School Library Journal reviews new children’s and young adult general trade books, original paperbacks, and reference books from established publishers. The reviews are available in our monthly magazine and on-line. In order to be considered for review, books must be of national interest and be readily available from national distributors at an institutional discount. SLJ does not review books for parents or teachers, reissues, textbooks, books that have blanks to be filled in by readers, direct submissions from authors, or books that are self-published. Two copies of the book must be received at least two months before the month of publication. Books received later than that will not be considered. Galleys may be submitted; however, they must be followed by two copies of the finished book. Review coverage is not automatic; many books submitted are not reviewed, mainly due to limited page space.
It takes a minimum of three months from the time a book arrives for it to be reviewed. No review is published until SLJ has received a publisher’s catalog, two copies of the book, and the following bibliographic information: author, title, binding(s), price(s), publication month and year, ISBN(s), Library of Congress number (or notice that there will not be one) and whether or not Cataloging in Publication data will appear in the book. Occasionally, a third copy of a book may be requested.
School Library Journal’s reviews are both positive and negative, and make recommendations both for and against purchase. Our reviewers are encouraged to compare newer titles to books that are already held in most library collections serving children and young adults. Each title is evaluated on its literary and illustrative quality or on its clarity and accuracy of presentation. If a review is scheduled for publication, notification will be sent to the publisher shortly before the magazine is available; at this time, all reviews are final and not subject to change.
Send materials to: SLJ Book Review, School Library Journal, 160 Varick Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10013
DVDs and Audio recordings (audiobooks and CDs) are eligible for review if they were released during the current year and designed for an audience through the 12th grade. Please submit the material along with information on grade level, running time, copyright, release date, price, and an ordering address.
Send audio recordings to: Stephanie Klose, 160 Varick Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10013; 646-380-0729; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send DVDs (either screeners or the final copy) to Kent Turner, 160 Varick Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10013; 646-380-0751; email@example.com.
Reference CD-ROMs and online resources, designed for students through the 12th grade and released during the past year should be sent to Kathy Ishizuka, Technology Editor, School Library Journal, 160 Varick Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10013; 646-380-0727; firstname.lastname@example.org.