Today, I’m pleased to present this guest post from Kristi Bernard of Kristi’s Book Nook!
I have always been an avid reader. When I was a young girl I spent a lot of time in my local library reading Dr. Seuss, Aesop’s Fables and every folktale I could get my hands on. It was always the book covers that attracted my attention. My favorite cover was Where The Wild Things Are. I read because stories always seem to take me away. They still do. But, as a book reviewer, I have to dig a little deeper into a story. I have to point out the general idea and then introduce the parts that have a message for children. I have to show why a parent should be interested in purchasing a particular book for their child.
When I started my blog Kristi’s Book Nook in October of 2009, I set out with one purpose, and that was to read and enjoy as many children’s books as possible. I wanted to share my favorites with whom ever would stop by. I hadn’t been reviewing very long when Elizabeth Bennett with Tiger Tales Books stopped by to thank me for my review of Clumsy Crab. It was funny because I didn’t think anyone was paying attention. She sent me an email asking if I would like to review their fall line of books for kids. Of course I said I would and I was very excited to do so. It was then that I started to think about the books and how I review them.
It wasn’t long before I started reviewing books for other writers that I knew, Book Pleasures and The Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. Now, I get requests via email, Linked In, FaceBook and lots of publicists. I would love to review everything that comes my way but it is just impossible. There isn’t enough time in the day. As a result, I have to be very picky as to which books I select. I am not able to read books that are longer than 400 pages. I would need more time to give a thorough review. I try not to limit myself to one particular type of book.
If you’re interested in reading Kristi’s reviews, be sure to visit Kristi’s Book Nook! Happy reading… 🙂