Book Reviews for Kids, By Kids. This free web site for students is under student activities in the Teacher section of the main Scholastic site but simply follow the link to Share What You're Reading here. It is recommended for grade groups 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
In an introduction Scholastic states:
Students can Write a Review, after consulting our helpful tips. Then, they can preview and send their work to Scholastic.
What books are other kids reading? Students can Read Book Reviews to find out, sorting by grade or by genre, from the classics to fantasy and science fiction to spooky books and more.
Simply click on the button on the home page to read the recommendations of other student reviewers. Users can search by genre or grade level. Whether you are writing a review or reading other reviews it is very easy to navigate within the pages at this site.
In browsing through the reviews it appears that length is up to the reviewer's choice or perhaps an assignment requirement; lengths varied from a single sentence to several paragraphs. Our students can never get enough writing. This application allows them to be concise, carefully choosing words which will express their exact sentiment and gives them a venue to air their opinions knowing that other students will be doing the reading. Several reviews are featured and there is a link to a Books & Authors web page at Scholastic which is a fantastic resource for teachers.
Thanks again to Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers for posting about this excellent opportunity on his blog.