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Best New Picture Books


24  Picture Books
From a heartwarming story about finding the courage to make a friend, to an exuberantly colorful Lucy Cousins book, to a Newbery Medalist and Caldecott Medalist collaboration, to a story about courage and cultural legacy, our selection of best new picture books that release during March, will give you plenty of outstanding reading material! This is a star-studded lineup of children’s picture book authors and illustrators; including R.J. Palacio, Helen Oxenbury, Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen, and Peter H. Rynolds … just to name a few! How will you choose which one to read first?

Bird, Balloon, Bear
Written and Illustrated by Il Sung Na
Publisher’s Synopsis: A fresh and heartwarming new story from Il Sung Na about finding the courage to make a friend.

Bird is new to the forest, and he’s looking for a friend. Bear could use a friend, too.
But Bird is too shy to introduce himself. Just as he musters the courage to say hello . . . it’s too late! Bear has already found a friend: a bright, shiny red balloon.
Has Bird missed his chance?
From the acclaimed Il Sung Na comes a charming and beautifully illustrated story about courage, kindness, and friendship.

Anywhere Farm
Written by Phyllis Root
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Publisher’s Synopsis: For any anywhere farm, here’s all that you need: soil and sunshine, some water, a seed.
You might think a farm means fields, tractors, and a barnyard full of animals. But you can plant a farm anywhere you like! A box or a bucket, a boot or a pan — almost anything can be turned into a home for green, growing things. Windows, balconies, and front steps all make wonderful spots to start. Who knows what plants you may choose to grow and who will come to see your new garden? Phyllis Root delivers a modern rhyming mantra for anyone hoping to put their green thumbs to good use, while G. Brian Karas’s cheerful urban illustrations sprout from every page. After all, anywhere can be a farm — all it takes is one small seed and someone to plant it.
Ages 2-5 | Publisher: Candlewick | March 14, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-0763674991

Bee & Me
Illustrated by Alison Jay
Publisher’s Synopsis: A beautiful wordless picture book brings a personal note to the plight of the honeybee and offers a message of hope.
A little girl befriends a bee that takes her on a journey of discovery, revealing an action that every child can take to aid in conservation. In a wordless story told through enchanting illustrations, Bee & Me tells a tale of friendship and offers an introduction to the ecology of the natural world. Alison Jay’s original artwork brings the story gently to life, pointing out the sadness of a world without bees. An afterword makes clear to readers the important role these endangered insects play.
Ages 2-5 | Publisher: Candlewick | March 14, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-0763690106

Hooray for Birds!
Written and Illustrated by Lucy Cousins
Publisher’s Synopsis: In an exuberant display of color, Lucy Cousins invites little ones to imagine themselves as brilliant birds.
Birds of all feathers flock together in a fun, rhyme-filled offering by the creator of Maisy. From the rooster’s “cock-a-doodle-doo” at dawn to the owl’s nighttime “tuwit, tuwoo,” the cheeps and tweets of many bright and beautiful avian friends will have children eager to join in as honorary fledglings. This day in the life of birds will hold the attention of even the smallest bird-watchers, whether at storytime or just before settling into their cozy nests to sleep.
Ages 2-5 | Publisher: Candlewick | March 28, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-0763692650

Shake a Leg, Egg!
Written and Illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
Publisher’s Synopsis: From celebrated author-illustrator Kurt Cyrus comes a playful and whimsical picture book that celebrates the excitement and anticipation of a soon-to-be-born baby.
It’s springtime, and the pond is bursting with new life. There are beaver pups, heron hatchlings, and lots and lots of ducklings. Everyone is out and about, swimming, flapping, chirping, and quacking—except for one family of geese. When, oh when, will their last little one break on out and join the waiting world?
Ages 2-8 | Publisher: Beach Lane Books | March 14, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1481458481

A Day with Dogs
Written and Illustrated by Dorothée de Monfreid
Publisher’s Synopsis: Gecko Press, founded in 2005, is a New Zealand-based, award-winning independent publisher of curiously good books from around the world. We translate and publish English-language versions of children’s books by some of the world’s best writers and illustrators. We choose books that are excellent in story, illustration, and design, with a strong “heart factor.” Gecko Press aims to encourage children to love to read.

