NOT YET FINISHED. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK—In Process of ReWriting.
Kid Lit Reviews is run by Suzanne Morris. Sue holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Capital University in Central Ohio. Sue . . . HOLD IT! If there is one thing I do not like, it is talking about myself as if I were not there. Called third person, this type of writing, or speaking, occurs when that part of your brain that feels neglected, and tired from trying to gain your attention, takes control. Yes, I have one of those, but I no longer allow it to control my life. I can ruin it on my own, thank you very much.
Hi! I am Sue Morris and I started Kid Lit Reviews when I realized how many reviews I was putting on other people’s websites. I wanted to own my own words. While I still post my reviews on those same websites, I now post the review here first.
Who am I?
Here are the basics.
- Associate degree from The University of Toledo, in juvenile criminology,
- Bachelors degree from Capital University, in social work,
- Graduate school at The Ohio State University, in social work,
- Study at The Institute of Children’s Literature, writing for children and teens. (Graduation very near)
I have worked with all sorts of kids. My first adult job was at Sunshine Children’s Home. This is a place for children stricken with mental retardation, some also with physical disabilities as well. I loved that job. I moved to Columbus to go to school. I worked at another institution for MRDD in Columbus, this time with children and young adults. I coached several teams for a neighborhood elementary school. Mostly girls volleyball and girls fastpitch softball. For a while I took x-rays.
My last volunteer job was with C.A.S.A. Court Appointed Special Advocates speak up for children in court. In cases involving the parents but affect the children, such as divorce, drug abuse, child neglect, abandonment, and abuse, and a myrid of other situations. This gives the child a voice in court and a chance to be heard and have their thoughts and opinions included when a final verdict is rendered.
Why should trust my book reviews?
The most important thing for you to know is why you can trust my reviews.
The simple answer is that I am honest and objective. I try to let nothing interfere with my reviewing a book. I take this seriously, am in it for the long haul, and also write my own stories, though nothing as yet been published.
I have been writing since as long as I can remember. My first official book, titled Bunny Hill, I wrote at age eleven. But alas, Bunny Hill was never published, but it did receive an A+ from my English teacher. After leaving graduate school, and recovering from a perforated large colon, writing became a bigger part of my life. I have taken several online creative writing classes from the Open University, M.I.T., and Stanford University. I will graduate from The Institute of Children’s Literature around the first of the New Year (2013). There I learned to write for children and teens.
How I review.
I read each picture book and those under 200 pages at least twice. The first read is for pleasure. Is the book a fun read, a page-turner, does it hold my attention, and is it something kids will enjoy. The second read is to evaluate the book. Is it a well written book, without typos, or punctuation and grammar errors? I also look at the plot, conflict, characters, dialogue, highs and lows, age appropriateness, readability, and believability. I look at the three major components of a book: beginning, middle, and end. Does each fulfill its purpose? Most importantly, will kids enjoy the story and will parents approve of their child reading the story.
Some of this is simply logic and common sense. Other parts require knowledge of a story’s structure and its parts. Knowing child development and psychology helps at times. The latter two is where education and writing experience matters.
I sincerely hope you enjoy reading everything on Kid Lit Reviews. There are more than reviews here and much more will be added in the future.
If anyone should ever have a question, concern, request, or want to share an opinion, please feel free to contact me. I respond to all emails, usually within 48 hours. I want to hear from you. I want you to enjoy your time here. I want to help you and your children choose books. If I am not doing one or more of these, please let me know. If you know of a better way, please let me know. This is my first blog, so I am learning at every turn.
Please comment. When you comment you are helping the writer and illustrator as much as you help me, and maybe even more. They want your comments on their book and art. Please let them hear your voice.
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