, voracious reader in your family? When I was younger, I wasn’t allowed to read a book unless my mom had read it first to check the content. But it can become frustrating to find appropriate ebooks for kids who read a lot.
Well, Book Cave can help! With our content ratings, you always know what you’re getting when you buy an ebook for your child or sibling.
How do ebook ratings on Book Cave work?
Ebooks on our site are rated in 7 different categories: crude humor; drug, alcohol, and tobacco use; kissing; profanity; nudity; sex and intimacy; and violence and horror. Each category is given an individual rating, and the highest rating becomes the book’s overall rating.
Each book rating will let you know exactly why it was rated that way, so you know what you’re getting.
You can read more about how our rating system works in our blog post here.
What ratings do I want to ensure I buy appropriate ebooks for kids?
If you’re looking for appropriate ebooks for kids, we recommend signing up for the following content ratings on Book Cave:
Age — Rating
0 and up — All Ages
8 and up — Mild
10 and up — Mild+
14 and up — Moderate
16 and up — Moderate+
These are just recommendations, so you are of course welcome to make your own assessment. You can refer to the chart below to see just what each content description and the rating associated with it means in each category. In fact, below is what the author or publisher sees and needs to choose from before they submit a book for our approval. Please note that My Book Cave does not promote books with the Adult+ rating (as listed below), but authors, publishers, and readers do list them on our sister site My Book Ratings, which is a database for all books. (Feel free to submit a book rating there for any book you've read!)
All Ages: None or minimal (appropriate for young children)
Mild: Mild, fart jokes or similar
Moderate: Moderate, appropriate for teens
Adult: Graphic, extensive, and continuous
Drug, Alcohol, & Tobacco Use
All Ages: None or small mention of use by adults only
Mild: Mild use by adults only
Mild+: Average use by adults and/or mild use by minors in a negative light
Moderate: Moderate use by adults and/or some use by minors
Moderate+: Significant use by adults and/or minors
Adult: Extensive substance abuse
All Ages: None or quick peck
Mild: Mild, no tongue/not more than a few paragraphs per kiss
Mild+: Passionate (with tongue or more than a few paragraphs for each kiss)
All Ages: No swearing or use of deity as a swear (dang, darn, etc. are okay)
Mild+: 5 mild or fewer (no f-bombs or deity swears like “Oh, my God”)
Moderate: 40 or fewer (no f-bombs)
Moderate+: 41 to 100 (or contains f-bomb)
Adult: 101 to 200
Adult: 201 to 500
Nudity (Descriptions of)
All Ages: None
Mild+: Brief (non-sexual)
Moderate+: Some nudity
Sex and Intimacy
All Ages: No sex, sexual intimacy, or talking about sex
Mild+: No sex or implied sex except mild/brief references not seductive in nature
Moderate: Non-graphic discussion or references, can be seductive in nature (no details of touching or naming of intimate body parts)
Moderate: Implied or closed-door or fade-out intimacy (clothes on/no consummation/details/naming of intimate body parts before doors close/scene ends); may also contain the above non-graphic references to intimacy
Moderate+: Fade-out intimacy with mild details (taking off clothes, brief mention of petting/breasts/erection/excitement) but NO onscreen consummation before scene ends and/or significant sexual conversation that may or may not contain similar details
Adult: 1-3 non-graphic onscreen sex scenes or intimacy/petting that doesn't fit better on previous or subsequent level; may contain additional closed-door implied scenes
Adult: 1-3 detailed onscreen sex scenes or intimacy scenes (not erotica); may also contain additional closed-door scenes
Adult+: More than 3 detailed sex scenes or erotica
Adult+: Simultaneous multipartner or BDSM
Violence & Horror
All Ages: None, minimal, or cartoonish, no real injuries/blood (appropriate for young children)
Mild: Mild (nonsexual), with some injuries/blood, dealt with in a few pages, mild fear, no murders/death (okay for preteens)
Mild+: Mild that is sexual or more than a few pages, some death (more tense than previous level but no onscreen murders or graphic descriptions)
Moderate: Moderate (significant descriptions of fighting, battles, etc./not overly graphic, appropriate for most teens)
Adult: Graphic and/or gruesome and/or extended (multiple graphic murders)
Adult+: Extensive, gruesome, and depraved
We hope this post has helped you in your quest to find appropriate ebooks for kids! If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below.
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