Review Policy

Are you disabled? Want to discuss disability representation in MG and YA novels? We’d love to have you.

Are you an author/publicist and want to submit a review copy? Awesome! We’re always excited to hear from you. Please read the next few paragraphs to make sure your book qualifies for our site, then email us with details.

WHICH BOOKS WILL WE REVIEW?

We’re most interested in middle grade and young adult books featuring disabled main characters, but we’ll also discuss books featuring prominent disabled secondary characters, such as love interests, best friends, siblings, and parents. “Magical” disabilities (eg: this character is telepathic/a werewolf) don’t count.

We will only review books by major publishers, in our case defined as publishers with significant bookstore presence. 

If you’re a potential reviewer and already have a book in mind: great! If you’re not sure yet, we suggest browsing our Goodreads shelves. Pay particular attention to our wishlist shelf, which highlights books we especially want reviews for. We’re happy to help you brainstorm if you’re looking for a specific type of book.

WHAT KIND OF REVIEWS DO WE WANT?

We’re looking for reviews between 500 and 2000 words which center on the novel’s portrayal of disability. Suggested angles:

  • Were the technical details accurate? Did the author overlook or exaggerate anything?
  • What about the cultural details? Were the character’s experiences realistic?
  • What about the character’s role in the plot? Were they treated respectfully?
  • What about stereotypes? Did the author rely on misinformation or problematic tropes?

For examples, take a look at previous reviews.

While reviewers can submit a review in its finished state, we recommend talking to us beforehand so we can agree on a book together.

WHO CAN BE A REVIEWER?

We don’t care about our contributors’ credentials. Whether you’re a seasoned blogger, professional reviewer, or have never written a review in your life, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Our only real requirement is that contributors only review books featuring characters whose disabilities they share–or similar disabilities, at least. For more information about how we define this, check out our page about contributors.

HOW DO I GET THE BOOKS? 

Unfortunately, Disability in Kidlit doesn’t have a budget for review copies. We’ll happily request review copies from publishers on your behalf, but we can’t guarantee success or speedy responses. Many of our reviewers acquire copies from libraries, stores, or friends.

SOUNDS GOOD. WHAT’S NEXT?

Email us at disabilityinkidlit@gmail.com, mention your disability and the book you’d like to review, and we’ll discuss details!