StoryTime: eliciting preferences from children for book recommendations

Ashlee Milton, Michael Green, Adam Keener, Joshua Ames, Michael D Ekstrand, Maria Soledad Pera. 2019. “StoryTime: eliciting preferences from children for book recommendations”. In Proceedings of the 13th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2019 Demo Proceedings).


We present StoryTime, a book recommender for children. Our webbased recommender is co-designed with children and uses images to elicit their preferences. By building on existing solutions related to both visual interfaces and book recommendation strategies for children, StoryTime can generate suggestions without historical data or adult guidance. We discuss the benefts of StoryTime as a starting point for further research exploring the cold start problem, incorporating historical data, and needs related to children as a complex audience to enhance the recommendation process.