Welcome to my blog devoted to exemplary children’s books. I’m Janice Floyd Durante, and I’ve worked as a journalist, an English teacher, and a school librarian. With graduate degrees in English and in library science, I’ve published book reviews, poetry, and feature articles in local and national venues.
I started this blog in 2010 as a way to celebrate books that enrich the lives of children ages 6 to 12. I review only books I admire, books that cultivate a child’s sense of peace, justice, respect and curiosity. Since I believe it is essential to read aloud to the young, I look for literature that is pleasing to the ear, as well as to the spirit. I am grateful for the books publishers send me, but I reserve the right to express my views freely or not at all if I do not see sufficient merit in the work.
Please respect the intention and originality of my work. If you would like to quote from it, cite the source, as I do. If, despite my sincere efforts, anyone should feel I have not given proper attribution, please contact me and I will make appropriate changes immediately. This web site is a volunteer, nonprofit activity.
Thanks for your interest. If you’d like to contact me, feel free to leave a comment on this page.