First Opinions, Second Reactions (FOSR) provides a dynamic format that is continually revisited and updated by the editors. Unlike a blog, FOSR does not allow spontaneous additions to the site. Rather, first opinions based on careful analysis of the books as contemporary literature published for a youthful audience are sought by the journal editors and edited to fit within a larger discussion concerning exemplary literature for young people. An individual asked to prepare a second reaction is usually given the initial expert's review and is also expected to share the book with an appropriate audience.
FOSR actively seeks the opinions of experts in children's literature who teach at the college level, work in educational institutions, and are writers themselves for "first opinions" on new books. These reviews, in turn, are enriched by "reactions" from others who are engaged in teaching and learning activities and have used the resource in a "real" setting. FOSR's editors, in consultation with the journals advisory board, review and accept all materials for publication.
Readers of the FOSR are encouraged to submit a "Final Word" that gives new insight concerning a particular book reviewed. These reviews are selected for publication by the board and are publishes as space allows.