Interested in trying your hand at book reviews? Kathleen T. Horning‘s From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books (Collins/HarperCollins, 2010, revised edition) is a good place to start. Horning shares and defines literary terminology along with many examples from children’s literature. She poses lots of questions for would-be reviewers to consider, helping the reader move from a personal response to a critical approach.
Reviewers of children literature read, reread, take notes, check facts. As Horning asserts, “A good review will briefly describe the contents, scope, and style of a book; critically assess its quality; and suggest its potential audience” (p. 173) That’s a great deal to do within 100 to 400 words.
Do you review children’s books? If so, what resources have helped you?