Review Policy

I love discovering new and favorite books to pair with daily holidays for Celebrate Picture Books! Whether your book is funny, thoughtful, poignant, or quirky, fiction or nonfiction, I’d love to read it! If you would like to submit your book for review consideration, please read my policy below.

General Information

I am currently accepting Picture Books for review and can be reached by email at celebratepicturebooks@gmail.com.

I accept print ARCs, galleys, finished copies, and PDFs of upcoming and frontlist titles. I will also accept backlist titles that are still widely available online and/or with booksellers.

I will consider Indie Press picture books, but they must be widely available in bookstores and with online booksellers. 

Accepting Books

In keeping with the theme of this blog, if I love the book I will research an appropriate well-known or unusual holiday to pair it with and will post the review on that particular date. 

I also match books to month-long observances, such as Women’s History Month or Poetry Month and will review a selection of books appropriate for that theme and publish reviews throughout the month.

The book does not have to have a direct connection with a holiday, as I often use a loose interpretation in creating matches. For example The Bear and the Piano represented Record Store Day.

For upcoming titles, I am happy to work with publicists and/or authors to find or suggest an appropriate holiday observed close to the release date of the book. If you know of a holiday that would correspond to your book, I will gladly consider posting a review on that date. 

Here are calendars of upcoming holidays available for pairing. If you find a holiday you would like for me to match with your book, please contact me.

 July | August | September

If I accept a book to read, that does not guarantee a review.

Accepting Activities

If an author or illustrator would like to further promote their book or website by providing the activity that will represent the day’s holiday, I’m happy to accept a puzzle sheet, coloring page, or other activity.

I would display an image of the sheet or activity along with any supplies and/or directions necessary, would provide a link to the author’s and/or illustrator’s website, and would credit the artist or designer of the activity.

I would require a high-resolution PNG or JPEG image or PDF.

Review Structure

Every review will include the following:

  • Cover art
  • Interior art if available
  • A paragraph about that day’s holiday
  • Publishing information: Title, author, illustrator, publisher, release date, ISBN
  • An accompanying activity for children that is pertinent to the holiday being celebrated that day, week, or month. A photograph of the finished project, a supply list, and directions for completing the activity are included. There are often links to printable content.
  • I can also add a link to the author and/or illustrator’s website(s) if desired as well as the trailer for the book, as available.

Contacting Me

If you have questions about Celebrate Picture Books and my review policy, just ask! My email is celebratepicturebooks@gmail.comYou can also find me on Twitter @CelebratePicBks.

Thanks – I’m looking forward to reading your books!

Kathy