The Children’s Book Review Anniversary Tour

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The Children’s Book Review, named one of the ALSC (Association For Library Service To Children) Great Web Sites For Kids, is a resource devoted to children’s literature and literacy. TCBR publishes reviews and book lists of the best books for kids of all ages. TCBR also produces author and illustrator interviews and shares literacy based articles that help parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and librarians to grow readers. Bianca Schulze is the founder of TCBR and the bestselling author of 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up (Walter Foster Jr. 2016), an Amazon “Best Book of the Month” in October 2016.
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  1. Why children’s books versus other genres? 

It is probably because I’m still a kid at heart. I love the tenderness and poignancy that a really good kids book must have to deliver the gritty concepts of life—such as Kate DiCamillo’s writing. And, most importantly, really good kids books keep things real with plain and simple fun—I love books like Andy Rash’s Are You a Horse? (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2009) and Jeremy Tankard’s Boo Hoo Bird (Scholastic Press, 2009).

  1. How long did it take to write your book?

Including all of the decision-making about which 101 books to include in 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, it took about 5 months.

  1. What is your favorite children’s book?

Well … it kind of depends on the day. Right now … off the top of my head … it’s kind of a tie. The younger me loved Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and all of the Where’s Waldo books. The older me that is able to reflect knows that Katherine Paterson’s The Bridge to Terabithia had a profound and lasting affect on me.

  1. How many beta readers do you think should read a book before it is published?

My mind instantly jumps beyond ‘how many beta readers’ to ‘who are the beta readers.’ You could have ten beta readers, but if they are not the right fit it could all be for nothing. One quality beta reader that knows the industry and the genre of your book, that is ideally not a friend or family member, could be worth their weight in gold. I recommend researching and sourcing a strong beta reader or three, as well as joining a critique group of fellow authors that write children’s books.

  1. Who has been your favorite author to interview?

Ooh-ee! Far to hard to answer because I love interviewing them all and interview quite a few each month: I would have to say that I really enjoyed speaking to Katherine Paterson over the phone to discuss the movie version of The Great Gilly Hopkins. And illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser was an absolute blast, too, when we discussed her illustrations for the Fancy Nancy series.



TCBR Original “Growing Readers Print

Alexandra MacVean was commissioned to create a commemorative illustration that honors 10 years of The Children’s Book Review’s mission of growing readers. She is a professional award-winning, freelance children’s illustrator who creates vibrant, whimsical illustrations for children’s books, greeting cards, and more. Her desire is to touch the lives of adults and children alike, bringing some sort of hope, peace and love along the way. The 6″ x 6″ print is surrounded by white mat and a thin white frame that looks great in any space.

Black Stripe Teepee

Crate and Kids Overview: Our black and white teepee has a simple yet bold design that can match all types of home decor. Plus, this striped play teepee is crafted from durable cotton canvas and bamboo, so it’ll last and last.

101 Books To Read Before You Grow Up

Written by Bianca Schulze

Illustrated by Shaw Nielsen

Publisher’s Synopsis: 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up provides a comprehensive list of kid-friendly books for children to read before they grow up. This must-read review list acts as an interactive journal where kids can document the books they read, why they like them, and how they rate them. Divided into sections by subject, from fairy tales and fantasy to sports and nonfiction, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Upcelebrates the importance of reading and encourages family participation to develop lifelong readers. The perfect reference guide for book lovers of all ages, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up helps both kids and parents decide which books to read next!

Ages 5-11 | Walter Foster Jr. | October 10, 2016 | 978-1633221697


The Children’s Book Review 10th Anniversary Giveaway!

Enter for a chance to win a special prize pack that will help a lucky reader create a fun kids reading nook—including a framed TCBR original print created by children’s author & illustrator Alexandra MacVean.

One (1) winner receives:

  • A framed and matted TCBR original “Growing Readers” print. Frame size: 12.25 X 12.25

  • A Black Stripe Teepee from Crate and Kids

  • A copy of 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, autographed by Bianca Schulze

  • A $20 Target gift card

Value: $291.95

Giveaway begins March 30, 2018, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends April 30, 2018, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.

Prizes provided by The Children’s Book Review

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One thought on “The Children’s Book Review Anniversary Tour

  1. Thank you for your post. I enjoyed the interview. And thanks for the giveaway chance.
    Carol Luciano
    Lucky4750 at aol dot com


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