By Stephanie Bearce
As kidlit authors it can be a challenge to get our books into the hands of our intended readers. Most four-year-olds aren't browsing Amazon for the newest picture book and ten-year-olds aren't really supposed to drive themselves to the bookstore. We need brilliant parents, librarians, and teachers to love our stories and get them into the hands of our readers.
There are many avenues for making these connections. book reviews, blog tours, speaking engagements, school and library visits, podcasts, and newsletters, to name just a few. Too many for just one blog post! (Hint, hint, we'll be giving away more promotional tips in the next few weeks.) Today we are going to concentrate on reviews.
Getting your book into the hands of reviewers is critical. Most publishers will make sure your book is sent to Horn Book, Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. But it's always a good idea to check with your editor and the publicity team. Nobody wants their book to be the one to "slip through the crack." YOU are the best champion of your work. So make sure you know it is getting out into the world.
There are a number of great blogs that review children's books and it is worth your time and effort to get a galley to them for review. In the waaay back olden days, you would have needed a copy of your book, but now with the miracle of the internet - you can send electronic galleys!! (with the blessing of your publisher, of course.)
Check out these blogs - and if you know of others - leave a comment! We'll add them to the list!!
The Children's Book Review
Happily Ever Elephants
Nerdy Book Club
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Mr. Schu Reads
Here Wee Read
From the Mixed Up Files
Only Picture Books
The Crimson Review
2/22/2022 11:31:25 am
This is a great resource! Thanks, Stephanie!
2/22/2022 01:49:25 pm
Thanks so much for a list of blogs that will review nonfiction books! I never did any of that with my debut nonfiction book and feel like I might have missed some opportunities. My publisher sent review copies to all the larger journals it and was soundly ignored by Horn Book, so sometimes missed opportunities are beyond my control.
2/22/2022 02:32:04 pm
Thanks, Stephanie, for not just telling us this is something we MUST do, but also supplying the names and sites for those we need to connect with.
2/23/2022 05:58:27 am
Great list with an actionable way to plan to get those books to educators and parents. TY.
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