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How It Works  |  Dues  | How-Tos  |  Current Groups


School and Public Library Staff who serve children are invited to join or form a local Children's Literature Evaluation and Review (CLEAR) group. To form a group, contact us


Current CLEAR groups:

Cincinnati, OH

North Miami Valley, OH (Bradford)

Northern Kentucky


How it works:

These books are aimed at the target audience of children birth through age 11. At each meeting reviews of the last meeting's books are shared orally. Members then get to choose books to read and review for the next meeting.

The number of books provided to you is based on the number of reviewers registered for the meeting on our website and the number of books received from the publishers. Reviews are shared with the publishers and are a requirement of participation.

Members get to keep the books that they review. Many of the reviewers add the books to their library's collection, adding close to $1,000 worth of books to their shelves on a yearly basis. However, members are also welcome to keep the books for themselves, or distribute them in any way they choose.



  • $50 per year for employees of Supporting Member Institutions*
    $100 per year for everyone else**
  • FREE for 1 employee of Supporting Member Institutions with $400,000 or below in total operating revenue. Member schools/school districts receive one free CLEAR or ROYAL membership.
  • ** $50 per year for 1 employee in our Ohio service area with $400,000 or below in total operating revenue. Non-member schools/school districts in our Ohio service area receive one $50 CLEAR or ROYAL membership.

Dues are collected in July of each year and are prorated for members who join at other times. To pay your dues click here.


If you are a publisher and would like to be included in our review process, please contact the SWON Libraries office at (513) 751-4422 or email us. Our publisher guidelines can be found at


CLEAR Quick Links + How-Tos:

How to add books to LibraryThing

Publishers Contact List

E-Mail to Publishers Format

Old ROYAL Reviews

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