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Teachers Pets #1 Welcome to Teacher’s Pets

Hi, my name is Donna O’Donnell Figurski, (author, educator, and book reviewer)

                                      I love children’s books,
all kinds.
BUT, I especially love picture books.
I love to read them.
I love to write them.
AND now . . .
I love to review them.


I have authored the column, TEACHER’S PETS on since 2002. 
My reviews have a different twist than do most book reviews I read. I work with a team of elementary-aged school children, called KIDDLE CRITers, who review books with me. We meet about once a month after school to read and discuss newly published children’s picture books. The KIDDLE CRITers team consists of about seven to fifteen children ranging in ages from 6 to 12 years old. They are enthusiastic critics and one section of my online review, called FROM the MOUTHS of KIDDLE CRITers, includes the insightful and sometimes hilarious comments by the children.

My nearly thirty years as a first or third grade teacher has given me the experience to design lessons for teachers to use with the books that I review. This section is called, TEACHER TALK. I also suggest additional books, as well as two or three websites, which teachers may use to compliment the reviewed book. Of course, there is also my review, too. 

The reviews can also be found in my column at

Look for TEACHER’S PETS in thesidebar under FOR EDUCATORS. or scroll down the page until you meet my frog logo. Simply click on the frog to take you to my column. See you there.


If you would like to have your book considered for review by the KIDDLE CRITers review team, please contact me at

Although I cannot promise that every book will be reviewed, I will try my best to feature as many books as possible.

(Photo compliments of ME.) 

(Clip Art compliments of

(This picture was taken when I first began the review column. You might have noticed my hair was a little darker and a little longer than my current picture. I was a tad bit younger, too. Such is life. It keeps moving  on.)


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