Free Children’s Picture Book Reviews Service

If you’re an indie children’s picture book author looking for children’s picture book reviews, Old Mate Media can help.

Picture book reviews

At Old Mate Media, we love making books. We also love helping other indie authors and illustrators self-publish their work. One of the biggest challenges facing any indie author releasing their book into a massive worldwide market is getting noticed, getting reviews and beginning to generate some momentum in sales and word-of-mouth. So we’d like to start helping in that regard, too.

How to use our children’s picture book reviews service

Our goal is to keep this process as uncomplicated as possible. In order to be considered for a review – and we will try and review every request we get – simply email us. Include as much of the following as you can manage:

  1. A small 100 or so words introduction about you and your book
  2. The cover art for our review page > 150KB
  3. An image from the book to go alongside the review
  4. Access to the book, such as a code to download the digital version
  5. A link to where people can go to buy the book
  6. (Optional) Include an image of yourself

Why is OMM qualified to do children’s picture book reviews?

Old Mate Media’s founder, Chris Stead, has been working in the media for 20-years. Primarily he has been providing reviews of entertainment products (video games, movies, music, books) to some of the world’s biggest brands. Closer to home, he has published seven children’s picture books of his own. Plus he runs Old Mate Media’s editing, designing and publishing services, helping authors to get their children’s picture books published. Most important of all, he has three children six and under that love their books. They help with testing content for our children’s picture book reviews.

How much does it cost?

Receiving one of our children’s picture book reviews is free. Outside of supplying us a copy of the book to review – preferably by digital code to keep everything cost-effective – there is no cost. We only have two requirements.

  1. The first is that, once the review is posted up on Old Mate Media, you share the link through your social channels.
  2. The second is that you link to it on your website, preferably in a post notifying your fans the review is live.

You should be doing these things anyway, as the purpose of the review is to help awareness. But we’ve learned from previous experience, that people often need encouragement.

Don’t Have a Digital Book?

If you’re an author who has a book, but only available in physical form, what should you do? You can of course send a physical book, but alternatively you can inquire about our digital conversion service. Depending on what files you have access to, we might be able to get your book redesigned as an ePub for you to self-publish for an affordable price. We can also publish it on your behalf if you need help with that. If you would like to learn more, email us.

Hopefully our new children’s picture book reviews service can help more indie authors find more readers. After all, you can never have too many books.

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Join the discussion 10 Comments

  • I would like to have my books reviewed.I only have actual books. Please visit my site and have a look. I would like to send one for a review.
    Please reply.

  • perdita says:

    My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find most of your post’s to be what precisely I’m looking for. Can you offer guest writers to write content to suit your needs? Again, awesome site!

    • Chris Stead says:

      Hello! We have had some people in the industry do some guest posts on the site before; it would depend on the content and the motive, but feel free to email us.

  • Amber Gulley says:

    Hello Chris. I’d really like to send you a review request, but my computer isn’t letting me access the email link. Can I please have an email address to send to. I hope that’s okay.

  • Anindita Basu says:

    I have a Young Adult Historical fiction genre book published recently. Shadow Birds -story of a young girl during the partition bof India. Do you do that genre? Anindita.

    • Kate Stead says:

      Hi Anindita,
      Congrats on your book – sounds really interesting.
      We’ve put a pause of these reviews for now, but are running interviews instead. Is that of interest?

  • Frank Prem says:

    Hello Chris and OMM.

    I’m not a children’s author. I’m a storytelling poet writing in free verse and looking for ways to get some traction in areas outside my usual reach.

    Mine is an unusual style – free verse in a storytelling style, which leads to a chapter like progression through the book, while retaining the theme.

    Anyway, I was just wondering if you might have some tips beyond the usual for getting some exposure for what is good work in an accessible but unique style.

    I realise you might not feel you have anything to offer, but I feel what I’ve done is worth pursuing, so thought I’d inquire. A link to Goodreads reviews of my memoir of growing up in rural Australia in the 1960s and 70s:



    • Kate Stead says:

      Hi Frank,
      Thanks for reaching out.
      Poetry is enjoying a little bit of a resurgence right now, so you are in a good place to grow your audience.
      I would recommend looking up Orna Ross. As well as running the Alliance of Independent Authors, she is also a poet and blogs and talks often about what she is doing to get her poetry out there.
      Instagram is proving to be a great channel for poetry. Have a look at #poetry as a starting point and others like that and see how poets are growing their audience that way.
      We are also in a fabulous time for audio, which especially suits poetry. Creating audio collections of your work would be another way to reach new audiences. You have a lovely voice and may even be able to adapt some of your already complete recordings for Audible (note as an Australian, unless you have UK/US company you’ll need to use a distributor like Findaway Voices to get to Audible).
      Hope this helps a bit. Keep in touch and let us know if any of these thoughts help and yield results for you.
      Thanks – Kate

    • Anindita says:

      Yes, that will be interesting. Thank you.

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