The Fox Wish
Written by Kimiko Aman
Illustrated by Komako Sakai
Publisher’s Synopsis: This charming story follows two children who go looking for their jump rope and discover that a group of foxes have claimed it as an answer to their wish. With beautiful, classic illustrations and lyrical text, here is a subtle, sensitive piece of magic that proves to sisters, brothers, and foxes alike that the trusted familiar often lives right next to the truly extraordinary—if only you have the eyes to see it.

Big Cat, Little Cat
Written and Illustrated by Elisha Cooper
Publisher’s Synopsis: There was a cat
who lived alone.
Until the day
a new cat came . . .
And so a story of friendship begins, following two cats through their days, months, and years until one day, the older cat has to go. And he doesn’t come back.
This is a poignant story, told in measured text and bold black-and-white illustrations about life and the act of moving on.

Time Now to Dream
Written by by Timothy Knapman
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Publisher’s Synopsis: A mysterious forest sound sets a curious girl and her timid younger brother on an evening adventure with an unexpectedly heartwarming outcome.
Alice and Jack are out playing catch when they hear a strange sound coming from the forest. Jack wants to know what it could be, and Alice decides to go find out. “But what if it’s the Wicked Wolf?” Jack asks. “Shhh,” says Alice. “Everything is going to be all right.” As the two go deeper into the woods and get closer to the odd noise, Jack grows more afraid. But Alice reassures him as she guides him along, and together they make a surprising and sweet discovery. Author Timothy Knapman balances the excitement of adventuring into the unknown with the comfort of returning home safe and sound, while Helen Oxenbury’s classically charming illustrations make this a perfect bedtime book to share with little explorers, both the brave ones and those who may need some reassuring that everything is going to be all right.

Wake Up!
Written by Helen Frost
Photographs by Rick Lieder
Publisher’s Synopsis: The world is wide awake — are you? Stunning photos and poetic text usher readers into the early moments of life all around them.
Wake up! Come out and explore all the new creatures being born — just-hatched birds in the trees, tadpoles in the pond, a baby fawn in the woods. In their latest collaboration, poet Helen Frost and photographer Rick Lieder, the creators of Step Gently Out, Sweep Up the Sun, and Among a Thousand Fireflies, invite readers to wake up, open their eyes, and see the awe-inspiring array of new life just outside their door.

To see the full list go to the link above.




The Short Review


About the short review brings you original reviews of new, not-quite-so-new and classic collections and anthologies, written by reviewers many of whom are also short story writers themselves and who love short fiction.
To ensure some measure of objectivity, we ask that none of our reviewers review the work of an author or publisher that they have any connection to (at least at the time of writing the review).
We also try and interview as many of the authors we review as possible. And occasionally we blog about all things short story – and short story collection-related!
Diane Becker
Editor, The Short Review







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Parents of Tweens (9-14) discussion
Resources, Tips, and Lists > Parental Book Reviews


Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love. Goodreads launched in January 2007.




Book Page


About Us
BookPage is a monthly book review publication distributed to 400,000 avid readers through subscribing bookstores and public libraries. Founded in 1988 and located in Nashville, Tennessee, BookPage serves as a broad-based selection guide to the best new books published every month. All of the content from the print edition is posted on each month.
All material on is copyright © 1996-2017 by BookPage and ProMotion, Inc.
Our Mission
Our goal is to connect every book lover with their next great read. BookPage covers all types of books—from literary fiction, history and biography to popular genres like romance and mystery—and our book reviews, author interviews and special features are informative and accessible.






National Public Radio Book Reviews


NPR delivers breaking national and world news. Also top stories from business, politics, health, science, technology, music, arts and culture.

