How to Write a Book Review


First of all, it is important to read! Read different kinds of books and magazines, both non-fiction (information) and fiction (stories). Remember, picture books are for everybody! Reading them is one of the best ways to help you get better at your own writing, reading and drawing.

Sometimes, finding that great book is hard. Reading someone's review might help you to discover a book you wouldn't have thought of reading.

As you are reading, think about ways you could encourage others to read that book.

Here are some tips and questions to help you get started writing a review:


Be honest:

Give your review personality and remember that kids want to know what you REALLY think.

Be detailed:

Tell us exactly what you liked or didn't like. Was it a story you couldn't put down? Have you ever done or felt some of the things the characters did? Did the main characters run into any problems or adventures?

Be accurate:

Be sure to get the title, author, and character names right, plus double-check your spelling and grammar.

DON'T spoil it:

Please don't give away the ending! Tell readers enough about the plot to hook them, but keep them hanging so that they want to read the book.

Recommend it:

What type of person would like this book? Can you recommend other books that a reader would enjoy that are similar to this one?

Provided by Scholastic.com, “Share What You’re Reading” and “How to Write a Book Review” by Bill Asenjo