Publishers Weekly reports on a recent panel of children's book reviewers at the New York Public Library. Moderated by Elizabeth Bird (who also blogs at A Fuse #8 Production), the discussion featured Julie Just, the children's book editor for the New York Times Book Review, and other writers for that publication.
From the PW article:
And although [Julie Just], along with the other panelists, agreed that reviewers
had to be careful to focus on the positive instead of the negative,
Just also made it clear the Book Review is not there just “to
give children’s books a pat on the head.” The goal of a good review,
she believes, is to get people to rush out and buy the book right after
finishing the review.[...]