Rating books is hard! I know how much effort goes into writing and illustrating children’s picture books, middle grades texts, and young adult titles. And simplifying this really complex process into a mere number of stars can be challenging. But because I know how helpful a quick assessment can be for a fellow educator or parent trying to find a book, I rate books from 1 to 5 stars. Below you will find criteria I use for my star rating system.
Please keep in mind that I am only one reader. And our tastes may differ. And that’s perfectly okay.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars: This book is absolutely stellar. I definitely recommend that you go out to the bookstore (brick-and-mortar, preferably) and purchase this book right now. You need this book on your shelves. I recommend that you read it to your children and/or students. Immediately. I am recommending it to my students (all future teachers) to purchase for their classroom libraries. And I plan on reading it to my little boy over and over again. Either right now or when he gets just a bit older. This is seriously one of the best books I’ve read. This book is why I love all that is children’s, middle grades, and young adult literature.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars: This book is great. I recommend that you seriously think about heading to the bookstore (brick-and-mortar, preferably) and purchasing this book. I will probably read it to my students and my little boy. I might even read it a second time.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars: This book is good. I recommend that you check this book out from your public library in the future. I might mention the title to my students and read it to my little boy. I do not know if I will read it a second time.
⭐️⭐️ 2 stars: This book is alright. I am not sure if I recommend you checking this book out from the library in the future. I am not sure that I will share this title with my students or little boy.
⭐️ 1 star: This book is just not for me. I probably do not recommend that you check this book out.