To encourage independent reading, librarians and teachers look to build a community of readers. What better way to build that community than by writing and sharing book reviews?
Writing a review encourages students to reflect on what they’ve read, and when they share the review on Biblionasium, it lets other students see what their friends are reading!
These reasons and many others are why we continue to encourage students to write book reviews with our Kid Review Contests. Check out the excerpts from some of the winning reviews from our Because of Winn-Dixie 20th Anniversary Book Review Contest below!
► “Because of Winn-Dixie is a moving story about a 10-year old girl named Indiana Opal who has just moved to Florida. As Opal struggles with the loss of her mom that left her and her dad, the preacher, she soon learns about Gloria Dump, a sweet, elderly woman who is mistaken to be a witch, from the Dewberry boys. Opal soon learns that Gloria is not a witch at all! Just a sweet, lonely lady looking for a friend. Because of Winn Dixie is a book that inspires you to be loyal to others.”
—Anna Kay R.
► “Because of Winn-Dixie is an amazing book about a dog named Winn-Dixie and his owner, Opal. It would be a good book if you love books about animals. This would be good if you are having a hard time with something. It helps you know you’re not alone. This book is the only one of its kind. It’s…special.”
►”Fun, detailed, and entertaining. The Tiger Rising was such an amazing book! It had so much detail, and I would love to be in the book and go on an adventure with Rob! It is so cool that Rob thinks that the tiger trapped in a cage is just like thoughts and feelings trapped in a suitcase. I definitely recommend this book to anyone.”
►”This book is an amazing read I would suggest it to anyone looking for an adventure. In the book, there is a thrilling adventure of a toy rabbit named Edward Tulane. He can’t wait to get back to his owner. He misses her very much and would do anything just to get back to her! I can’t say it enough you should definitely read this book!”
Silly and quirky, yet full of heart.
Features the most unlikely superhero you could ever imagine and a girl who loves comic books.
Appeals to a broad audience.
Includes black-and-white comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations.
Fuses warmth and wackiness with real-life lessons.
Best for ages 8-12.
► “Flora & Ulysses is one of the best books I have read because of the way she puts the story. In Flora & Ulysses is a girl named Flora, who likes to read comic books. Flora likes to think that she is in a comic book with her words above her head. This is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes books by Kate Dicamillo.”
► “This book is about a girl named Flora and a squirrel who got vacuumed up. Because of this, the squirrel can now type poetry and has other superpowers. Although Flora’s mom is not too happy with Flora having a pet squirrel, will Flora be able to keep her squirrel? This book is generally funny, but it has a little bit of suspense. It is really good and I hope you like it.”