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Book Reviews

Sources for finding professional reviews on children's and young adult literature. Professional reviews can be helpful tools for evaluating literature.

Two Open-Access Canadian Reviewing Sources

  • CM Magazine -- Canadian Review of Materials "is an electronic reviewing journal which reviews Canadiana of interest to children and young adults, including publications produced in Canada, or published elsewhere but of special interest or significance to Canada." It also contains author profiles.
  • Quill and Quire-- Full text of most reviews is online. If the site is hard to search, simple Google [title] quill and quire.

Find Reviews of a Title Through Curr. Lab Catalogue Search 

More About Professional Book Reviews

• Written by professionals including teachers, librarians and scholars.

• Length varies from several lines to several paragraphs

• Usually offer a brief summary of the book as well as critical thoughts about how it will be used and received by readers.

• Include Fiction and Non-Fiction titles.

How Might You Use a Review?

Example: At your T.A.‘s suggestion, you’ve picked a children’s book on bullying to share with your grade two class. You love the story, but also have doubts about whether it is age-appropriate or uses overly harsh language.

• Reading several published reviews on the book will help you judge its appropriateness and appeal.

• Reviews will generally discuss any sensitive or potentially problematic material.

• A glowing review can give you confidence that you are truly sharing something of value with your students.

• If the reviewer recommends the title, you can use this information to justify choices to parents/ administrators as needed.