Watch Fun Kids’ Book Reviews by Kids and Join the Club!

Fun Kids' Book Reviews

Be sure to watch fun clips from our kids’ book reviews by kids!

This video, intended to introduce you to Roving Reader Leaders, includes short clips from kids’ book reviews about six fun children’s books. In addition, be sure to watch a clip in which our Reader Leader Chief interviews one of his favorite others, Laurie Sutton, author of numerous “You Choose Stories: Scooby Doo” books.

Our kid book reviewers rate and discuss The Mystery of the Aztec Tomb, Walter the Farting Dog, Good Dog, Carl, Scooby-Doo and The Rock ‘N Roll Zombie, and give a quick–and very high–rating to Magic Tree House books at the very end.

We invite comments about our kids’ book reviews by kids from teachers, librarians, parents and teens and children. You can comment in the comment section of the video, or you can comment here. We want to hear from you.

Are the kids doing a good job reviewing? What books would you like the Roving Reader Leaders to review? Do you want to know how to join the club?

At Roving Reader Leaders, our mission is to get kids actively engaged in reading, discussion and analysis in fun ways!

Teachers, parents and librarians can sign their young readers up for our club (free) and subscribe to our Free KidLit Newsletter.

Through our club, young readers take part in in-person, online and phone KidLit Chats and learn how to do book reviews and author interviews. They earn Roving Reader Leader badges and T-shirts by doing book reviews and author interviews, sending us photos, and participating in book discussions on our social media.

Sign up for our club: on our “Join the Club” page and get our KidLit Newsletter here:Get Our KidLit News

If you’re an author, you can submit your children’s book for review on our KidLit Book Reviews page

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Kidlit Lover, Age 8, Stays up ’til 1 am Enjoying “Teddy Mars” Book

KidLit Lover, Age 8, Reviews Teddy Mars

KidLit Lover Michael, age 8, chief of the Roving Reader Leaders, stayed up ’til 1 am finishing “Teddy Mars Book #1: Almost a World Record Breaker” by Molly B. Burnham. In this video review, conducted on a rope swing, Michael explains why he insisted on staying up ’til 1 and why he loves the book series. He describes his favorite characters and gives Molly B. Burnham a few tips.

Watch his review here:


In the Teddy Mars series, Burnham relates the adventures of Teddy Mars, a boy in a big family who wants to break a world record. A key character is Jake, the destructor, Teddy Mars’s brother.

Michael promises to review Book 2, which he recently finished.

Who are the Roving Reader Leaders? They’re kid book lovers who do video reviews of kidlit in all sorts of places–including on rope swings, as Michael does in this review. They’ve also reviewed books in a taxi, a gym, a library, a book store, and on a few playgrounds.

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Michael began doing book reviews at age 5 and appeared on the Today Show for his love of books and his video reviews. Watch him on the Today Show here:

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Roving Kidlit Reviewer, Age 8, Reviews this Series on a Ranch in Hawaii!

Michael, age 8, our roving Kidlit reviewer, reviews “Show and Tell” from Abby Klein’s “Double Trouble” series while visiting a ranch in Hawaii.

He makes a request of author Abby Klein, and gives the bad news about this series.

Watch Michael’s review here:

Why do our Roving Reader Leaders review children’s books in parks, bookstores, libraries, and on playgrounds and at ranches? First of all, because it’s fun. Second, when we’re out and about, kids often ask what we’re doing–and we can spread our enthusiasm for children’s books. Michael and friends have reviewed books in a number of states, including Montana, Connecticut, Oregon and New York. They’ve reviewed books on city streets, in taxis, and in ski lodges.

Want to follow the Roving Reader Leaders while they’re out and about reviewing books–and also interviewing authors? Follow our KidLit Newsletter here:

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Which KidLit Books are Our Reader Leaders Excited About?

Kids' Dog Book Reviewers
KidLit Books
Some of Our KidLit Books Reviewers

Which KidLit Books are our Roving Reader Leaders excited about this summer?

Levko, age 8, and Lukyan, age 10, are visiting Switzerland for two months. They just got library cards and checked out some of the books in the “Wimpy Kid” series plus “Bad Kitty for President.”

Kerrigan, age 8, is reading the “Dragon Keepers” series and says the best book in that series is “How to Train Your Dragon.”

