It’s Like Goodreads for Kids: Meet the Creators of

If your 8-to-12-year-old kids love to read, you may want to introduce them! The site, launched by children’s publishing professionals Karen Wang and Nancy Tsai in 2009, has a brilliantly simple concept: Recommendations of kids’ books from fellow kids. Who better to suggest a great read than your peers? In addition to kid-written reviews (330 and counting), there are author interviews; Karen and Nancy’s book suggestions, movie reviews, and blog posts; sweepstakes for signed books; teacher-friendly content packages (book list, podcast, and video) on a wide variety of themes; and plenty more. And the site practically bursts with a genuine sense of fun and an unbridled enthusiasm for the world of reading. I recently sat down with Karen and Nancy to discuss their website, trends in middle-grade literature, and recent children’s books that they think are awesome. 

Media Darlings: What is the basic philosophy behind the site?
Karen Wang: We know from research that independent reading for pleasure tends to drop off around the age of 8. One of the main reasons is that kids just don’t know what to read next. We thought we should create a site where they get recommendations of great books that they would enjoy reading, but get those recommendations from other kids. So it’s peer-to-peer, instead of always having to rely on a teacher, or a librarian, or god forbid, your own parents!
Nancy Tsai: Also, since we do keep up with the latest book news—we both work in children’s publishing and the book world—it’s a good place for kids to find out about new series and titles. For example, they might love Percy Jacksonand [series’ author] Rick Riordan, but they might not know when he’s going to have a new book out. So the site helps build excitement for new releases.

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Maggie Hames is the Editor-In-Chief of Media Darlings, a blog that features reviews of all types of kid's media and events, including cinema, tv, apps, books, and music. 


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