BOOKS FOR CHILDREN: How do you know what's good?

While there are many places (especially on the internet) where you can read book reviews, how do you really know if it's a good book or not when a single book might receive anywhere from one to five stars?
The answer: read the reviews of a book-addicted teacher librarian.

** The age recommendations are guidelines only; whether or not a certain book is suitable for a particular child depends on multiple factors, including their maturity, reading level, interests, and in some cases their experiences.
** While the ratings are largely based on my own personal appreciation/enjoyment of the book, they are also influenced by my experiences as a teacher and the potential attraction for the target-aged child (acknowledging that what one child may love, another may find exceptionally boring). A rating of 5 indicates the book is likely to be popular with the majority.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Radio Revolution series (Kids Inc)

AUTHOR: Tempany Deckert (Aust) (2007+)

NOTES: A 4-book series. Very mild in terms of excitement/action, but easy to read. 60 pgs, lg type, 7 chapters. Part of the Kids Inc titles.

ISSUES: friendship, fitting-in, school problems, music.

PLOT: Five friends (4 boys, 1 girl) love music and want to get their own show on the local radio station.

AGES: 7-10. Would attract young children who seem to be 'mis-fits' with strong reading ability in particular.

GENRE: Realistic Fiction RATING: 4 1/4 stars

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