Riverbank Review was a quarterly magazine about children’s books that published 21 issues for an appreciative national readership between 1998 and 2003. Based in the Twin Cities, it was initially affiliated with the University of St. Thomas’s School of Education and later became an independent entity.
Key elements of the magazine included:
- original cover art commissioned for each issue from a notable children’s book illustrator, with the directive to incorporate a river and in some way reflect the season;
- reviews of new books for children and young adults;
- interviews with and profiles of authors and illustrators;
- attention to backlist titles through essays and special features;
- a poem for the season;
- a detachable bookmark with ten great books on a given theme or of a given genre;
- the annual Children’s Books of Distinction Awards.
The editorial committee included founding editor Martha Davis Beck and Christine Alfano, Mary Lou Burket, Christine Heppermann, and Susan Marie Swanson. (Lee Galda joined the committee in 2002.) The magazine’s art director was Kristi Anderson.
The tables of contents for all issues are visible on this web site, as are selected features. Individual back issues—and a limited number of full sets of the magazine—are available by special order, for the cost of shipping.
Use the form on this site to contact Martha Davis Beck if you are interested in adding this well-loved publication to your library collection or home bookshelf.