About me

My name is Janet Dawson, and I am the K-8 librarian at six schools (two middle and four elementary) in the Hampden–Wilbraham Regional School District, Massachusetts.  One of the most important parts of my job is connecting students and teachers with great books.

We’re lucky to live in a world where fantastic children’s books are published every week.  Every day I review a book published this year.  Although I may mention things about books that I don’t like (“Cons”), I only choose books for which I feel I can give a mostly positive review.

I try to find books that would appeal to kids and/or fit in well with the elementary school curriculum.  All books come from my local public library, and I do not benefit in any way from my reviews (except for the warm, fuzzy feeling of sharing good books with readers).

Please feel free to spread the word about this blog to parents, grandparents, teachers, children, or anyone else you think might enjoy it.  I hope you will comment as you see fit, and share anything you think might make the reviews more useful.

Happy reading!

12 thoughts on “About me

  1. I really enjoy your reviews with my morning coffee. I know these reviews take work on your part, so…thanks! I love the new look to your blog (usually read in email) and especially knowing more about you. Hooray for school librarians!

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  2. Your reviews are great–I have discovered so many books through your site, and ordered them all through my library! One suggestion: maybe include the number of pages each book has? It’s hard sometimes to gauge if a book is meant for a younger or slightly older audience. Thanks so much, and I look forward to reading more!

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  3. Hello!
    My name is Kate Metroka, and I’m starting a campaign to get Ellen Degeneres on board with helping my children’s book series to get published. The series emphasizes strong female characters and is highly relevant in today’s world. Let’s start rewiring the way our culture treats little girls one children’s book at a time! I would love if you could watch the videos below, and give them a like or a share. Have a great week!

    Kate Metroka

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  4. Hi I am author Benjamin Boyd. I would love it if you could do a review of my book The Adventures of Kid Humpty Dumpty. I think you and your followers would like this book. You can get a preview of it on amazon.com yo can contact me at bjessieb2@yahoo.com. Thank You

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  5. Janet,

    Like Benjamin above, I would love to have you look at my books and see if they fit your Blog standards to do a review. My picture books (Glad to do it!” series) can be viewed at http://www.gladtodoit.net and are about a firefighter, police officers and EMTs who like to help others.

    Uncle Ricky, Fireman – Fire! is viewable as a free download and you could quickly tell if they fit your standards. We will publish the first EMT Morales story in about 2 weeks. Uncle Rocky, Fireman and Officer Jack were published last year and earlier.

    You will note when perusing the book that children act out getting dressed for the fire, they make all the truck sounds and then shout, “Glad to do it!” at the end along with Uncle Rocky or Officer Jack.

    Please let me know and thanks for your time

    .

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  6. Hi Janet,

    I really enjoyed the recent review you left about Fish Girl. It was well thought out and written. Since I’d enjoyed reading many posts on your site so much, I thought it might be a good place to share a project that I’m working on.

    I’ve just launched a campaign about a children’s book called Brady Plays the Fiddle. It’s a lyrical picture book that inspires a love of music in young readers. My young music loving friends have expressed how much they like the the book. I’m trying to self publish it and raise funds via Indigogo. I want to raise awareness about the campaign and was wondering, would you be interested in writing a post about it? If you are I could send you a digital copy to read!

    Please contact me if you are interested at kungfumel@gmail.com

    Also please feel free check out my Indigogo page for the children’s book I wrote and illustrated, Brady Plays the Fiddle:
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/brady-plays-the-fiddle-a-children-s-picture-book/x/16184152#/

    Thanks for your time!

    Cheers,
    Melissa

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  7. Hello there Janet!

    I want to begin by e-introducing myself! I am Rami Jandali and I am a first-time, children’s book author with an inner child and a passion to share stories!

    Just last Monday, May 1st, I self-published my first-ever children’s book, “An Almond All Alone”, available on Amazon as both an eBook and as a Paperback version as well. In essence, it speaks of the power of having just one other person (or “nut”, as is the case in this story) believe in you, regardless of how bullied you have been or insecure you have felt about yourself. It is lighthearted, it is airy and I am absolutely ecstatic to share it with the world, adults and kids alike!

    I would be incredibly honored and grateful if you would consider “An Almond All Alone” for a review on your blog, and/or to share it with your friends and family.

    A link to my book, for your convenience:

    I truly look forward to hearing back from you and hope your week is off to a fantastic start!!

    Sincerely,

    Rami Jandali

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  8. I was thinking about problem books from the 1970’s–young adult books written specifically to address some problem like drug abuse or teenage pregnancy.

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