First Opinions, Second Reactions (FOSR) fills a void by publishing book reviews that meet the needs of K–12 teachers of language arts, parents and children, and public and school librarians. FOSR invites submissions, but also commissions particular scholars and writers to prepare articles for each issue.
Advisory Board: FOSR has an advisory board of individuals who have been selected for their international and multicultural perspectives on the subject. In addition, these board members have held positions on awards committees, consulted with governments on the subject of children’s reading habits, received Fulbright awards to travel and study in the United States or overseas, presented at international conferences for teachers and librarians, and written various forms of literature for children. Members of the advisory board review each issue prior to publication.
First Opinions, Second Reactions is published three times each year.
Current Issue: Volume 11, Issue 1 (2018)
Building Loving Fences: Death and Grief in Children’s Literature
Nicholas E. Husbye
First Opinion: A Response to Glenn Ringtved’s Cry, Heart, but Never Break
Sarah Vander Zanden
Second Reaction: Some Adult Reactions Are Not Helpful for Children
Allyson A. Hensley
First Opinion: Simple Friendship and Death, Repositioned
Christy Wessel Powell
First Opinion: Making Space for the Tonal Subtleties of Sadness
Beth A. Buchholz
First Opinion: Art, Metaphor, and More Questions Than Answers
Caitlin L. Ryan
Second Reaction: Teaching with a Trauma-Informed Text