Wesley, age 10, is reading “Stick Dog Tries to Take the Donuts,” and his sister, Margot, age 8, just finished “Kiki:My Stylish Life.”

Michael, age 8, is reading the “Squish” and “Babymouse” graphic novels, plus the “Teddy Mars” and the “Galaxy Zack” series. He just finished a few of the books in the “Eeerie Elementary” series and is eagerly waiting for more “Rider Woofson” books to be published.

KidLit Review: Baby Mouse
KidLit Review: Baby Mouse

Our Recent Video Reviews

In case you missed it, our Roving Reader Leaders have done video reviews of some of the books above. Here they are:

Infinity-Star Book Reviews by Kids Age 6-13—Plus a Thank You

In our most recent review, Michael, age 8, reviews the detective dog series “Rider Woofson.” In the first of the two videos about this series, he provides an overview of the series and its characters. In the second video, he gives the first two books an infinity-star rating!

We were thrilled when Rider Woofson’s illustrator, Ben Whitehouse, sent us this thank-you illustration:

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Thank you from illustrator Ben Whitehouse

Here’s Michael’s overview of “Rider Woofson:”

And here’s his infinity-star rating of “Rider Woofson:”

This summer, a few of our Reader Leaders are enthralled with the “Babymouse” series and can’t stop reading these graphic novels. Delilah gives you her review here:

We also recently reviewed “The Notebook of Doom” series. In this video, our chief KidLit reviewer makes a few requests of author Troy Cummings—including “Write more books!”

In response to Michael’s request, Mr. Cummings promised to write more books. He also made another promise…We’ll keep you posted about that one in future newsletters.

The Roving Reader Leaders also do KidLit author interviews, and are lining up some exciting ones. If you haven’t seen our interview with author Laurie Sutton, you might want to check it out on our YouTube page here:

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KidLit Lover, Age 7, Gives Author Advice and Makes Request

KidLit Lover Makes Request of Troy Cummings

KidLit Lover Michael, age 7, gives author Troy Cummings some advices and makes an important request in this video.

Michael, who is chief of the Roving Reader Leaders, reviews “The Notebook of Doom” series in this video from his car seat and in a gym with his friend, Danielle.

Our chief gives the second book in the Notebook of Doom series, “Day of the Night Crawlers,” a 1-million-star out of a possible 1-million-stars rating, saying the book is funny and he loves the monsters.

Watch Michael’s review here:


When we tweeted the video to Troy Cummings, he said, “Whoa! I used to think 4-star reviews were terrific…but this critic gave me A MILLION STARS! Thanks, Michael!” He then accepted Michael’s challenge to write and illustrate more books and asked if 13 total was enough.

Of course, that’s not enough! Michael requested at least 35 more funny, wonderfully illustrated Troy Cummings books.

As chief of the Roving Reader Leaders, Michael reviews books in gyms, parks, taxis, museums and on city streets and playgrounds. Our aim is to get kids actively engaged in reading and analysis.

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Watch a TV interview about the Kidlit-loving group:Boy Shares Passion for Books By Creating Book Club

And if you have questions or comments, email us at!

KidLit Review: Why This 8-Yr-Old Loves “Babymouse”

KidLit Review: Baby Mouse

In this KidLit Review by Delilah, our newest Roving Reader Leader, we learn about “Babymouse,” a graphic novel series about Babymouse and her friends. The series features her buddy, Wilson, who always helps Babymouse, and Francine, who’s a bully. Delilah especially likes the daydream sequences, in which the narrator says funny things to Babymouse that nobody else can hear. Our kidlit reviewer says the best part of Babymouse is the number of books in the series!

Watch her video review here:

In the review we included a poll. We’d love for you to answer our questions! What do you think of Babymouse? Do you like graphic novels? And a few other questions: Do our video book reviews help you decide whether you want to read the book we’re reviewing? Are there issues we’re not covering? Do you like our book rating system (which is basically any number of stars the reviewer want to give a book).

Here’s an Amazon review of Babymouse that gives more detail:
“Meet Babymouse—Her dreams are big! Her imagination is wild! Her whiskers are ALWAYS a mess! In her mind, she’s Queen of the World! In real life…she’s not even Queen of the lunch table.”