NPR news and program managers from Washington D.C. and around the world come together to discuss major stories of the day, and how to best serve our audience


Commonreads – Penguin Random House


Common Read programs promote literacy, create community, and encourage reflection.
Selecting the right title is only the first step toward making your program a success; publisher support is also essential. Penguin Random House is here to ensure that your program runs smoothly and successfully, and that your needs and requests are handled in a thorough and efficient manner.
This site was designed with three audiences in mind:
First-Year Reading (FYR) is tailored toward common reading at the university/college first year level. To visit the themes and titles associated with FYR, please click here.
Community Reads for Adults engage an entire community in a common reading experience. To visit the themes and titles associated, click here.
Community & School Reads for Children and Young Adults promote literacy and foster a sense of community as a grade, school, town, or city read the same book and participate in discussions and related activities during the school year or for summer reading. The programs require books with big ideas that will engage young readers. For a list of titles and associated themes, click here



NewPages Book Reviews

Source: is news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests, and more.


She shows you how to give a book review. “Year of Yes”

Book Review


secrets-2022087_1920 features detailed book and movie reviews from many different genres of books!


They classify books based on plot, setting, character, and writing style. Therefore, if you know what kind of book you like, you can find other authors who write similar kind of stories.

For example, if you like murder mysteries involving the murder of lawyers on cruise ship in the 1990’s where the investigator loves her Mom but hates cats, you can actually search for a crime story with that kind of plot and main character. If you want a a romance involving a woman who’s in love with a pirate, and maybe also the pirate’s brother and the pirate’s dad, off the coast of Sweden in the 1700’s, you can search specifically for that as well. Just remember when searching that each genre (Literature, Romance, Mystery, etc.) has its own unique search engine, so be sure you’re in the genre you want to do the searching in.




Guardian US

Covering American and international news for an online, global audience.
Our team of US-based journalists is most recently renowned for its Pulitzer Prize-winning revelations based on the disclosures made by whistleblower Edward Snowden

Please email the press office at or call 917 900 4675





BookPage is a monthly book review publication distributed to 400,000 avid readers through subscribing bookstores and public libraries. Founded in 1988 and located in Nashville, Tennessee, BookPage serves as a broad-based selection guide to the best new books published every month. All of the content from the print edition is posted on each month.

Our Mission
Our goal is to connect every book lover with their next great read. BookPage covers all types of books—from literary fiction, history and biography to popular genres like romance and mystery—and our book reviews, author interviews and special features are informative and accessible.






About Funbrain
Since 1997, kids, teachers, librarians, and parents have enthusiastically turned to Funbrain for its free educational games, online books, and comics. Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. Plus, kids can read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amelia Writes Again, and Brewster Rocket.
Teachers and librarians can confidently encourage students to use Funbrain during their free time in class, assured that kids will enjoy an educational, safe online learning experience. Funbrain’s games help students build on what they have learned in class and acquire new skills in reading, math, and problem solving.
Parents can trust Funbrain to deliver a fun and safe experience for even the youngest children.



Teen Reads
The new year is here and Teenreads is ready to make some read-solutions! How many books do you hope to read in 2017?
Check out their list of books at the link above.
One book they suggest is: Life in a Fish Bowl
Storyline: When Jackie discovers that her father has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, her whole world starts to crumble. She can’t imagine how she’ll live without him. Then, in a desperate act to secure his family’s future, Jackie’s father does the unthinkable — he puts his life up for auction on eBay. Jackie can do nothing but watch and wait as an odd assortment of bidders, some with nefarious intentions, drive the price up higher. The fate of her entire family hangs in the balance.



Becky’s Book Reviews


I keep six honest serving-men:
(They taught me all I knew)
Their names are What and Where and When
And How and Why and Who.

From “The Elephant’s Child” by Rudyard Kipling

To promote the love of reading by providing teens, tweens, parents, teachers, librarians, fellow bloggers, and booklovers of all ages, with reviews of books published for children, young adults, and adults.

Where do my books come from?

I receive review copies from some publishers. I also get books from my local library. And then there are books that I’ve bought or received as gifts. For the past six months, I’ve tried to indicate (by label) where each book came from.

When is the site updated? (How often is the site updated?)

I am committed to posting five to six times a week. (Though often I post daily).

How do I choose what to review?

I review every book that I finish. (I am not promising to finish every book I start!) As to what I choose to read at any given time, well, that is subjective. Excepting the few commitments I make for blog tours, I decide what to read and when to read it.

