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Why Kids Should Become Book Reviewers

One of my favorite things to do as the managing editor of Reader Views is to match our authors’ titles with one of our reviewers when processing publicity packages. Being an author, I understand how terrifying it can be to have your book reviewed, so I always make sure each title gets the best chance by making sure the reviewer is the appropriate one for the title. Having a reviewer within the target market and genre of the title is very important to give the most honest and professional review possible. But, my commitment to professionalism and honesty does not go only to the authors; it is also for the readers!

Reviews must help readers decide whether a title is for them or not. It because of our dedication to readers, we decided many years ago that kids should review children’s books, and thus was born. We created the Reader Views Kids website to cater to young readers who love to read, and value other kids’ opinions about the books they want to read. Through this, we discovered that we were not only serving the authors and readers but the reviewers as well! There are many benefits for the kid reviewer. To list a few…

·         They learn better reading skills

·         They learn better writing skills

·         They learn how to form their own opinions about other people’s writing

·         They learn how to communicate their opinions

·         They learn how to provide constructive criticism

In all, becoming a reviewer helps kids become assertive, self-confident, and well-adjusted critical thinkers who are not afraid to be themselves. For more information on how to become a kid reviewer (from preschool to young adult) click here. 

To check out some of our kids' reviews visit


Susan Violante is the Managing Editor of Reader Views, a book review and author publicity service where avid readers can find reviews of recently published books as well as read interviews with authors.  She is also Managing Editor of First Chapter Plus, an online e-Catalog that introduces books to Libraries, Bookstores, Media, Reviewers, Bloggers and Readers.

Susan published her first book : Innocent War: Behind An Immigrant's Past - Book 1 in 2009, and released her revised edition in 2011.  Her sequel to Innocent War, Emerging from the Rubble is scheduled to be published later this year. Tuma: The Tribe's Little Princess was published in 2014 under her own label, I Have Something To Say Press.

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