Book Review Statement
As an elementary school librarian, you can expect to find that most of the reviews I write and post to my blog are school age appropriate and include books of interest at both the elementary and middle school levels. I also review books that are intended for an older reading audience (Teen/Young Adult). Parents, all books can be searched by the appropriate category under the ‘Book Buzz’ tab.
Authors, Publishers, Parents, and all guests, please read the book review statements below for more details.
I Book Talk and promote books every single day to my school community, family, and friends both in person and online through my blog and in the following ways:
- Video Book Talks posted throughout our building on Book Talk QR Code Cards.
- On our school’s in-house daily, South Davis TV show featuring the loveable puppet Arlo, created by our awesome Art Teacher Adam Kreutinger.
- Social Media:
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/52522639-christina-carter
- Book Excursion Member– Group of 15 educational leaders who read and promote the books we read on social media and in our communities. Our group reads and reviews ARCs of Picture Books through YA and professional materials.
I do not get into posting reading levels with my reviews but have chosen instead to utilize the following categories that are most widely used. Please use your own discretion when choosing a book for your child. As a school librarian, independent student choice is respected and encouraged.
- Picture Book
Appropriate for ages 0 to 102.
Chapter Books for Beginning Readers through age 8+.
Often noted as appropriate for ages 8 to 12.
13 and older.
Views & Opinions
The reviews you read on this blog or any of the social media platforms I’ve mentioned using, are strictly based on my own views and opinions and do not represent the views and opinions of any school, district, or employer that I work for now or have worked for in the past.
Submitting Books for Review
I do not currently have an open call for submitting books for review. I receive review copies of books 1) as a part of my Book Excursion membership, 2) via NetGalley, 3) or by directly requesting them from publishers and authors. All books are provided in exchange for an honest review. I have not been paid or made any promises of any nature in exchange for writing reviews. I write them out of my love of reading and desire to champion quality children’s, teen, and young adult literature.
You may notice that when I review a book, I do not copy and paste the summaries that are provided on GoodReads, for example. I instead prefer to challenge myself to write my own summaries. This helps my creativity and is one of the ways I meet my daily writing goals.