Review Request

Now Accepting Books for Winter 2019 and Spring 2020

Not a publisher? Want a review? Have your Publisher Contact KLR or read Section 2 below.

KLR ACCEPTS ONLY CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR AGE 0—14.  No young adult or adult. Please NO DIGITAL BOOKS My e-reader hates me. *Non-Traditional Publishers please read Section 2.

IN A HURRY? Check out Section 3.

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Please click HERE for information regarding sending a book(s) for review. Send a Press Release, Digital Book Cover (.jpg or .png), and a Preferred Date for Review to Post. Will publish review as close to requested date.

Important to Note: If no preferred publish date is requested, books will be reviewed as near release date as possible. If you want an earlier or later date, please let me know.

Books with illustrations:  If you would like a full-spread shown with review, please send a digital image (.jpg or .png).

Book Tour Requests:  These are accepted as time permits. Please use contact form above to request KLR’s participation. 

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Non-Publisher Review Requests*

*You are a Non-Publisher IF you are 1) submitting your own work or 2) publishing your own books.


2. RELEASE DATE:  published no later than one year from this year. For 2018: books must release in 2017 or 2018. For reviews published in 2019, release date no earlier than 2018. Exceptions on request/time permitting.

3.  Your Book MUST have: 

ISBN number (no exceptions)
Clear Credit Page
Title Page Including Illustrator’s Name, if illustrated  (Both names belong on the cover.)

4. Books with illustrations:  If you would like to submit a full-spread (picture books) or an individual image (non-PB) to include with review, send digital image by reply email (.jpg or .png).

5. Must Supply a Digital Book Cover of High Quality.  Only .jpg or .png accepted.

6. Using the Contact Form (link below) supply the following:

Book’s Title
Author AND Illustrator (if images used)
Publisher (if self-published, use N/A)
ISBN Number
Date of Release
Request a Review Date (or not)
Write a 2 or 3 sentence story summary. (no longer than 3 sentences). Please don’t leave this out.

Book’s Website (author, illustrator, publisher and/or other link where pages can be seen and read.

(Please do not include Amazon or iTunes/iBooks unless actual story pages can be seen. Two to four spreads (BB and PB) or pages (other genres) is enough. (A little glimpse can help sales.)


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Expedited Review Requests*

In a Hurry? – EXPEDITED REVIEWS (FEE Based), on request. Reviews can take a while to post due to a large number of requests. If you would like to speed up the process, from 7 to 14 days*, an expedited review can be requested. Number per month is limited.

Board Books:  $20 (reviewed within 14 days)  $30 (within 7 days)
Picture Books:  $40 (within 14 days)  $60 (within 7 days)
Chapter Books:  $50 (within 14 days)  $75 (within 7 days)
Middle Grade Books:  $100 (within 14 days) $150 (if more than 350 pages)

*Please Note: Day 1 begins once the book, digital book cover (color), payment, and anything else needed has been received.

VERY IMPORTANT: Expedited reviews will be treated just like any other review. A great review is not guaranteed. The fee means your book will jump to the (near) front of the queue and reviewed within 7 to 14 days, weeks faster than normal. You are NOT buying a review–only a faster turn-around.

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A Few FYI’s

What is a review? At it’s most basic, a review is the opinion of the reviewer.

It should be an honest, non-biased opinion of your book (in my opinion). Not every reviewer will enjoy your book, while many others will sing its praises.

A review can take into account many factors depending on the genre. Such as storytelling, character development, age-appropriateness, writing skill (punctuation, spelling, grammar, plot-building, interplay between writing and illustrating as each tell the story, etc).

Or a review can be an exuberant paragraph–or video–from a child-reviewer (though many kids are writing wonderfully detailed reviews, so don’t skip by these young whippersnappers).

What is NOT a review? A review is NOT a venue in which to attack those connected to the book.

A reviewer might write, for example, “Frequently misspelled words and incorrect punctuation may frustrate young and reluctant readers.” [Stating facts, followed by an opinion.]

A reviewer worth his/her salt should never write, for example, “Congested with spelling and punctuation errors so frequent the story is unreadable. Parents, avoid this book! The author needs to learn how to write before wasting any more trees.”  [Really awful. Not a review. This is an attack on the writer–A HUGE NO-NO!]

KLR  retains the right of refusal.  Submitting a book does not guarantee a review (exception: Expedited Reviews). KLR receives a large number of submissions each season, making it impossible to review every book received. A concerted effort is made to read each book. Most books, reviewed or not, are donated to a child care facility (YMCA, Head Start, New Teachers, Children’s Hospital, etc.), to be enjoyed by children and help then learn to read. 


Reviews are COPYRIGHT PROTECTED and may not be posted or reprinted without the written consent of Kid Lit Reviews.

Quotes may be posted with proper attribution–“Kid Lit Reviews; 2018” (year of review)–and MUST link back to the original post. Thank you.

After all these years, I am still thrilled to find my reviews mentioned in the KidLit World!

ARCs are never sold but might be used as prizes or giveaways.

Books & Merchandise:    Become the property of KLR and used accordingly.  Signed books are discouraged. I’ve been told signed books tend to “get lost” easily. If doing a giveaway on KLR with your review, signed books are welcome and often treasured by readers.

Questions:   Please use the email address you’ll receive in reply to your review request.

I sincerely thank you for allowing me to review your book.  It is an honor I do not take lightly.

Books are received from publishers, authors, illustrators, publicity firms, select sites online (NetGalley, Edelweiss), Toledo Public Library, and my personal library.

Regardless of the source, all reviews are the opinion of the reviewer and are not subject to outside influence of any kind.


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