How to Find KidLit Debuts

It is January 6, 2020. You’ve made a resolution to review more books this year. Your friend told you about the #DebutReviewChallenge and you’re are determined to write five online reviews for debut Kidlit creators. But… wait. Where do you find those books, anyway?

One of my favorite ways to discover debut Kidlit creators is on social media. There are a number of debut promotional groups that serve to inform, entertain, and cross-promote books published by the group’s members.

Here are the recent debut groups that I’m aware of on Twitter. Most also have a presence on Instagram. Know of another? Leave the name in a comment!

If a name is listed next to a group, that denotes one of our featured debuts this round!


@Notable19s: Shauna LaVoy Reynolds, Cathy Ballou Mealey
@picturebookbuzz ‏: Meera Sriram
@NewInNineteen: Wendy Greenley


@Perfect2020PBs: Nanette Heffernan
@NRock2020 (New Readers Rock 2020; not exclusively a debut group)

Once you have a list of debut books you’d like to read, head over to your local library. It is not feasible to buy every new book so utilize your library and BORROW them!

And here’s one of the best way to support debut authors and illustrators. If your library doesn’t have a copy of a book you are looking for, REQUEST THAT THEY ADD IT TO THEIR COLLECTION. Most library systems are very open to suggestions from their patrons.

In addition, libraries often have NEW BOOKS shelves. While that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll pick up a debut book, asking the librarian or doing a little research online can give you the yay or nay you are looking for.

If you’ve found a gem of a book, why not share the cover image, enthusiastic emojis, or even part of your review on social media? TAG the creator and #DebutReviewChallenge. Let’s share all of this Kidlit goodness!

And when you have completed FIVE reviews online, fill out this FORM. You just might win a prize from a debut book creator! The current #DebutReviewChallenge ends February 29, 2020.

What is your favorite way to locate debut books? Leave a comment for a BONUS ENTRY. (This will apply if you also complete at least one official ENTRY FORM.)

Thank you for participating in the #DebutReviewChallenge to give new Kidlit book creators a boost! #ReadReviewRepeat

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