“Because of Winn-Dixie” Review Contest Winners


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!


Full of quirky characters your young reader will fall in love with. ✔

Demonstrates the value of friendship and forgiveness. ✔

A Newbery Medal award winner. ✔

Helps kids feel like they’re not alone in their struggles. ✔

Great for kids who love animals and books about dogs. ✔

Best for ages 8-12.


Kid Reviews:


► “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.”

—Emma M.

► “I absolutely thought this was a really amazing book! It was sad in some parts, funny in others, but above all, it taught you about friendships and the meaning of love with one another.”
—Jaina C.
► “This is such an extraordinary book! I finished it in about one day! I recommend reading the book rather than watching the movie because there is a special feeling of when you know exactly what the characters feel like, and every movement that impacts the whole story.”

Kid-friendly handling of tough issues, like death and grieving. ✔

Poignant and powerfully written. ✔ 

Great for kids who loved of Because of Winn-Dixie. ✔ 

Connects with those who don’t usually enjoy reading. ✔

A short yet memorable story. ✔

Best for ages 10+. 


Kids Review:


►”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.”

—Avni S.


A good read for younger kids. ✔

Appealing to lovers of The Velveteen Rabbit. ✔

Magical and mystical.✔

Highlights the transformational power of love. ✔

Kids will beg for more when the book ends.✔

Best for ages 7-10.

Kids Review:


►”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!”

—Addy H.


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.   


Kids Review:


► “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.”

—Isabella M.

► “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.”

—Renee W.

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2 thoughts on ““Because of Winn-Dixie” Review Contest Winners”

  1. I got all of these books! I read all of them, and they are all so wonderful. Each one is descriptive, imaginative, and special.

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