For more on what kinds of books I’m looking to review, see my review policy.

Why did I create Becky’s Book Reviews? Why do I feel compelled to blog?

I love to read. I love to write. I love to discuss. I love helping readers connect with books. I want to help promote reading. I want to introduce books and authors to readers. The site helps me do this. It is also immensely satisfying to blog. It helps me keep track of what I read. It helps me connect with a community of readers.

Who is Becky of Becky’s Book Reviews?

I am a reader, first and foremost. I am a reader who happens to have a background in English literature and library science. I have a BA and MA in English literature from Texas Woman’s University. I have a MLS degree from Texas Woman’s University. My specialization is children’s and young adult literature. This is my calling in life to promote the love of reading, the love of books, to connect books with readers, to encourage lifelong reading habits.  Here at Becky’s Book Reviews. But also at Operation Actually Read Bible.




The Book Man’s Kids Book Reviews “She gives us her book review”




Understanding a book review:


What’s a Book Review?
Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat: a book review is not a book report. A book review is a real form of writing real writers use to write real things about real books that really matter to them. A book report is a made up form of writing, used only in school, that some teachers ask kids to write in order to prove that they have read a particular book. A book report most often involves reciting information from a text and answering someone else’s questions about it. A book review most often involves creating new and original information about a text and answering one’s own questions about it.
Book reviews can contain just about any type of information related to the text, to the reader, or to the world of books and readers in general. Here are some typical things book reviews include:
An interesting lead. Reviewers will often start out their reviews with some kind of catchy phrase that glosses something interesting from the book.

A brief plot summary. Reviewers don’t retell the story. They just give you a quick summary of the plot, rarely more than a paragraph or two.

The reviewer’s favorite part. Assuming the book was enjoyable to the reviewer, it’s always fun to talk about one’s favorite part and what makes it special.

The reviewer’s interpretation of the main idea. This is the one most important thing the writer wants the reader to know. Most reviewers will address this directly because it is often the key to understanding what the book is really all about.

An evaluation. In most book reviews, reviewers will come right out and say whether they think the books is good or not, or what parts were better than others.

A recommendation. Since one of the purposes of writing book reviews is to get other readers to read certain books, book reviewers often end their reviews with a recommendation.




Through the Looking Glass – Children’s Books

Looking Glass Book Reviews easily takes the prize when it comes to design quality of the site. The moment you land on the main page and see the beautiful imagery and fonts, you won’t want to leave.



Spectator UK


The Spectator is a weekly British conservative magazine. It was first published on 6 July 1828, making it the oldest continuously published magazine in the English language. It is currently owned by David and Frederick Barclay who also own The Daily Telegraph newspaper, via Press Holdings. Its principal subject areas are politics and culture. Its editorial outlook is generally supportive of the Conservative Party, although regular contributors include some outside that fold, such as Frank Field, Rod Liddle and Martin Bright. The magazine also contains arts pages on books, music, opera, and film and TV reviews. In late 2008, Spectator Australia was launched. This offers 12 pages of “Unique Australian Content” (including a separate editorial page) in addition to the full UK contents. Summary by Wikipedia





About SparkNotes
Sometimes you don’t understand your teacher, your textbooks make no sense, and you have to read sixteen chapters by tomorrow.
SparkNotes is a resource you can turn to when you’re confuzzled. We help you understand books, write papers, and study for tests. We’re clear and concise, but we never leave out important info.

As SparkNotes editors, our mission is to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork. We are well qualified to lend a hand: we’re graduates of top schools, we have advanced degrees galore, we’ve taught undergraduate and graduate classes, and we’ve edited books on Shakespeare, The Scarlet Letter, and the SAT (and that’s just the S’s!). We work with experts to create books, blogs, quizzes, and flashcards that will help you master hard material.

Our Stuff
At SparkNotes, we give you multiple ways to study: online, on your eReader, and with good old books. Here’s what we offer:
SparkNotes Guides: Our guides contain thorough summaries and insightful critical analyses. We offer more than 500 guides for English literature and Shakespeare, and a vast number of guides for history, math, biology, and other subjects. Our most popular guides now include quick quizzes, so you can test your retention before the test.