If you’d like to learn more about the Roving Reader Leaders, check out this video:

Our book lovers also interview authors. Most recently, Michael, chief of the Roving Reader Leaders, interviewed one of his favorite authors, Laurie Sutton.

Here’s their interview:

He also interviewed Cynthia Bardes, author of the Pansy the Poodle book series. We’ve got a long list of authors our KidLit lovers want to interview, so stay tuned!

If you’ve got book lovers in your household, they’re welcome to join the team. We work with bookworms via Skype and in person. Email us at

Why Do Our Reader Leaders Review Kids’ Books in Gyms?

Reader Leaders Review Kids' Books
Reader Leaders Review Kids' Books
Reader Leader Chief Reviewing in Indoor Playground

Why do the Roving Reader Leaders review kids’ books in gyms, indoor playgrounds, parks, libraries and bookstores?

First of all, we want to give you an example. In this video, Michael, age 7, chief of the Roving Reader Leaders, reviews “The Case of the School Ghost,” a Buddy Files book, at an indoor playground. At the end of each of his reviews, the interviewer says she hopes he’ll be back soon for another kids’ book review. He always says, “Why don’t we do it now?” and in this case, he slides down a slide.

Watch the review here–but beware, there’s a spoiler!

Back to the initial question. Why do our KidLit lovers review books in all these kid-friendly places? It all began three years ago, when we (Michael and Lisa Cohn) were preparing to release our first kids’ dog book. We created Michael’s Books and Dog Blog and decided that our young book lover would review dog books on YouTube. It was his idea to do our reviews in libraries, parks, bookstores, gyms, taxis and museums.

And we established a specific book review format–created by Michael. Lisa would introduce him, he’d do the review, then she’d say, “I hope to have you back soon,” at which point he’d say, “Why don’t we do it now?” and then do something silly. In the reviews, he falls down, slides down slides, licks the camera, or finds some other important way to remind the viewer that he’s just a kid.

Soon enough, Michael, then age 5, appeared on the Today Show for his book reviews. You can watch the story here:
Book Crazy Boy, 5, A Budding Literary Critic

By reviewing KidLit in parks, gyms, museums, bookstores and libraries, we hope to get other children involved in the Roving Reader Leaders–or, at least, to remind them about how important–and fun–it is to read and discuss children’s books.

Questions or comments? Email us at!

Kids’ Dog Book Reviewers Give “Lost Boy” 99-Zillion-Star Rating!

Kids' Dog Book Reviewers
Kids' Dog Book Reviewers
Kids’ Dog Book Reviewers

Our team of kids’ dog book reviewers, age 7-10, love The Buddy Files, a dog mystery series starring Buddy, a detective dog.

Three Roving Reader Leaders–Michael, age 7, Margot, age 7, and Wesley, age 10–review “The Case of the Lost Boy” by Dori Hillestad Butler in the video below, giving it a number of top ratings, including 99 zillion trillion stars.

Our reader leaders are “roving” because they conduct their reviews in parks, gyms, libraries, bookstores and other places kids can be found. In this video, they’re at a library where they often meet. Margot and Michael goof around a bit, falling off their chairs and sniffing each other (the way the main character in the book sniffs people). After all, they’re only 7–while Wesley, who is 10, takes his job as kidlit reviewer very seriously. Don’t get me wrong–Margot and Michael take their job seriously, too–in a 7-year-old kind of way.

Here’s their review:

Wesley gives the book a six-star rating, saying he’d like the dog, Buddy, to talk in the series.

Coming soon is a review of another “Buddy Files” book, “The Case of the School Ghost,” filmed in a gym.

“The Case of the Lost Boy” is the first in the series, and introduces Buddy, who lost contact with his beloved owners and ended up in the pound. The mystery in this book introduces readers to Buddy’s new family, and keeps you wondering what happened to his old family.

Michael, who is chief of the Roving Reader Leaders, loves dog-book mysteries, and has reviewed many Scooby-Doo books, as well as Pansy the Poodle mysteries.

In addition to reviewing books, the Roving Reader Leaders like to interview authors–especially dog book authors. Recently, Michael interviewed Laurie Sutton, author of many Scooby-Doo books. You can watch his interview below: Who do you think the Roving Reader Leaders will interview next?

