Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover: Exploring Book Traits Children Favor

Ashlee Milton, Levesson Batista, Garrett Allen, Siqi Gao, Yiu-Kai D Ng, and Maria Soledad Pera. 2020. “‘Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover’: Exploring Book Traits Children Favor”. Short paper in Proceedings of the Fourteenth ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys ’20). ACM, 6 pp. DOI:10.1145/3383313.3418490.


We present the preliminary exploration we conducted to identify traits that can influence children’s preferences in books. Findings offer insights for the design of recommender algorithms that would look beyond patterns inferred from traditional user-system interactions (e.g., ratings) for recommendation purposes, since when it comes to children such data is rarely, if at all, available.