We invite young readers to write book reviews. Winning entries will be published in the pages of Moment and will each receive a signed copy of a book by an acclaimed children’s writer. We’ve selected a list of books for you to choose from. Pick one or more that you enjoy or find intriguing and tell us why! See our rules and guidelines below.
Read this year’s winning reviews and finalists here! And submit your own entries for next year’s contest by February 14, 2014!
Click here to download our flyer to encourage students to participate!
The Doll Shop Downstairs by Yona Zeldis McDonough, 2009
Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch, 2010
The Yankee at the Seder by Elka Weber, 2009
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, 2006
Memories of Babi by Aranka Siegal, 2008
Zazoo by Richard Mosher, 2001
Stealing Home by Ellen Schwartz, 2006
The Entertainer and the Dybbuk by Sid Fleischman, 2007
The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey by Steve Sheinkin, 2006
Incantation by Alice Hoffman, 2006
Prince William, Maximilian, Minsky, and Me by Holly-Jane Rahlens, 2005
Sam I Am by Ilene Cooper, 2004
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli, 2003
Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine, 1999
Running on Eggs by Anna Levine, 1999
Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye, 1997
Journey to America by Sonia Levitin, 1993
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, 1989
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr, 1971
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume, 1970
The Pushcart War by Jean Merril, 1964
Anne Frank: The Young Writer Who Told the World Her Story by Ann Kramer, 2007
Einstein: Visionary Scientist by John Severance, 1999
Anyone ages 9-13 is eligible. We encourage children of all faiths to enter. Please send entries by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading “Publish-A-Kid.” Paste each review directly into the text of your email. On the top of your review, include your full name, age, home address, home phone number and grade. If this is a school project please include the teacher’s name and the phone number of the school, followed by the name of the book and its author. Each review should be 1 to 2 pages double spaced, 250-500 words. Each child can send one review for each book on the list. Each review should be sent in a separate email.
Don’t forget to tell us what you think and feel about the book—in your own words. First-person reviews are okay. Tell us why other kids—and even grown-ups—should read this book. What, if anything, makes this book different, special, important to read, amazing? What, if anything, did you learn from this book? In what time period does the action take place? Was there some historical, moral, political or religious conflict or problem in this book that caught your attention? Is there something about any of the characters that you find you can’t forget?