May 28, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Review Submissions

Submitting Review Materials

Interested in having your title reviewed by School Library Journal?
Please read the guidelines below.

Books | Videos & Audio Recordings
Online Resources

Submission Terms & Conditions

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 materials that are already held in most library collections serving children and young adults. Each title is evaluated on its literary and illustrative quality, its clarity and accuracy of presentation, as well as its appeal to the intended audience.

Submission does not guarantee review. Due to the great volume of materials submitted and space limitations, we cannot review every work sent to us. The editors decide which books and multimedia materials to review based upon potential interest to SLJ readers. All submissions of books and multimedia materials become the sole property of Mediasource, Inc.; requests for return of materials or other restrictions cannot be honored. Due to the volume of materials received, receipt or acknowledgment of submitted materials is not possible. Similarly, information on the status of submitted material is not available.

If a work is selected for review and the review scheduled for publication, notification will often be sent to the publisher shortly before the magazine is made available; all reviews are final and not subject to change. Due to the volume of submissions and reviews in progress, it is not always possible to communicate with every publisher about the publication status of every review.


School Library Journal reviews new children’s and young adult general trade books, original paperbacks, reference books, and professional development titles for librarians and educators. The reviews are available in our monthly magazine and online, as well as licensed to book distributors and vendors. In order to be considered for review, books must be of national interest and be readily available from national distributors. Two copies of the book must be received at least three months before the month of publication. Books received later than that are generally not considered. Galleys and Advanced Reading Copies 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.

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 two copies of the book and the following bibliographic information: author, title, binding(s), price(s), publication month and year, ISBN(s). Occasionally, a third copy of a book may be requested.

Send materials to: SLJ Book Review, School Library Journal, 123 William St., Suite 802, New York, NY 10038

For questions related to book submissions to SLJ, please contact Ashleigh Williams;

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DVDs & Audio Recordings

DVDs and audio recordings (audiobooks and CDs) are eligible for review if they were released during the current year and designed for an audience preschool 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, 123 William St., Suite 802, New York, NY 10038; 646-380-0729;

Send DVDs (either screeners or the final copy) to Kent Turner, 123 William St., Suite 802, New York, NY 10038; 646-380-0751;

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Apps, Online Resources and Databases

Reference products and online resources, designed for students through the 12th grade and released during the past year should be sent to Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal, 123 William St., Suite 802, New York, NY 10038; 646-380-0727;

For app review consideration, please send information to Daryl Grabarek;

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