Our main goal with 'BookBairn' (the blog, not my child!) is to enjoy reading stories together, blogging about what we are enjoying ...

Review Policy

Wednesday, May 08, 2019 BookBairn 0 Comments

Our main goal with 'BookBairn' (the blog, not my child!) is to enjoy reading stories together, blogging about what we are enjoying reading and discussing books. As such, our review policy is one that shows our reality that blogging is Mummy's hobby (a passion project rather than a job), and therefore needs to be fun and enjoyable!

Review Policy

We are always happy (delighted, in fact) to hear from publishers, authors and illustrators about books and review opportunities.

All books are accepted on a review consideration basis. This means that we cannot, unfortunately, guarantee to review every book we receive. 

We often post photographs of books on Instagram, or mention them on Twitter and Facebook, even if we do not intend to write a full review on our blog. We couldn't possibly review all the books we receive on the blog and as a guarantee of quality we only review the best books!

Books which are sent by publishers, authors and illustrators free for review purposes will be labelled clearly on our social media as "sent for review". Books that have been reviewed for a fee will be labelled with the hashtag #ad . On the blog, each post will be labelled with an appropriate disclaimer as to where the books came from.

We aim to review books sent from publishers/authors in a timely fashion but cannot guarantee immediate review as the blog also reflects BookBairn's or The Wee Page Turner's current interests and we review what we are currently reading.

We focus positively on books as they are wonderful. If we aren't fans of a particular book we prefer not to review it as, in my opinion, there's no such thing as a bad book, just a bad fit for the reader at that moment in time. 

We only accept print books for review as BookBairn and The Wee Page Turner do not enjoy e-books, preferring to interact with a book by turning pages themselves. (They also don't photograph well).

We will always respond to a review request whether we intend to review a book or not.

We do our best to tag authors, illustrators and publishers in our social media posts and can email alerting you when blog posts are published.

Please note whilst I don't out and out refuse to review self-published books, I rarely do as I get sent so many requests for these. I accept self-published books for review as an exception rather than a rule.

What we like
We are interested in all sort of books but BookBairn particularly likes books aimed at pre-school children. She loves picture books with a slightly longer story, engaging characters and illustrations that bring to life the story. She also loves non-fiction books about the world around us and animals, especially if they have an interactive element like lift-the-flaps or pull tabs and twist wheels. We are beginning to look for early chapter books to explore together too. The Wee Page Turner loves touch and feel books, lift-the-flaps or other sorts of interactive books. Basic word books and primers also go down well, especially ones with animals and transport. If you want to see our current favourites check out our 'Favourites Shelf' page, which is updated seasonally.

This Review Policy was last updated 30 April 2019. Feel free to contact me using the information on our contact us page here or email bookbairn [at] gmail.com