No Fear Shakespeare: No Fear Shakespeare provides side-by-side translations of Shakespeare into plain English. No Fear Shakespeare is available online and in book form.
Test Prep: We provide books and online content to prepare you for the SAT, ACT, AP Subject Tests, and GRE.
Flashcards: Our online flashcards will help you study for biology, history, literature, and SAT and ACT vocabulary.
SparkLife: Our blog, SparkLife, will make you LOL. It helps explain school and life with posts about homecoming, lunch, teachers, and procrastinating techniques; thoughtful advice on stupid boy/girlfriends; quizzes and polls; original artwork; and blogs on Twilight, Lord of the Flies, and other popular books.
SparkNotes on Facebook and Twitter: Become a fan of SparkNotes on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We’ll post updates, give you new homework help, and let you know what’s new on SparkLife.
We’re always evolving and creating new content, and we welcome your input and requests!
Plagiarism and Cheating
We’re here to help you learn, not to help you cheat. Our literature guides are meant to be read along with the books they analyze. They are not intended to be copied on tests or papers (aka plagiarized).
Plagiarism is copying the words or the ideas of another person or institution without acknowledging that you got those words or ideas from that source. You can avoid plagiarizing from SparkNotes by citing words and ideas that came from our site or books (to see instructions on how to do that, see How to Cite This SparkNote within each study guide), or by putting your own spin on our ideas. Our hope is that our analyses will help you draw your own conclusions about the work, and craft a unique opinion for tests and papers.







Book Page


BookPage is a monthly book review publication distributed to 400,000 avid readers through subscribing bookstores and public libraries. Founded in 1988 and located in Nashville, Tennessee, BookPage serves as a broad-based selection guide to the best new books published every month. All of the content from the print edition is posted on each month.

Our goal is to connect every book lover with their next great read. BookPage covers all types of books—from literary fiction, history and biography to popular genres like romance and mystery—and our book reviews, author interviews and special features are informative and accessible.



Epic Reads


Epic Reads is a community for teen book lovers. Discover teen books, authors, and join communities to share reading interests.  You can browse by genre.




Common Sense Media


Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today — especially our children’s.  Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.  Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. But parents, teachers, and policymakers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn.  Now more than ever, they need a trusted guide to help them navigate a world where change is the only constant.





Dogo Books


DOGObooks is where kids discover, review and rate books. Our goal is to provide a fun, safe and interactive environment for children to share their reactions, thoughts and opinions about books. All book selections and reviews are moderated prior to being published.



Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly, familiarly known in the book world as PW and “the bible of the book business,” is a weekly news magazine focused on the international book publishing business. It is targeted at publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary agents, authors and the media. It offers feature articles and news on all aspects of the book business, bestsellers lists in a number of categories, and industry statistics, but its best known service is pre-publication book reviews, publishing some 9,000 per year.
The magazine was born in 1872 as The Publishers’ Weekly (the article and the apostrophe were later dropped), a collective catalog where publishers pooled their resources to create one common listing of new books, issued each week. The aim was to keep booksellers and librarians informed of forthcoming titles, but an array of features and articles were added as years went by. The original creator of the magazine, and its first editor, was the German-born Frederick Leypoldt, a passionate bibliographer—so passionate and hard-working that he died prematurely, at the age of 49, in 1884. An early colleague in the enterprise was Richard Rogers Bowker, a literary journalist and also a keen bibliographer, who went on to create the R.R. Bowker Company. Bowker ultimately became the owner of PW, and later began to publish the massive annual Books in Print volumes and assign the International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) given to every published book. Another key player in PW’s history, who joined the magazine in 1918 and was active in it for over 40 years, was Frederic G. Melcher, a polymath who served as secretary of the American Booksellers Association, helped create the National Association of Publishers, and launched such notable book awards as the Newbery and Caldecott Medals for children’s books and the Carey-Thomas Awards for distinguished publishing. He also created Children’s Book Week and was responsible for the early extensive coverage of children’s books that has remained a PW tradition.









