Review Policy & Tips on Finding Reviewers

Contact Information:

Please send me an email at:

I wish I could respond faster, but I’m a little slow these days. (Okay, maybe a lot slow. Like a lot a lot slow.) It isn’t you! It’s me! Really! You’re fantastic, I’m the one trying to figure out how to juggle a couple of things. I do appreciate your emails. To find someone who responds faster, see below!

Review Policy:


As of June 2018, I’m not accepting books for the foreseeable future. But an interview about your (or your client’s) creative process and your (or your client’s) picture book, graphic novel, and/or illustrated work (for children to young adults) may be possible. Please email me at

Thank you!

Please take a look below if you’re looking to get your book reviewed. There are a lot of wonderful children’s book reviewers and bloggers out there!


Check out and  to discover more of them.

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast is an amazing blog by Julie Danielson. Here’s her review policy.  She also has a great list of book bloggers on her site. also has a great list of reviewers. If you have a wordpress account, go into the wordpress reader and use tags like Picture Book or Picture Books to discover more.

Kirkus Reviews, for a fee, does accept self-published books for review under their Indie label. My understanding is that they will review your book — positive or negative. You will get a professional review.

Booklist Online also accepts self-published books. I’m not sure if they charge and there is no guarantee they will review your book. Click the link to learn more about them. Librarians read Booklist and often times use the reviews from them to decide whether or not to purchase books for their library.

School Library Journal also accepts books for review. I’m not sure if they charge and there is no guarantee they will review your book. School librarians read school library journal (and Kirkus and Horn Book and Booklist) to decide what books to buy for their libraries.

The Horn Book also accepts reviews and a lot of different people read The Horn Book. I’m not sure if they charge and there is no guarantee they will review your book. They are very, very, very selective.

Publishers Weekly has their guidelines here for submitting a book for review. They do accept self-published books for review and it does not appear that they charge. They do not guarantee that your book will be reviewed, but I do know of successful self-published books that have been reviewed.

This is what I know so far. I’ll update you as I learn more.


    • Congratulations on your app! That’s very fun and very exciting. I don’t think we’re ready to do app reviews just yet. When my son is a bit older we’ll start looking there and we’d love to check out all you’ve done. Congratulations again! Let me know when you’ve released your app, and I’d be happy to make an announcement about it. From what I’ve seen on your site it looks like a lot of fun. I think a lot of people are going to enjoy it.


  1. As an artist, writer, publisher, and a brand new entrepreneur trying to discover the best way for my passions to support my family and the world, I feel squashed by pressures and demands every single day. Thank you for keeping your site clean and your demands simple. I LOVE that you write your reviews together with your son. I will be sending you an e-mail shortly, and I hope both of you will find my book acceptable for your growing collection. Best wishes to you and your whole family. Mili


  2. As a new picture book author, I am delighted at coming across your site. I love that your son shares in the
    process. Who could better respond to a childrnen’s book than a child! Really fine! I will send you an email
    and hope that you will find my first attempt acceptable for review.


  3. I was looking for reviewers for my picture book, Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous, and found your site. I can’t submit because mine is an e book but I don’t regret the time I spent clicking on the titles and reading your reviews. All the best to you. You have a nice, clean, uncluttered site.


  4. I looked over your site, looking to see what is being said about picture books in general as I just published my first fiction picture book (I wrote nonfiction before). I appreciate that this site is a legitimate site, written by someone who just plain loves the genre. Thank you!


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