Our Student Book Review Reading and Writing Program
LitPick Received Gold Award from Mom's Choice
COMMENTS FROM EDUCATORS AND PARENTS ABOUT
OUR STUDENT BOOK REVIEW READING AND WRITING PROGRAM:
"I want to thank you for giving these girls the opportunity to review for you. We are located in a very rural part of Ohio and often these students don't get these types of opportunities. I know that they both have gained self-confidence in their reading, their writing, and themselves throughout the course of the two years I have known them--much of that is due to your program. Though they only reviewed a few books for you, it has made the world of difference. I hope other preteens and teens are affected in this way by reviewing for LitPick."
SS – Ohio
"I love all that you do to promote reading with kids, preteens, teens, and adults!!"
KW – Virginia
"Thank you for your work! Love those new YA books!"
HY – Utah
"Love your site! I look there all the time to find GREAT book suggestions!"
LC - California
"I use your site to create a homeschooling book list for my homeschooled students. A lot of them are now about middle school age and I really like that you have a good number of teen books to read on your site. Your student book reviews online are also very helpful when I am trying to figure out what to recommend to my group. Keep up the great work."
AP - Indiana
LitPick Received Best Wesbite Award from AASL
COMMENTS FROM A LITPICK GROUP SPONSOR IN OUR STUDENT BOOK REVIEW READING AND WRITING PROGRAM:
What do you do as a LitPick sponsor? "As a LitPick Sponsor I read, make minor edits, and evaluate student book reviews. As I read a review, I make any small changes (like typos or left out words) that will make the review more readable. If there are other changes to be made, I send the reviewer a note along with my suggestions for changes. However, that is not all I do as a sponsor. I teach my students about the site and how to use it to chose books. I introduce my students to book reviews and teach them the difference between book reviews and book reports."
Why did you decide to be a LitPick sponsor? "I was introduced to the site through one of my students. She loved being a book reviewer and was always telling me of the great books she read. I became a sponsor to help give some of my other students an outlet for their creative voices. I noticed some students had a gift for writing and a love for reading. LitPick was the perfect fit for them."
What is the best or most rewarding part of it? "The most rewarding part of being a LitPick sponsor is seeing my students' self-confidence as readers and writers grow. Seeing them enjoy good books is very rewarding, but knowing that they are also communicating their thoughts and feelings about the books to other teens is even better."
What types of books do you like to read? "My reading interests range from elementary picture books (Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake) to elementary humor (Flora and Uylsses) to young adult fantasy (Unwind) to poetry (Langston Hughes). I am not sure I can be confined to just one category. If the book is well-written, I will probably enjoy it!"
What do you do when you aren’t doing your LitPick sponsor duties? "What I love about LitPick is that it doesn't take too much time out of my schedule. I can quickly read and evaluate a review, approve it, or send a note with my changes all from the same page on the LitPick Sponsor page. Then, I go back to being a Librarian/Reading Teacher. When I am not working, I enjoy time with my husband, children, and grandchildren. I also enjoy photography and my ladies book club at the nicest little store in town."
Is there anything else we should know about you? "I love the fact that LitPick allows students to rate the books based on the content maturity level. They can rate the book and then explain if it is language, sex, or violence that makes them think it is a book for more mature readers. It is helpful to me as a librarian and as a book guide to my own grandchildren."
LitPick Revieved AiA Best Website Award
COMMENTS FROM AN AUTHOR
WHO HAS SUBMITTED FREE READING BOOKS FOR REVIEW IN OUR STUDENT BOOK REVIEW READING AND WRITING PROGRAM:
"Being a part of LitPick means being able to share your love of books with readers, reviewers and writers from around the world. It has been so rewarding as an Australian author to be able to interact and share my experiences and advice with the students and aspiring writers from all the way across the globe. The team at LitPick are wonderful, and the student reviewers are so fantastic in their enthusiasm for reading and their book recommendations for their peers. I encourage anyone who lives and breathes books to join LitPick and become a part of the community. It costs nothing but opens you up to a whole world of possibilities."