The Shelf Life of a Children’s Book

Well, when we opened the door as a PMA-registered review service, we thought we would get a “couple” books. During the first week we were receiving nearly 30 a day, now it’s down to just one or two a day. Still, at the one-month mark, we’re looking at bookshelves loaded with about 200 new books to read.

The titles cover every conceivable subject, with plenty to share in each of our age groups. We are thrilled to see the offerings from smaller publishing houses, as well as the creative tools authors and publishers are using to make books come to life (especially for reluctant readers and those requiring remedial reading work). There will be plenty for us to offer for families homeschooling, as well, because we have lots of interactive and themed materials (especially science), as well as workbooks.

Needless to say, with 200 books on our “to do” list, the process will be slow-going to get the reviews up on the Web site. We have traditionally posted reviews within 4 to 6 weeks, but it will likely be closer to 10 to 12 weeks for the short term. There’s still time for summer reading, and the invitation is always open to join us as a Reading Tub family. We’ll send you the books, you send us the profile after you’ve shared them with your children.

We’ll begin posting links for the reviews this fall, so stay tuned.