What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that LitPick is a website that features reviews by young adults of young adult literature. Kids from all over the world review books there; your kids will appreciate the accessibility of kid opinions as opposed to Amazon or other sites with mixed-age audiences. Kids sign up with an adult sponsor and can then request a book, which will be sent to them as a hard copy (for a small fee) or as an ebook. It's a nice resource, and if your kid is a real bookworm, sign up and let them become a critic!
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- forming arguments
- text analysis
Thinking & Reasoning
- asking questions
- making conclusions
- thinking critically
- combining knowledge
- producing new content
- labeling feelings
- perspective taking
- conveying messages effectively
- respecting other viewpoints
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Reviews are fun to read, and kids who already enjoy YA literature will love browsing through them. Design is bold, colorful, and kid-friendly, although finding content could be a bit more intuitive.
Kids get to choose the books they review. Although they'll be reading the books for pleasure, they'll also be thinking critically. It's incredibly useful to learn to form opinions and to express them on the page.
There's plenty of guidance for kids and teachers. An FAQ list answers most questions, and the site has a blog and Facebook and Twitter profiles where it regularly posts review excerpts and updates.
What's it about?
LITPICK is a worldwide network of tween book reviewers that offers reviews on YA literature. Kids sign up with an adult sponsor and can then request a book, which will be sent to them as a hard copy (for a small fee) or as an ebook. After reading and deciding how they feel about the book, they can write a review using LitPick's online form. They'll be asked to enter the review, some keywords that other kids can use to search, and a content rating that will help define the appropriate audience.
Is it any good?
This site is really cool -- especially the ebook option, which sends you a book for free. Kids will feel important and recognized when their reviews are published online, and they'll enjoy getting books that they already wanted to read for free. Writing the review helps kids process what they've read, and they'll learn a lot as they formulate opinions. Book choices are limited to those on the LitPick list, but a lot of quality options are available, including many ultrapopular titles. There are some missed opportunities for communication: the forum, which could be a hotbed of conversation and debate, is pretty quiet, and there's no place to comment on individual reviews.
Families can talk about...
Talk to your kids about how people choose what they decide to read. Show them the New York Times book review or even the many reviews on Amazon; there's a lot of opinions out there about different books!
What makes a book "good," according to your kid? Is it a wild plot with twists and turns, or is it a character with whom they relate?