Review Policy

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! This blog represents my personal views and not those of my employer.

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.

About me: I like guinea pigs, large furry dogs, gardening, walking, jigsaw puzzles, William Byrd, sewing, quilting, knitting, Ute Lemper, Bugs Bunny, opera, and apricots. I grew up in Austin, Texas and I aspire to live and work in the Puget Sound area someday.

Review Policy

I review:
  • Board books
  • Picture books
  • Easy readers and beginning chapters
  • Middle grade
  • Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Graphic Novels in all of the previous categories
I rarely review young adult, poetry, picture book biographies, or sequels.

Posting/Scheduling:
Monday: Nonfiction Monday (nonfiction reviews)
Tuesday: Read, Read, Read said the Baby (board book reviews)
Wednesday: fiction reviews
Friday: fiction reviews
Saturday: This Week at the Library
Sunday: RA RA READ (irregular)

I schedule reviews months in advance. 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, interviews or contests, but it doesn't hurt to ask, especially if you're an author I've previously reviewed.

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.

Review copies:
I do not review titles that are available only as ebooks. I do not accept self-published or vanity press titles. Review copies may be sent to me at my library:

Jennifer Wharton
Matheson Memorial Library
101 N. Wisconsin St.
Elkhorn WI 53121

Flying Off My Bookshelf
This is my secondary blog where I post short reviews and reactions to basically everything else I read that is not reviewed here. 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.

More about my other blogs

For further information, please contact me at JeanLittleLibrary(at)gmail.com.


Review Policy last updated March 27, 2014