Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Children's Book/Gift Book Review Guidelines

Children’s Books/Gift Books

First and foremost, we want nothing but complete honesty in your reviews. If you loved a title, that’s great! That’s what we are striving for at Thomas Nelson. We want to consistently produce quality products for readers of all ages. If you didn’t enjoy a certain book, well that’s great as well! Of course we want every title to be a home run with readers, but when they aren’t we want to know why. The only way we can continue to bring our readers consistent and quality material is to receive honest and unbiased feedback from them. We’re not asking for positive reviews in return for free review materials. We’re asking for complete objectivity.

We ask that you keep your reviews under 200 words if at all possible. This word count allows you to be informative without being too informative. We want your reviews to be read and most people tend to shy away from long reviews. Here is our recommendation for the structure of each review:

Title: For the title of your post please include the title of the book and the name of the author and illustrator (e.g. Moon Shines Down by Margaret Wise, Illustrated by Linda Bleck)

Summary (50-100 words): Please make sure your summary is in the first few sentences of the review.

•Be sure and designate what type of product this is (Children’s Book or Gift Book).

•What is the story about? What is the message/purpose of the product?

•What age groups is the story appropriate for?
Your Reactions (100-150 words)

•Is the message of the product presented in a clear and interesting manner?

•What are your thoughts on the quality of the illustrations?

•Did the author(s) present a strong, spiritual message?

•Would you recommend this product to others?
You can see an example of both the structure and content of a quality children’s book review here:

Please sign in to your account at and post the link to your review. If at all possible, be sure to provide the specific link to the post where your review is found.

After you’ve posted the review on your blog and our website, post your review on at least one consumer site such as,, or To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, please mention as part of every Web or retail site review that Thomas Nelson has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy.

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