Riley Can Be Anything Blogger Book Review

Kid’s Lit Review: Riley Can Be Anything by Davina Hamilton

I received an advance copy of this book to facilitate my review, all opinions are my own.

Most parents want their kids to have lots of books that help them feel inspired. And books where their children can relate to the characters. Davina Hamilton’s book “Riley Can be Anything” is both inspirational and relatable. When I received the book, my daughters saw it on my nightstand and they each took it upon themselves to read it. I love when a book interest kids so much and you don’t have to bribe them to read it.

Riley Can Be Anything Blogger Review

When my daughter saw it she said, “Yay! A new book, I’m curious about what it says and it’s fairly short.”

Riley Can Be Anything Blogger Review

Afterwards, she said, “I like the book because like Riley, I’m not sure what I want to grow up to be. Mom, are they going to make a sequel because I need some more ideas.”

Riley Can Be Anything Blogger Review

About the Book: “Riley Can Be Anything”

“Riley Can Be Anything” shares the importance of family. In fact, the two main characters are cousins. Riley and his cousin Joe, could be any child and one of their family members. What’s great is that Joe, his cousin isn’t too busy with his own life to make time listen to listen to his little cousins’ thoughts.

The story is written like a poem so the flowery language will keep children engaged and interested in learning what will happen next. I loved the story lines and the illustrations. The pictures are simple, but do a good job of conveying the dialog between Riley and Joe. Elena Reinoso illustrated the book beautifully. The book provides diversity that is great for children all over the world.

I loved “Riley Can Be Anything” so much that I will be making it one of the books that I’ll gift new parents. This book is one that should be in every child’s elementary school library.

Riley Can Be Anything Blogger Review

About the Author:

Davina Hamilton has 15 years of journalism experience. The former entertainment editor for UK publication, The Voice, Davina has contributed to a host of publications, both in the UK and internationally. She has also featured on a number of radio programs on stations including BBC London, LBC and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Davina lives in London, England with her husband and two children. She is available for interview upon request.


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  • I love when writers use poems in their books because they end up being so intertsting to read. Sounds like a wonderful book for little ones.

  • Toni Wiggins-Sorzano

    Oh this sounds like a book my 8 yr old would want to read. I love when books use peoms as it seems to keep kids engaged with what’s on the paper. Also small kids love short books, with big bright pictures.

  • This sounds like a great book to add to our collection. Like Riley I had no idea what I wanted to be growing up. I always felt pressured to have an answer because everyone else did.

  • This sounds like a book that my son would really enjoy. He is just being introduced to poems and I think he would love it.

  • I love books like this that show US. I wish my son was still small enough to add this to his library.

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