About Me / Review Policy

My name is Tanya Turek and I believe that reading the right book can be a transformative experience. As a mother, children's bookseller for almost 20 years, ardent reader of children's literature, and elementary school librarian, I want to help kids start their reading journey on the right path and spark a life long love of reading. My reviews are thoughtful and insightful and I provide excellent suggestions for similar titles that will ensure readers are never without a good book in hand.

I began working as a children's bookseller in 1995 and was with Barnes & Noble for almost two decades. I had an amazing year working as an assistant to a literary agent who represents many of the greats from the world of kid's books. Reading manuscripts, queries, and diving into every other aspect of the publishing world sharpened my critical skills and deepened my love of kid's books as well as my desire to spark this passion in young readers. In a move that feels like winning the Trifecta, I embarked on a career as elementary school librarian in 2013. I am so excited about the all the new possibilities (and readers) ahead of me! 

I have three children (25, 21 and 14) with very different reading interests and I have completely enjoyed supporting and shaping their passions and learning even more about kid's books in the process. It continually amazes me how the world of children's literature has changed just in the decade since my oldest and youngest started their reading careers. It just keeps getting better and better.


I will not review the following types of books:

Anything published by Amazon or an imprint of Amazon

Any work that exists in eBook format only

Any work by an author/illustrator who does not have a literary agent

Any work that is self-published or published by a house that requires payment from the author

I do review titles from the following houses:

Abrams Amulet
Candlewick Press / Walker Books
Chronicle Books
Creston Books
Drawn & Quarterly
Enchanted Lion Books
First Second
Harper Collins
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Penguin Random House
Princeton Architectural Press
Quarry Books
Simon & Schuster