A Little Bookshelf is my homage to the world of children's literature. The reviews are for books that my daughters and I have loved. If we didn't like it, then you won't find it here. This is a completely biased and subjective web site - based on what I like. My qualifications are a lifetime of reading and enjoying the world of children's literature. I am completely independent and receive no kickbacks from publishers or online book retailers.
The suggested reading age is just that - a suggestion. My general rule of thumb is to read a book when you are the same age (or older) as the protagonist. You may find that the books are far too easy for your child or go over their heads. Each child is different, use your judgement and discretion about what is appropriate for your child, especially when they are younger. The rush for our kids to grow up faster than ever isn't limited to clothing or viewing choices it also extends to the books they read. Violence and bloodshed are becoming more common in books aimed at primary age school children. Personally, I find this trend deplorable. There is plenty of time for kids to grow up and read this kind of fiction if they so choose.
There are some authors that you discover and like so much that you want to read all the books they have ever written. A few of my favourites include Noel Streatfield, Elizabeth Enright, Garth Nix and Diana Wynne Jones. I have written a short bio for authors such as these that I love. You will find these mini bios in the authors section of the site.
Please leave your rating for a book in the comment section of each review. If you have a favourite book to reccomend that isn't on the site, please let me know. I love discovering new stories and authors!
And a big thank you to all those authors and illustrators out there, sharing their work with the children (and adults!) of the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you!