Book Browse

The very best books wrap us in their world, giving us a window into the lives of others or a mirror to reflect on ourselves. These are the books you’ll find on BookBrowse.


BookBrowse is an online magazine for booklovers – including reviews, previews, “behind the book” backstories, author interviews, reading guides, and much more.

We believe that exceptional books do more than just tell good stories – they leave you mentally richer than when you started them. BookBrowse seeks out these gems from both established writers and first time authors – novels that whisk you to unfamiliar times and places, thrillers that are more than just ‘page-turners’, and thought-provoking non-fiction that entertains as it informs.

If you’d like to know more about BookBrowse, and how we got started, please click on link above.




High Five Sites


With the world in a seemingly constant state of turmoil, it comes as no surprise that reading is listed as one of the most common hobbies around.  Reading provides us with an escape – an opportunity to put the real world aside and live vicariously through the characters on a printed page.  Historically, mystery, thriller and crime novels have been some of the most popular.  They inspire the imagination by provoking thought and intuition and allow readers to experience in their fantasies what they would (most likely) never want to experience in real life. As with any of art, though, there are really terrible mystery novels out there.  In order to help you avoid these stinkers, we’ve combed the web to find some of the best websites for mystery novel reviews.

If you’re looking for a site with a truly extensive list of mystery reviews, this is an excellent place to start.  The Mystery Reader offers not only a VERY comprehensive collection of reviews, but a special section dedicated to featured works and a variety of author interviews.  If you’re looking for reviews for a specific work, you have the option of searching by sub-genre (crime, thriller, historical, etc.) or by author.





Book Spot

Source: is a free resource center that simplifies the search for the best book-related content on the Web. Featured sites are hand-selected by editors and organized into intuitive categories, such as bestseller lists, genres, book reviews, electronic texts, book news and more.




Kirkus Reviews


Founded in 1933, Kirkus has been an authoritative voice in book discovery for 80 years. Kirkus Reviews magazine gives industry professionals a sneak peek at the most notable books being published weeks before they’re released. Kirkus serves the book reviews to consumers in a weekly email newsletter and on, giving readers unbiased, critical recommendations they can trust.
Kirkus also has a full suite of author services, including Kirkus Indie, a book review service for self-publishers, Kirkus Editorial, book editing services for unpublished and self-published authors, and Kirkus Marketing, services that help authors get discovered by consumers as well as industry influencers, such as publishers, agents and film executives.





Book Review

Plugged In is a Focus on the Family publication designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which they live. Through our reviews, articles and discussions, we hope to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”

Each month, Plugged In is visited more than 1 million times by people looking for detailed information about what’s really in popular movies, videos, television episodes, songs and games. Entertainment industry ratings only tell you so much. We go deeper, diving into specific content and the meaning behind it. Our award-winning website also offers news and blogs.

Plugged In mobile apps (for iPhones and Androids) offer instant, on-the-go access to our movie reviews, game reviews, music reviews and TV reviews. On those apps, and on our site, you’ll find that some of our written reviews are accompanied by audio and/or video reviews. If you’re as interested in sharing your own opinion as in hearing ours, check out the PI Blog, our Facebook page or our Twitter feed. By subscribing to our weekly eNewsletter, you’ll get quick access to brand-new articles, reviews and Culture Clips.

The Plugged In team also creates a 60-second radio feature where each weekday they focus on a different big-deal entertainment area—movies, videos, music, TV, and games and apps. These are designed to help parents process what is available for families today, ensuring that you’re equipped to deal with everything contemporary culture throws at you. Approximately 8 million people weekly hear at least one of these as they tune in to (primarily) Christian radio stations. Not only do more than 900 stations/outlets currently carry this feature in the U.S., stations in about a dozen other countries do so as well. (To watch video versions, subscribe to our YouTube channel.)
Called Conectados in Spanish, Plugged In (in conjunction with our associates in Focus on the Family’s Costa Rica office) provides translated versions of most of our movie reviews. And a Spanish version of the Plugged In Movie Review is available in some Spanish-language radio markets.








NPR Book


Summary judgment on books of note, from NPR personalities, independent booksellers and critics from across the public-radio spectrum.



