Book Review Projects
How can I find a good book?
Where can my students post a book review?
What websites have ideas for reading and writing projects?
The Internet is a great place to share ideas about books students are reading. Get students involved with writing book reviews and sharing them online.
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Many classrooms have developed their own Book Review pages to share their student work. Check out Book Reviews from Planet 5th from a group of fifth graders. Some teachers and libraries find building web pages overwhelming or just time consuming and may wish to use an online project or organization to post their reviews.
Use the following resource to learn about writing good reviews:
- How to write a book review from Kids On the Net
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accepts student book reviews
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Book Review Websites
Use the following websites to locate and share book reviews. They focus on book reviews by and for kids. Most access book reviews from students.
- All Levels
- Children's Book Reviews
- Young Adult Book Reviews
- Professional Review Sources
- Links to Book Review Sites
One of the best book review sites for kids. Find a book or write a review. Included both professional and student reviews.
Barnes and Nobles areas to explore. Also explore authors and popular books.
Lots of great book reviews and reports and an easy way for students to submit their own.
Reviews by children and young adults.
Kids on the Net
Book reviews by kids all over the world.
On-Lion Kids Reviews
From New York Public Library, you can read reviews of books, movies, music, and website. You can also write reviews. Lion prints are used for ratings.
RIF Book Reviews
Prizes are given for reviews published on RIF.
Yahooligans Book Club
Read reviews by celebrities. No longer active.
Reviews by kids. Will post reviews.
Read, Write, Now
Read and write book reviews. No longer accepting submissions.
Spagetti Book Review By Kids For Kids
Book reviews by kids for kids. Organized by title and authors. You must be a participate in the program to submit reviews.
World of Reading
Explore reviews or write your own.
A ThinkQuest project by students.
Middle School Books
Book reviews by middle school students.
Read a Review: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Lots of book reviews with a 5 star rating system.
Book reviews by teens. Listed by title.
Reviews of books, movies, music and more.
Writes of Passage
Online sources for teens.
Boston Book Reviews
Current professional book reviews.
Thousands of book reviews.
Book Review Sites from About
Links to websites (watch for ads)
Book reviews by title, author, and grade level.
Professional book reviews, not all included without subscription.
Book reviews for teens.
School Library Journal
Great quality reviews
BookTalks - Book Review Sources
Nice list of book review sources for all ages.
Great place to locate links to book review sites for all ages.
Google Directory - Reviews and Criticism
Links to the book reviews sites.
Yahooligans Book Reviews
Links to book reviews for kids.
Try a Book Review
Ask students to critique some book reviews. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the reviews? Then, ask students to write and submit their own review.