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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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IR Approved
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Despite its perspective jumps, Trevor B. Spisto's THE TIGER AND THE CRANE is a charming story for young readers with well-rounded characters and endearing humor.

May 17, 2024

ARE YOU MY MENTOR

By Irma and Markeith Porter
Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

With ARE YOU MY MENTOR, authors Irma and Markeith Porter offer an engaging narrative exploring the profound impact of mentors on children's lives that ultimately...

IR Approved
May 3, 2024

SIP

By Marius Trevelean
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Featuring a potent blend of action and satire, Marius Trevelean’s SIP ultimately succeeds at delivering a refreshingly unique spin on the coming-of-age YA template.

IR Approved
May 1, 2024

A BETTER HOME

By Christian Yoon, Tony Yoon
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A BETTER HOME, written and illustrated by Christian and Tony Yoon, is a delightful primer and call to action about pollution for eco-friendly children.

IR Approved
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Combining an engaging narrative, an enduring life lesson, and captivating illustrations, Kimberley Lovato’s PISA LOVES BELLA: A Towering Tale of Kindness is as fun to...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

THE EXTRAORDINARY IMAGINATION OF JENNY FIGMENT by Jennifer Hayes is a fun book for classroom read-alouds and will likely win over its young readers.

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Tanya Ney’s BIRD, A BOY, AND A BIG ADVENTURE boasts appealingly colorful illustrations, and its rhyming text gives the narrative plenty of momentum.

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Traci Strahlendorf's MICHAEL AND THE WALKING TALKING MUSTACHE is a silly book about a boy and the caterpillar who decides to hitch a ride on...

Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

Traci Strahlendorf's COOL HAT TRICK KILPATRICK is a picture book for young children that successfully tackles issues of self-esteem and kindness.

January 22, 2024

SPACE BOY

By Lillian China Smith
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Written by Lillian China Smith and illustrated by Gerry Alvarez, SPACE BOY (A Story About A Boy Who Went To Outer Space And Back) is...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Packed with yummy details and deliciously vivid illustrations, THE DEMON-DOSA DARE by Deven Jatkar is laugh-out-loud funny and provides a fascinating look into Indian cuisine...

January 10, 2024

BING

By Sarah Gourd
Rating:
3.1 / 5.0

Sarah Gourd’s BING is a simple, easy-to-read, and charming book for young children.

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