Book Reporter


The Book Report Network aims to solve these reader dilemmas, with thoughtful book reviews, compelling features, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the hottest new releases, contests and more every week. We hope you’ll visit our websites and discover why since 1996 the Book Report Network has been the best place online to talk about your last great read — and find your next one.



DOGO Books

Books review by kids for kids


DOGObooks is where kids discover, review and rate books. Our goal is to provide a fun, safe and interactive environment for children to share their reactions, thoughts and opinions about books. All book selections and reviews are moderated prior to being published.


The Children’s Book Review


Resource devoted to Children’s Literature.




Kidz Vuz


KidzVuz is company all about letting kids have their say.  And KVTV is our  Kid Influencer network for kids age 7-12.  It’s the ONLY online online kid network exclusively dedicated to letting tweens have their say and share their views about the stuff they love.

Being a part of KVTV is like hanging out with a bunch of friends who like to talk about the same things you do. Which games are best, what shows to watch, when you should spend your own money…and when you are completely obsessed with something (or someone!) KVTV is the place for kids who want to share their opinions and hear what other tweens have to say – without grown-ups telling them what they’re supposed to think.

Anyone can watch reviews on Kidzvuz.  But Kids who leave reviews on the site are called our KVTV Star Reviewers.  So how do you get to be one of those? Click here.




Teaching Books

Source: is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children’s and young adult books. Our online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities.




Through the Looking Glass Book Reviews


Looking Glass Book Reviews easily takes the prize when it comes to design quality of the site. The moment you land on the main page and see the beautiful imagery and fonts, you won’t want to leave.

Welcome to Through the Looking Glass Book Review

We are delighted to have you as our guest and hope you will enjoy the reviews, features, profiles, and the other information that we have gathered for you. We hope you find this issue interesting, entertaining, and informative.

Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Review has been in operation since October of 2003. Our goal is to provide parents, teachers, and others with a tool to help them find truly exceptional books for the young people in their lives. We do not sell books, we just review them, and we only review the books we like, so our reviews are always positive ones. Over time TTLG has expanded this fundamental goal to include doing what we can to review books published by small houses, to publicize organizations who work for children, and to publicize the work of new authors and illustrators.





New York Times Book Review


The New York Times Book Review is a weekly paper-magazine  supplement to The New York Times in which current non-fiction and fiction books are reviewed. It is one of the most influential and widely read book review publications in the industry. The offices are located near Times Square in New York City.

Each year, around the beginning of December, a “100 Notable Books of the Year” list is published. It contains fiction and non-fiction titles of books previously reviewed, 50 of each. From the list of 100, 10 books are awarded the “Best Books of the Year” title, five each of fiction and non-fiction. Other year-end lists include the Best Illustrated Children’s Books, in which 10 books are chosen by a panel of judges. Source: Wikipedia





BookBrowse is an online magazine for booklovers – including reviews, previews, “behind the book” backstories, author interviews, reading guides, and much more.

We believe that exceptional books do more than just tell good stories – they leave you mentally richer than when you started them. BookBrowse seeks out these gems from both established writers and first time authors – novels that whisk you to unfamiliar times and places, thrillers that are more than just ‘page-turners’, and thought-provoking non-fiction that entertains as it informs.



Tips for writing book reviews

Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you’ve read. Whether you’ve loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. If you’re stuck on what to say in a review, it can help to imagine you’re talking to someone who’s asking you whether they should read the book.

Author Luisa Playa gives her top tips for writing reviews:

1) Start with a couple of sentences describing what the book is about

But without giving any spoilers or revealing plot twists. As a general rule, try to avoid writing in detail about anything that happens from about the middle of the book onwards. If the book is part of a series, it can be useful to mention this, and whether you think you’d need to have read other books in the series to enjoy this one.

2) Discuss what you particularly liked about the book

 Focus on your thoughts and feelings about the story and the way it was told. You could try answering a couple of the following questions:

Who was your favourite character, and why?