Questions or comments? Be sure to email us at!

KidLit Reviewer, Age 7, Explains Why Captain Underpants is So Funny!

KidLit Reviewer

In this video book review, KidLit reviewer, Michael, age 7, explains–and accidentally demonstrates–why the potty humor in “Captain Underpants” is so funny.

During this kids’ book review, Michael, suffering from a mild stomach upset, accidentally toots. Watch the whole video to see how hard he laughs and what he says next! He also demonstrates wedgie power.

Watch the video here:

The two main characters, Harold and George, he says, are very creative and funny. They’re not trying to be mean. They’re just trying to “take a comeback to the teacher,” who is mean. “All the teachers in Captain Underpants are mean,” he explained after he did this book review. “Except in book Five, Ms. Ribble is no longer mean. She is turned into someone like George and Harold who does inappropriate things. I like her a lot!” says our KidLit reviewer.

Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey, has been banned by many schools because of the potty humor. In fact, it was THE most banned book series in 2012, according to Business Insider.

If you watch this video, you’ll understand why kids love Captain Underpants. In fact, many parents say that the humor in these books inspired their kids to read.

As for Michael and the other boy members of the Roving Reader Leaders, their rating of Captain Underpants is an overwhelming thumbs up. They love the potty humor. But that’s not all. Michael says that he thinks the characters are creative in an inspiring way. In other words, they challenge authority–but they’re not really mean.

If a series makes kids laugh, inspires them to read, and teaches them to be creative, think for themselves and challenge authority, why exactly should it be banned?

If you don’t like Captain Underpants and would like to see schools ban it, we’d love to hear from you!

If your kids were inspired to read by Captain Underpants, we’d love to hear from you. And stay tuned, we’ve got another review of this controversial KidLit series coming up–by four young males members of the Roving Reader Leaders.  Email us at if you’d like to comment, have kids join our club, or are interested in doing some online “KidLit Chats” with Michael and friends!




Meet Our Newest KidLit Lovers and Reader Leaders!

Our Newest Reader Leaders and KidLit Lovers
Our Newest KidLit Lovers
Our Newest KidLit Lovers, Reader Leaders







Meet our newest KidLit lovers and Roving Reader Leaders!

Ahmed, a curious and charismatic unschooled 7-year-old, loves being read to, and enjoys chapter books like Dragon Slayer’s Academy, A to Z Mysteries, and The Magic Tree House series.

When not plotting to save the world or engrossed in a super-hero duel with his younger brother, Rahim, Ahmed can be found dreaming about his future empire, Bath Castle, where he creates hand-made fizzie bath bombs and aromatherapy soaking salts. He also loves playing with friends, soccer, climbing trees, pokemon, ninjago and building legos.

Ahmed helped review this new Christmas book, “The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish,”

Deborah Diesen, author of this book, sent us a tweet saying the kids had made her “very merry” by doing this review. She told the kids to keep reading! We love connecting with authors and often interview them.

Featured in this review is Keiragan, age 8, is a huge book lover and reader. Along with “The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish,” her favorite holiday books include “The Mitten,”
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Bear Stays Up for Christmas” and “Llama Llama Jingle Bells.”

Our Newest Reader Leaders and KidLit Lovers
Our Newest Reader Leaders

Also new to the kidlit lovers team at Roving Reader Leaders are a sister-brother team, Margot, age 7, and Wesley, age 10. You can see them in the photo above to the right, reviewing books, along with our chief, Michael. Like Ahmed, they are homeschooled.

Margot loves dogs–especially pugs! She and Wesley recently reviewed a “Buddy Files” book for us, which we’ll be sharing soon. They were also interviewed for this nice piece in the Beaverton Valley Times:

For Roving Reader Leaders, It’s All About Loving Books

We love how the author of this article begins the piece. Very funny!

In addition to being featured in the Beaverton Valley Times, Roving Reader Leaders was also featured by Fox-12 Oregon. This nice piece gives details about how our club was founded:

Boy Shares Passion for Reading By Creating Book Club

If you’re a parent or teacher who’s interested in having your kidlit lovers join our club, be sure to email us at! You can also sign up for our club here:
Join the Roving Reader Leaders club!

Our aim is to get kids actively engaged in reading, discussion and analysis in fun ways!