Note from Steve Barancik:
For a long time, this site only had the few children's book reviews I'd found time to write...
Then I put out word that the site was looking for a book reviewer. And then the perfect one walked in the (virtual) door.
And then in walked a second. And a third. Suddenly I'm swimming in children's book reviews!
These people don't just meet my highest expectations; they exceed them. I think you'll agree when you read their work.
P.J. has a special interest in books that promote emotional and intellectual intelligence and awareness. And by the way: P.J. only reviews books that she recommends!
Her kids' books specialty is younger children, but she also brings us a love of elementary books, especially biographies, history, mysteries, and Christian, as well as science and nature. You'll almost sense the children gathered on the floor around her feet as you read her children's book reviews!
Read Suzanne Holland's bio.
When reading her children's book reviews, know that she prefers books that encourage good values and behavior. Sarah also does a fair amount of writing for herself. Ask her about her 60 page paper on Beowulf!
Read Sarah Denslow's bio.
Tassa loves books with great illustrations. She calls herself "biased towards books that promote positive healthy relationships, empathy and respect for oneself, others and the environment." That's a bias we can endorse! And she finds nothing more depressing than libraries filled only with books about the ABCs and 123s.
Read Emily's bio.
Emily Rose teaches children's lit to future teachers. She likes books that treat children as critical thinkers and don't insult their intelligence. For us, she plans to specialize in books by Latino writers and illustrators.
Read Emily's bio.
Read Anita Lock's bio.
Sabine has traveled the world, and we couldn't be more flattered that when she wanted to share her opinions about children's books with the world, she chose to do so with us!
Read Sabine Algur's bio.
A new writer, she's taken a course in writing for children and sold her first article. Sell a child on reading, she believes wholeheartedly, and you'll have created a reader for life.
Read Karen Talley's bio.
Ramona has a degree in Creative Writing and credits her parents with her love of books and reading.
Read Ramona Davis's bio.
Cathy thinks we here in the states spell kind of funny.
Read Cathy Friend's bio.
Natasha Withers (NW) is an only child whose mom knew to load her up with books books books to help fill the time! As a college student, Natasha rediscovered her love of children's books (and creative writing). She's working on her own book series, and she does everything she can to keep her younger cousins as excited about reading as she is.
Read Natasha Withers' bio.
An author herself, Jane specializes in UK children's book reviews and Christian children's books as well.
Read Jane Finch's bio.
Known for her essays and poetry, Suzanne Edison (SEE) now treats us to her children's book reviews. With backgrounds in psychotherapy and education, Suzanne aims to focus on poetry for children of all ages, nature, graphic fiction/non-fiction, non-religious spirituality, adoption, and anti-bias.
Read Suzanne Edison's bio.
Monica Friedman (MF) is a born writer, with the credits, the MFA, and the scarring to prove it. She's also got a tremendous sense of humor.
Read Monica Friedman's bio.
Kristin Peck (KP)
Kristin is a mom of two with a bachelor's degree in English Lit. (Emphasis on Fiction Writing.)She also has an interest in poetry and has published her own YA Fantasy/Science fiction book.
Whatever she's reading to her kids, you'll probably hear about it here! She loves Seuss, Silverstein, Cleary and Veggie Tales.
Read Kristin Peck's bio.
Isabella Thompson (IT) is a former homeschooling mother of four avid readers and holds high standards for the books she lets into her life. She "relish[es] books with love and compassion as the main theme and those that portray characters living true to themselves and influencing others to do likewise."
Read Isabella Thompson's bio.
Sherri Trudgian (ST) is a mother, grandmother and the author of the Psalms for Kidz series.
Sherri knows kids are "giant sponges," and she wants to make sure they soak up the good stuff. She reviews both secular and Christian children's books.
Read Sherri Trudgian's bio.
Blessed with a great sense of humor, she reviews from a parent's perspective - a parent who knows the kids always win. Her love of children's literature and her desire to write them mean we'll probably be reviewing her books before too long.
Read Tamara Splingaerd's bio.
Read Susan Syddall's bio.
Read Rosalyne Bowmile's bio.
Steve believes that there's no better predictor of a child's future success than the degree of that child's interest in reading. That's why this site is devoted to helping parents keep their children interested!
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How we bring you the best children's book reviews
Each children's book review you read on the site contains links to Amazon.com. When you buy a book through that link, our terrific reviewers make a little money, and you don't pay a penny more than you would have if you had surfed to Amazon directly.
Of course, we're big fans of libraries too. No matter where you live, we recommend WorldCat.org for finding books at the library nearest you.
Finally, did you ever think a children's book might help your child overcome a problem behavior? It can. Learn more about my Child Behavior eBooks.
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