Review Requests

Now Accepting Books for Spring and Summer 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. Accept F&G, ARC, Digital  for Chapter  and Middle Grade Books (nothing image-dependent!  

*Non-Traditional Publishers please read Section 2.

IN A HURRY? Check out Section 3.

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TRADITIONAL PUBLISHERS* and PUBLICISTS

Please click HERE for information regarding sending a book(s) for review. Send a Press Release, Digital Book Cover (.jpg or .png), and 1 0 2 internal spreads for BB, CP,  PB, GN, and 1 or 2 pages with illustration for other books. Use the FIFO system, first to arrive, first out. Try to review 1 week prior through 1 month after publication date. If have a special need, please ask.

Books with illustrations:  I would like to show 1 or 2 spreads or pages with image 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 only your own books. Requests sent to wrong email box are deleted.

1.  PREFER PHYSICAL COPIES for IMAGE-INTENSIVE BOOKS: BOARD, PICTURE, AND GRAPHIC NOVELS. (Mailing Address given when book is accepted.)

DIGITAL BOOKS ACCEPTED FOR NON-ILLUSTRATED BOOKS:  Middle Grade Novels and some Chapter books.

2. RELEASE DATE:  published no later than one year from this year. For 2019: books must have been released in 2019 or 2018. Exceptions on request/time permitting.

3.  Your Book MUST have: 

ISBN number (or Amazon ID# if Indie publishing)
Clear Credit Page
Title Page–Including Illustrator’s Name, if illustrated  (Both names belong on the cover of picture books.)

4. Books with illustrations:  I would like use 1 or 2 full-spreads or individual images (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 you, use name you publish under)
ISBN Number, preferred (or Amazon ID if Indie book)
Date of Publication
Write a 2 or 3 sentence story summary (ONLY; no run-on sentences, please).  More concise, the better. Please don’t leave this out.

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

(NO Amazon,  iTunes/ Books, or similar link 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.)

  1. Your presence is welcome and preferred when your review posts and for a few weeks later. Readers love to read comments from authors and illustrators, especially when as a reply to a reader’s comment. Just check in once or twice a day, every other day. Doing so will help your author reputation, word-of-mouth, and  . . . hm . . . sales.

CONTACT FORM TO REQUEST REVIEW. (If not working, please let me know using contact@kid-lit-reviews.com — not a review request inbox. Those will be deleted, if contact not down.)

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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 (word-play, punctuation, spelling, grammar, plot-building, interplay between writing and illustrating (PB), 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 (receive more books than time and try to publish better books)). 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. 

And I give them away on Halloween, instead of candy (kids–and parents–like it! (I was happy to learn.)

  •  Reviews are COPYRIGHT PROTECTED and full review may not be posted or reprinted without the written consent of Kid Lit Reviews.
  • Quotes may be posted with proper attribution–“Kid Lit Reviews; 2019” (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.  F&Gs and Digital Books are never, ever given out.

Books & Merchandise:    Become the property of KLR and used accordingly.  Signed books are discouraged. I’ve been told signed books tend to get easily “get lost” in library’s and schools . 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.  I


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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