Amanda Valentine is creating Reads 4 Tweens
5

patrons

$10
per month
Reads4Tweens.com offers book reviews aimed at the adults who care about the books that kids aged 8 to 12 (give or take a few years) might be reading. While there’s no reason kids shouldn’t explore the site, the reviews are full of spoilers—they’re intended to inform about content, not explicitly persuade (or dissuade) anyone to read the book.

Why We Need Your Help

Reads 4 Tweens is 3 years old now and has reviews for over 250 books, so it's something that I intend to keep doing. It's a labor of love, but, well, it's also kind of expensive. The website costs some money, and keeping up with books, especially new releases, isn't cheap. I'm a freelance editor, so any time I spend on the site (which is at least a few hours a week, sometimes more) is time I'm not spending on paid work.

Wonderful people have volunteered their services to get the site up and running, but they're professionals and for future upgrades I want to be able to pay them for their work.

I want access to the site to remain free so it's easy for the people who need it most to find what they want. I want to ensure it stays kid friendly and focused on the books, so I don't want to accept advertising. That's where you come in.

Enough With the Guilt Trip - Why Should I Subscribe?

I want to make sure that Reads 4 Tweens is serving your needs, so this is a place where you can give me feedback about books you'd like to see reviewed, features you'd like to see implemented, and topics you'd like to discuss. If you're a fan of Reads 4 Tweens, chances are that there are a lot of issues around kids, literacy, education, media, games, and so on that matter to you. I hope that this Patreon community will be a place where we can have some of those discussions.
Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
3 patrons
Thanks! You get my thanks for helping keep Reads 4 Tweens going, ad free, and you're part of our Patreon community!
Pledge $3 or more per month
1 patron
Surveys! In addition to my thanks, you also get access to surveys to help choose a book I should review for the next month.
Pledge $5 or more per month
1 patron
Blog Posts! You get the previous tier's rewards, as well as early access to monthly blog posts about topics that don't quite fit on Reads 4 Tweens. This may include Reads 4 Tweens style movie and TV reviews (Screens for Tweens!), musings on literary topics, and other things that interest me as a reader, a parent, and an educator. You'll also have an opportunity to suggest topics that interest you. These blog posts may eventually be cross posted at ayvalentine.com.
Pledge $10 or more per month
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Book Recommendations! Have a reader who's hard to buy for? Each month you can request a personalized list of at least 10 book recommendations with links to the online bookstore of your choice and links to Reads 4 Tweens reviews if applicable. You also get the rewards from the previous tiers.
Goals
$10 of $100 per month
I'll work with professionals to upgrade the website, the logo, avatars for social media, etc.
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Reads4Tweens.com offers book reviews aimed at the adults who care about the books that kids aged 8 to 12 (give or take a few years) might be reading. While there’s no reason kids shouldn’t explore the site, the reviews are full of spoilers—they’re intended to inform about content, not explicitly persuade (or dissuade) anyone to read the book.

Why We Need Your Help

Reads 4 Tweens is 3 years old now and has reviews for over 250 books, so it's something that I intend to keep doing. It's a labor of love, but, well, it's also kind of expensive. The website costs some money, and keeping up with books, especially new releases, isn't cheap. I'm a freelance editor, so any time I spend on the site (which is at least a few hours a week, sometimes more) is time I'm not spending on paid work.

Wonderful people have volunteered their services to get the site up and running, but they're professionals and for future upgrades I want to be able to pay them for their work.

I want access to the site to remain free so it's easy for the people who need it most to find what they want. I want to ensure it stays kid friendly and focused on the books, so I don't want to accept advertising. That's where you come in.

Enough With the Guilt Trip - Why Should I Subscribe?

I want to make sure that Reads 4 Tweens is serving your needs, so this is a place where you can give me feedback about books you'd like to see reviewed, features you'd like to see implemented, and topics you'd like to discuss. If you're a fan of Reads 4 Tweens, chances are that there are a lot of issues around kids, literacy, education, media, games, and so on that matter to you. I hope that this Patreon community will be a place where we can have some of those discussions.

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Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
3 patrons
Thanks! You get my thanks for helping keep Reads 4 Tweens going, ad free, and you're part of our Patreon community!
Pledge $3 or more per month
1 patron
Surveys! In addition to my thanks, you also get access to surveys to help choose a book I should review for the next month.
Pledge $5 or more per month
1 patron
Blog Posts! You get the previous tier's rewards, as well as early access to monthly blog posts about topics that don't quite fit on Reads 4 Tweens. This may include Reads 4 Tweens style movie and TV reviews (Screens for Tweens!), musings on literary topics, and other things that interest me as a reader, a parent, and an educator. You'll also have an opportunity to suggest topics that interest you. These blog posts may eventually be cross posted at ayvalentine.com.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 of 5 patrons
Book Recommendations! Have a reader who's hard to buy for? Each month you can request a personalized list of at least 10 book recommendations with links to the online bookstore of your choice and links to Reads 4 Tweens reviews if applicable. You also get the rewards from the previous tiers.