Media Reviewer - Books (Contractor)

San Francisco, California, United States | Editorial | Contract | Fully remote


Common Sense ( is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology.

Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent, age-based, and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on, Xfinity, Apple TV, and many other partner platforms helping families make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, and concerned parents and teachers to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

Book reviewers will use their critical eye, publishing industry expertise, and passion for equity to review children’s and young-adult books for parents through a child-development and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens. With excellent writing, editing, and communication skills, reviewers will produce anywhere from one to four (or more!) reviews per month. Work may also include updates to previously published reviews. We are committed to hiring reviewers from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences.


REPORT TO: Deputy Editor, Books 

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA (remote available)

DURATION: Six months, with the potential to extend



  • Read books, evaluate them according to our proprietary rubric, detailed guidelines, and best practices, and write original reviews in a consumer/parent-friendly tone.
  • Upload text, images, and other data into our proprietary content management system.
  • Apply Common Sense style guide, including detailed guidance on inclusive writing, to all written materials.
  • Evaluate books through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to identify and correct problematic language and decenter the White voice.
  • Occasionally communicate with book publicists.


  • Demonstrated expertise in and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in media criticism and writing.
  • Experience as a book critic, book blogger, bookseller, librarian, teacher, or journalist covering literature or media, or equivalent demonstrated expertise in the children's/YA book space.
  • Knowledge of the publishing industry and its trends; key contemporary, upcoming, and classic authors, annual literary awards; and popular genres of children’s and young adult literature.
  • Experience as a lively, conversational writer, ideally for a parent audience (with clips to demonstrate it).
  • Expertise in book content. Within your cover letter, list three books from the past year that you loved and – in a sentence – why.
  • Technical know-how, with experience using online content management systems and cloud-based software.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute projects working in a self-directed way with priorities/deadlines that may shift quickly.


  • You are passionate about books, literacy, and helping kids and teens become lifelong readers.
  • You enjoy critically thinking about media from a variety of vantage points.
  • Spanish-language proficiency is a plus.
  • You are inspired by Common Sense's mission! 

Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our values, please visit our statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Common Sense will consider employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. However, job offers are made on the condition that the applicant subsequently passes a criminal background check. If the background check indicates a prior criminal conviction, we will conduct an individualized assessment to determine whether the conviction should result in denial of employment.