What I’m Reading & Reviewing… PLUS You Could Win a Debut Book Bundle!

October is flying by and this round of the Debut Review Challenge is nearly half over! I’m even starting to plan challenges for 2021! (If you are a traditionally published Kidlit debut, any genre, and you’d like to be considered for a future challenge, express your interest HERE.)

I know, I know. Reviewing debuts has been on your to-do list. Mine, too! But now is a great time to make reviewing a priority. Not only does it help creators’ books get seen, but you could win some great prizes!

Here’s how:

Prize Opportunity ONE:

Enter the Debut Review Challenge after you post FIVE honest reviews for Kidlit debuts online (Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, Bookroo, etc.). You could be a winner! Ends 11/30/20.

Prize Opportunity TWO:

THIS FRIDAY, October 30, 2020, COMMENT on the #BookFaceFriday posts by Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia (@lizbedia), AJ Irving (@aj_irving), or V. T. Bidania (@vtbidania). Or post your own #BookFaceFriday photo and tag #DebutReviewChallenge. You could win BOOK SWAG from V.T. Bidania!

Prize Opportunity THREE:

It’s been an amazing year of challenges and we’re celebrating with a special prize! When you tweet a review, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a book bundle of previously featured debuts! Use the hashtags #AmReviewing and #DebutReviewChallenge to qualify. And don’t forget to tag the creators! Every review you tweet will earn you one entry.


ICYMI: Here are my reviews from the past two Saturdays. You won’t want to miss these fabulous picture books!

Review: This refreshing debut is brimming w/ humor & understated delights! Your chuckles & giggles will infuse the spaces between the grumpy narrator & his silent, but wildly active companions. Now go get SOAKED!


Review: Year after year, Bess is a place of hospitality & celebration. Until she isn’t. Lyrical text & warm illustrations paint a story of change, as well as what is steadfast & true.


Here are some easy ways to support #Kidlit debuts:

  • Purchase them from your local independent bookstore
  • Borrow them from your local library
  • If your library doesn’t have them, suggest that they purchase them for their collection
  • Review them! Reviews help debut creators gain more traction in the marketplace through visibility and virtual word-of-mouth.

Read…Review…Repeat!

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