Blog Profiles: Children’s Book Review Blogs
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The school year is coming to an end and summer is knocking at the door. Keeping the kids entertained in the summer can be challenging. There are plenty of activities, but somehow, “I’m bored,” still gets thrown around often. My solution is having plenty of books around to offer them when they get restless.
Today, I’m focusing on blogs dedicated to books for kids.
Dedicated to board books, Readertotz reviews the best books for babies and tots. Their mission, “raising the profile and quality of infant/toddler books,” to instill an early love of reading.
Our family loves to read about Pete the Cat, but I had no idea that there were also board books available until it was featured on Readertotz. Poetry books like Sweep Up the Sun and Among a Thousand Fireflies are also featured. With a wide selection of review board books, it would be hard to not find one to share.
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Playing by the Book is written by a mum of two young children who, “really love words and we really love to make stuff.”
The simple design and search features of this blog make it easy to find books by subject and author that were reviewed. And, Playing by the Book has interviews with authors. I enjoyed An interview with Andy Seed and Thoughts on Great Kids’ Non-Fiction and his thoughts on why non-fiction books aren’t as popular as they should be in the UK.
My kids happen to love science and I love lists so I found her list of The 6 Best Science Books for Kids in 2016 the perfect quick resource.
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7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast reviews illustrated children’s books with adults in mind. It was started in Aug. 2006 by two best friends. Although one left to advance her career, Jules continued and has kept 7-Imp, as it’s nicknamed, going strong.
There is nothing worse than a wonderful children’s story with terrible illustrations, but you won’t find any of those here. In Harold’s Hungry Eyes, Jules shares a little on how the illustrations were created and A Peek into Denise Fleming’s Studio shares images created by the illustrator of Maggie and Michael Get Dressed.
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And last but not least, an actual kid who reviews books!
This Kid Reviews Books is written by 14-year-old Erik. Erik’s blog started when a kid recommended a book for him while shopping with his grandmother. He figured that if he needed help, other kids may need it, too. And, ‘This Kid’ also wrote a book!
I appreciate that this blog is organized by age. Since he has been reviewing books on his blog since he was nine, I feel like we can find age appropriate books that may even correspond to a time when he was that age. I’m partial to picture books and enjoy his Perfect Picture Book Friday series.
With the presidential election getting closer, questions about politics are coming up daily from the ankle biters. Erik’s Review! The Art of the Possible by Edward Keenan convinced me that it would be the perfect book to help answer their questions.
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