Review Policy

Review Policy

Review copies:
I do NOT accept for review:
  • Titles that are exclusively available as ebooks
  • Titles not available through my primary vendor (Baker and Taylor)
  • Self-published or vanity press titles
I do not respond to all requests for reviews.

The genres/age levels I primarily review are:
  • Board books
  • Picture books (fiction and nonfiction)
  • Easy readers and beginning chapters
  • Middle grade nonfiction and graphic novels
  • Occasional middle grade fiction and fantasy
I very rarely review young adult fiction, poetry, picture book biographies, or sequels to anything.

Review content:
I do give critical reviews; if I wouldn't recommend a title to a patron or purchase it for the library I will say why in detail with (hopefully) constructive criticism. My main blog (Jean Little Library) averages about 200 views per day and individual reviews usually pick up at least 100 or more views.

Monday: Nonfiction
Tuesday: Picture books
Wednesday Features: Read, Read, Read said the Baby (board books); Small Readers (easy readers)
Thursday: beginning chapter books, fiction or nonfiction
Friday: middle grade fiction or nonfiction
Saturday: This Week at the Library
Sunday: RA RA READ and other features

I often have a backlog of reviews to schedule and during some months (summer, early fall) am too busy to review much. If you would like a specific date for a review, I will do my best to schedule it. In general, I don't participate in blog tours or interviews, but it doesn't hurt to ask, especially if you're an author I've previously reviewed. I do not participate in giveaways or contests of any kind.

Flying Off My Bookshelf
This is my secondary blog where I post short reactions to basically everything else I read that is not reviewed on Jean Little Library. All posts go up as I write them and I do not send publisher notifications for this blog, unless it is a title I specifically requested. Average views of posts on this blog usually range around 20 per month.

More about my other blogs

My blogs represent my personal views and not those of my employer.

For further information, please contact me at JeanLittleLibrary(at)

About my job: My name is Jennifer Wharton and I am the Youth Services Librarian of the Matheson Memorial Library in Elkhorn. I am responsible for programming, collection development, marketing, and outreach for ages 0 to 18 as well as providing reference and reader's advisory for children and adults. I specialize in programming for preschool through middle school and am passionately interested in helping children explore the world through books and experiential programs.

In addition to my other blogs, I also review for No Flying No Tights. I have also written for SLJ BeTween (Nonfiction Notions) in the past.

About my personal library: My personal library, over 2,000 books, is named after Canadian author Jean Little. Check out her website for more information on this fabulous author! My library is open for viewing on LibraryThing, along with thousands of other books I have read but do not own.

Review Policy last updated January 2019