  • Did the characters feel real to you?
  • Did the story keep you guessing?
  • What was your favourite part of the book, and why?
  • Were certain types of scene written particularly well – for example sad scenes, tense scenes, mysterious ones…?
  • Did the book make you laugh or cry?
  • Did the story grip you and keep you turning the pages?

3) Mention anything you disliked about the book

Talk about why you think it didn’t work for you. For example:

Did you wish the ending hadn’t been a cliffhanger because you found it frustrating?

  • Did you find it difficult to care about a main character, and could you work out why?
  • Was the story too scary for your liking, or focused on a theme you didn’t find interesting?

4) Round up your review

Summarise some of your thoughts on the book by suggesting the type of reader you’d recommend the book to. For example: younger readers, older readers, fans of relationship drama/mystery stories/comedy. Are there any books or series you would compare it to?


5) You can give the book a rating, for example a mark out of five or ten, if you like





Poem by: David Harris

When memories invade your thoughts,
in the quiet moments,
with laughter, tears, fears and pain.
Of promises we made so long ago,
and that were never kept,
of friends we had, now gone,
and dreams that were now lost in time,
of the pedestals on which we sat,
like some uncrowned king,
in the kingdoms of our own blindness,
or of the strangers like passing shadows
that disappear into nights black gown.
We are but mortals, in search of immortality.
We know not what lies behind the last door,
only of our struggles, we relive repeatedly,
with hope that will give us comfort
in the abyss of sleep.






Teen Book Reviews

Teen Ink

Who they are: Teen Ink’s collection of book reviews, all written by teenagers. Read what teenagers think of the latest fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and inspirational books.  To read more go to the website below to see the #1 book this week.



New York Times

Source: Best Sellers, Children Books, Book Reviews and much more

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Example: Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Explores the Power of Time

J. K. Rowling’s magical seven-volume Harry Potter series is the ultimate bildungsroman, tracing that young wizard’s coming of age, as he not only battles evil but also struggles to come to terms with the responsibilities, losses and burdens of adulthood. In the course of those books, we see a plucky schoolboy, torn by adolescent doubts and confusions, grow into an epic hero, kin to King Arthur, Luke Skywalker and Spider-Man.

Now, in a play set 19 years later, we get to see how this legendary hero has settled into middle age as a civil servant in London, working at the Ministry of Magic. More important, we get to see Harry as a father — and his teenage son Albus’s efforts to cope with the suffocating expectations that come with having a famous father. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is about the journey Albus takes while growing up, and the roles he and his best friend, Scorpius (Draco Malfoy’s son), play when dark forces, perhaps in league with Voldemort, once again threaten the fate of the planet.  To read more go to


Book Adventure

Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child
to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read
them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read,
and earn prizes for their reading success. Start your
reading adventure below!
Watch a video or explore the site

Finding the perfect book to read is easy! Let Sherlock Bailey help you search through the nearly 8,000 books on Book Adventure – search by title, author last name, or ISBN, or select your current grade, reading level, and subjects that interest you. No matter which way you choose to search, pick a great book and start your reading adventure today!


Book:   “What Do You Do With a Problem?”

5 Stars

Book Review Publishers Weekly

Yamada and Besom follow What Do You Do with an Idea? with the story of a boy plagued by a problem, which Besom imagines as a violet cloud hanging over the boy’s head: “I didn’t want it. I didn’t ask for it. I really didn’t like having a problem, but it was there.” The boy wanders through a medievalesque town, accompanied by sleek, silvery flying fish that dart about like swallows. Soon the cloud grows into a storm: “The more I avoided my problem, the more I saw it everywhere.” At last the boy has an epiphany: armed with goggles, his hair thrown back by the force of the storm’s energy, he reaches into the heart of the cloud and finds light: “I discovered it had something beautiful inside. My problem held an opportunity!” Though some younger readers may find the story overly vague—it’s easy to imagine questions like “What is his problem?” and “What is he talking about?” popping up—Yamada’s inspirational prose and the romance of Besom’s spreads make an impact.


Childrens Book Artist supports Children’s Illustrators and Writers by providing a central place to find professional Children’s Book Creators.


Illustrator: Sheila Bailey

To find a list of children book artist click on the link above.  You will find a list of artist and there works.


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