Select a children’s picture book, easy reader, early chapter book or chapter book and write a professional book review.
A book review is a form of literary criticism in which a book is analyzed based on content, style, illustrations, and merit. Book reviews appear in many professional works: magazines, newspapers, and academic journals. They typically range from 300-500 words and gives the reader a sneak peek at what a book is like, whether or not the reviewer enjoyed it, and a rating of some kind. Librarians value book reviews as part of the selection process. They look for star reviews, items that have been selected based on their literary quality and interest level. They rely on reviews to help determine the subject of a book, reading level, possible popularity, quality, etc. Reviews are also a necessary part of dealing with a book challenge.
Read sample reviews from School Library Journal, BookList, HornBook, VOYA, Kirkus etc.. for ideas/format.