You probably have to write book reviews in school. When I was a kid, I used to hate to write them. But now I use book reviews that other people have written all the time. They help me to decide which books I want to read next. So if you’re a kid and you have to write a book review, here is how to write one about a book you think other kids will like.Actually, it doesn’t have to be about a book you really like. Negative reviews are helpful too. Sometimes a book you don’t like is still a great book, just not for you. Another kid with other interests might find that book perfect for them. So write your book review anyway.Here are some things you must include in your book review:TitleBe sure to get the correct and complete title for the book you are reviewing. Sometimes series of books have parts of the titles that are the same, and parts that are different. If you don’t include the whole title, another kid might read your review and get the wrong book to read.For example, you probably know about Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney. But if you are reviewing one of the later books in the series, you must be sure to include the whole title, like this: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (Book 5.)AuthorYou probably hate it when people say or spell your name wrong. I bet the authors of the books you are reading feel exactly the same way!Be sure to spell the author’s name correctly. Check and double check it in your report.Recommended ages or gradesYou might read a funny book but know it is too hard for your younger sister to read. So include the ages you think would be able to enjoy the book.You can say something like, “Recommended for 4th and 5th graders.” Or something like, “I’m 10, but I usually read books that are much harder than what we are supposed to be reading in school. So I think this would be better for sixth or seventh graders.”Summary of the storyGive a brief description of the main things that happen in the beginning of the story, or the beginning and middle. But be sure not to give away the ending, especially if there is something really surprising that happens.Here are other things you might want to include in your book review:Something you really enjoyedIf you thought the book was funny, say so. If you thought it was exciting or scary, and you love adventure, mention that.Something you didn’t like about the bookMaybe the beginning is really good, but the ending is boring. Perhaps the book seemed too scary for kids, or it gave you nightmares. You can warn others about that.Other similar books Compare the book you are reviewing to other similar books. That way, kids can get a better idea if it might be something they would like to read.Others who might enjoy the bookSay what kind of kids you think might like the book. For example, “If you love to read books about spies or adventure, you will enjoy the Alex Rider book series.” Or, “If you like books about witches that are not too scary, you might enjoy “Which Witch?” by Eva Ibbotson.Recommend other books or authorsIt’s a lot of fun to find a whole bunch of books by another author that you didn’t even know about. So you can mention other authors with books like the one you are reviewing. Or you can suggest other books that are similar to this one, that other kids might also enjoy reading.Think about the kids who will be reading your book review. Use some of these tips I’ve given you when you write. If you do, you will be able to write kids’ book reviews and help other children by sharing your love of reading and great books.
What’s the point of writing a book review, other than to do a favor for your friend who just self-published on Lulu? Don’t get me wrong; the author will appreciate the effort. However, any brownie points you score with the author are secondary. If you think I’m about to tell you that book reviews make good content for search engine optimization purposes… you’re right. They do. But that’s not the primary benefit I’m talking about, either. Am I about to suggest that writing anything, even a book review, is a great practice to hone your skills as a writer? Well, actually, yes! But that’s not the point I wrote this article to make.Here’s what I’m driving at. If you read a book about marketing your business, a book review will help you to actually market your business. Read a book about organizing your home? Write a book review, and watch the piles of clutter start to shrink around you. Don’t ask me to prove it. If you want proof, do it and see what happens.For years, I have read books and thought up great ideas, only to put the books back onto the shelf without taking any action. I know I’m not the only one. I don’t have a complete solution to this problem, but I do have a tool to offer you that may inch you a single step forward: the book review. Have you ever read a positive attitude or self-help book, for example, and pledged to adopt the habits they prescribed? Ever read a novel whose protagonist inspired you to write the Great American Novel? If you’re like most readers, the urge probably didn’t last any longer than a TV commercial.Let’s Face It: human nature isn’t likely to change any time soon. With an ever-expanding menu of shiny objects to distract us and a 24-hour day that stubbornly refuses to grow any longer, the average human attention span continues to dwindle into the microsecond-scale. Is it any wonder that literary inspiration has such a short shelf life? A book review isn’t going to change that, of course, but the process of re-creating your experience through a review will refresh your memory of the book, and it will give others a window into the world that the book’s author has created. You just might inspire someone to read the book who wouldn’t have read it otherwise.Basic steps:
Before starting the book review, think about the audience. Which readers are likely to find your review? This depends upon the location where you choose to post it. What do you suppose is important to this audience? (I recommend doing this before writing anything of any kind.)
Write about your own experience of the book. What changed in your way of thinking? What inspired you? Don’t just summarize the book; personalize it.
Describe your experience using sensory words. For example, you could talk about how you read the book while you were sitting outside in the fall and could smell the burning leaves. Sensory experiences are the most memorable.
Tell readers why they should read the book. How will their lives change from reading it? What made the book truly stand out for you?
You can write your book reviews right here, on EzineArticles. You can also post them to a number of other sites, such as Squidoo or HubPages. If you decide to write reviews regularly, you can start a blog for that purpose. If you start a blog, you can invite others to write guest posts so that you don’t have to write all of the reviews yourself.Give it a try. Write a list of the most influential books you’ve ever read, and post a review about one them this week.