Child-Friendly Book Review Websites
Where can educators and parents find books that will engage a child’s imagination? From other children, of course. This post is about three child-friendly book review websites. These are sites where children post book reviews and discuss books with other children. Allowing children to choose which book to read next by reading other children’s reviews may foster a desire to read. Writing book reviews may lead to improved writing skills. And with these websites, this is accomplished in a safe virtual environment. These sites may also lead to a feeling of inclusion when connecting with other children on social media. I won’t guarantee that children will clamor for books, but anything that might encourage kids to read is worth checking.
There are child-friendly sites which allow only educators and parents to register. COPPA requirements indicate parents must register children for websites if the children are under 13. Other child safety requirements for websites can be read here.
Following is a list of websites that are safe online environments for children to post book reviews.
The Spaghetti Book Club
“The Spaghetti Book Club website is a place for kids who love to read and talk about books! It is the largest site of book reviews written and illustrated by kids for kids.”
BiblioNasium states that “Experts agree that community and consistency can be powerful in helping children become better, more passionate readers. Our mission is to instill good reading habits at a young age; to promote reading as a social activity, and to connect kids, parents and teachers to create a virtual ‘reading village.’ We invite you to explore the site. And hope you’ll join us in a great book.”
“DOGObooks is where kids discover, review and rate books. Our goal is to provide a fun, safe and interactive environment for children to share their reactions, thoughts and opinions about books. All book selections and reviews are moderated prior to being published.”