School Library Journal Praises Danny the Dragon

It is with great pleasure that I read the encouraging review of Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy in School Library Journal. I am fortunate to have been recognized by many awards programs for this first book in the Danny the Dragon series, but what an honor it was to receive SLJ’s stamp of approval!

School Library Journal is “the world’s largest reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens,” according to its website. The monthly magazine was founded in 1954, and its reviews on kids books are a valuable resource to librarians, teachers, and others who work with children and teens. A good review from School Library Journal shows readers that a product is recommended for young people.

The magazine not only recommends my book, but the DVD, which contains a signed reading of the book and is also available as an iPad app for deaf children, created by iStoryTime, the iPhone App Developer for DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon. Profits for the DVD and app are being donated to my favorite causes.

The review can be found in the June 2010 print issue, and an excerpt can be found at the link below:

Tina Turbin


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24 Responses to School Library Journal Praises Danny the Dragon

  1. Flora Maggis says:

    Hi Tina, we really love this website and the kids are so excited about joining Danny’s Fan Club. We’re glad to hear that the School Library Journal loves Danny, too, of course that’s no surprise. I used to work in an elementary school library and I know how well-regarded that publication is.

  2. Flora Maggis says:

    Wow. This is quite an honor! Their job is to make sure that parents and teachers share appropriate material with kids and I really couldn’t imagine a more perfect book for young children. We are always trying to show our twin daughters how to be respectful to family members and gracious to guests and other golden-rule type behavior and Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy demonstrates this perfectly. Bravo!

  3. Melissa Hart says:

    Congratulations, Tina! Of course, you’ve had many terrific reviews by the most important critics of all–KIDS! My students and my own three kids absolutely love Danny and that’s the best confirmation you can get!

  4. Sara says:

    Hi Tina congrats on your success over the past year. The family finally got an iPad!!! So guess what the first app was that we ordered? Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy! Love it, it’s great. The kids really want to learn sign language too so they’re really excited about the sign interpretation.

  5. Tiffanie says:

    Congratulations on your success Tina. We are very excited about your upcoming books. I read in an article that you are doing lots of writing now. I have also been following your blog on I’m not even gluten-free, but I’m a total foodie, so I love the recipes.

  6. Denise Chappell says:

    Way to go! SLJ really does have quite a reputation in the children’s literature world. I was happy to hear in an article I read online that you’re working on your next books. We finally got the app and are extremely pleased with it. It’s interesting to see how popular ASL is becoming as a secondary language. It’s being taught in high schools and colleges now and all the kids are dying to learn it. My kids make signs along with the sign interpreter even though they’re not hearing impaired. It’s really adorable to watch!

  7. Zoe says:

    This is great news. I could swear that I read about this review somewhere online although I can’t remember where exactly. The School Library Journal always seems to be on the mark because they tend to give great reviews to children’s books that kids really love too. I think that’s a good indication of a publication that knows what it’s talking about.

  8. Nessa says:

    Hi Tina, we’re happy to be connected now to Danny the Dragon with the website and we signed up for Danny’s Fan Club and your newsletter today. We are excited to start getting your newsletter and to get some special Danny kids stuff;-)

  9. Maury says:

    Hi Tina we are new to your blog and Danny and we’re very excited to be a part of your readership now. The kids love visiting your website and I appreciate your interesting blogs, especially when you write about children’s health and nutrition subjects, which are very interesting to me. -Maury H.

  10. Nat says:

    Hi Tina we first heard about you when we were looking into ASL children’s books apps and saw your children’s book with sign interpretation. We are very impressed by what you do, especially since your profits go to good causes. Also, I know you met some deaf children and got inspired by that to do something and then you went ahead and did something for them. That is truly the most admirable thing at all to me!

  11. Sharon says:

    Fantastic news Tina. Funny but I originally became interested in your gluten-free website,, for your reviews on gluten free food and I had no idea that you were an accomplished children’s author! Yours is quite a story–to be so accomplished in so many arenas. It’s amazing!

  12. Nat says:

    Hi Tina thanks so much for your blog. I love all this stuff you offer us on our blog and I’ve had some time to visit and even though we’re not gluten free we understand what gluten is and I’ve even made a few of your recipes which were FABULOUS!

  13. Mina says:

    Hi Tina I’m a second grade teacher at a wonderful little private school and on a show and tell day last year one student brought in Danny the Dragon and the kids were so impressed that I got the book and periodically read it to the class now. They loooove Danny. I even came up with an activity where kids illustrated Danny’s next adventure. They loved this!

  14. Alyssa says:

    Hi Tina just wanted to say thanks again for this fabulous blog and website you have. I have been pretty disappointed in the lack of authors’ websites especially with pages and features that appeal to kids. And you even have a Fan Club and a Newsletter too. Awesome!

  15. Sandy says:

    What an excellent review. Of course this doesn’t surprise me. Your book is such a delight and my kids’ friends’ parents and our family and visitors when they read your book they are always like “Wow, this is great!” So of course a magazine that promotes materials for kids would like it!

  16. Barbara Hogenson says:

    This is a great review for kids books and I know they have reviewers who are passionate about what they do and care very much for children’s literature. Of course they would love Danny the Dragon’s story!

  17. Chelsea Herrera says:

    Hey Tina we finally picked up your app after we got our iPad 2 and we love it! Our kids are really interested in learning sign language and are always asking us to buy them ASL books for kids. I remember even when I was a kid and I was learning about Helen Keller I learned the whole sign alphabet!

  18. Angelica S. says:

    Well this publication has chosen the perfect author to praise given your pro-library philosophy. I have thoroughly enjoyed your articles where you talk about how you used to take your three kids to the library regularly and tips on successful library visits. As soon as I read those I started taking my kids to the library every singly week. I used to just buy them books online but I realized I was missing out on a valuable part of their childhood where they learn to have an enthusiasm for books. I was surprised to find that my local library not only has books but DVDs and teaching aids such as the Phonics and books on tape and CDs with kids songs. There are also activities such as reading aloud time and movie night. Now I’m a library convert and I have you to thank. So…thank you!

  19. Angie says:

    This is awesome news and I’m very happy to hear about this. Last I heard you were still on your West Coast book tour and overwhelmed with all the buzz from your app–and of course writing away like crazy!

  20. Alyssa says:

    Congratulations on all your success and your glowing reviews. We read Danny the Dragon a couple times a week and the kids never get bored of him. My son pretends to be Danny and he says our little dog is Skipper. It’s really the cutest thing you’ve ever seen!

  21. Denise Murphy says:

    Some more good news, always great to hear. Just wanted to let everyone know how much fun I’m having volunteering at elementary schools and libraries to read to kids and help them learn to read. I am really making a difference because reading skills are so crucial and form the foundation of a child’s entire education. So see if you can volunteer in your area with a group or start your own!

  22. Fran Wysse says:

    Hi Tina always a pleasure to read your blog. We’re really excited about the new Danny website format and your Facebook page, although my kids aren’ t themselves on Facebook yet, but I have a Facebook page that they check out a lot of the time–looking at my pictures and videos, links, games, and stuff like that. Sincerely, Fran

  23. Danica says:

    Yay! Congrats to Danny!

  24. Norma Barry says:

    This review reminds me of what a special children’s author you are because you not only offer a children’s book but a DVD as well with sign language interpretation. Kids these days learn with a variety of multimedia and the traditional print book may not be enough for them with the advent of the iPad and Kindle and other devices like that.

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