As the librarian at Lemme School, I am charged with the responsibility of creating a collection of high quality literature for my students and staff. As I select books, I consider the review of other librarians and book lovers. But, just because a book gets a starred review in Horn Book doesn't mean that I will love it, and it doesn't mean that my students will love it. Just because a book bombed in SLJ doesn't mean that it might not be a favorite at Lemme School. I try to read as many of the books as I can, and I post my thoughts on my blog. I do not hold reviews against a book!
Most of the books that I review on the Lemme Library Blog are books that are currently in the library. I try my best to read a majority of the books that come into the library so that I can get them in to the hands of my students. The books that fly off the shelves are the books that I am able to book talk to kids. I will also write reviews of books that I am considering for purchase. These books are usually checked out from the public library, purchased on my own or downloaded from NetGalley.
I will also review advanced copies of books if it is a title I would consider purchasing for my library. (See The Friendship Doll and Horton Halfpott). I will accept print copies and digital copies from authors, illustrators and publishers. If I agree to read an advanced copy, I will post the review after finishing the book, unless requested to do otherwise. I only post positive reviews on The Lemme Library Blog. If I don't love a book, I don't post a review. If I receive a book from an author or publisher that I don't love, I will contact them and tell them that I won't be able to post a review of the book. That being said, I believe that there is a book for every reader and a reader for every book. Even if I don't love a book, my kids still need to hear about it. So, if I read an ARC that I don't love, I will try very hard to find something about it that my kids will love. (Believe it or not, I do have books in my library that I don't love- I have even convinced kids to check them out and read them!) Above all, I must adhere to my district selection policy.
I will consider fiction and nonfiction titles that are appropriate for kids in grades K-8. Because of my ever-growing to be read pile, I may not be able to accept your ARC.
If you would like to contact me about reviewing a title, I can be reached by email at:
c/o Lemme School
3100 E Washington StreetIowa City, Iowa 52245
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