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Thursday
Jan222009

Thursday Afternoon Visits: January 22, part 2

From Jen Robinson’s Book Page

Earlier this afternoon, I started to share some recent news from around the Kidlitosphere. I had to close that post early, before I was able to write about all of my saved items. Here are the rest:

CybilsLogoSmallThere’s an updated Cybils flyer available from the Cybils blog, complete with the new shortlist titles. Sarah Stevenson did an amazing job putting this together. As Sarah explains, we made this double-side flyer “so you can get the latest information out to your nearest libraries, schools, bookstores and eager readers. As always, we thank you all for your help in spreading the word!” You can also find a printable version of the 2008 Cybils shortlists, with blurbs for all of the titles, in the upper right-hand corner of the Cybils blog.

The Horn Book Magazine has a new owner, the parent company that owns the Junior Library Guild. You can find the details here. Link from Read Roger.

Cari from BookScoops recently shared a fun idea. At her daughter’s birthday party, she gave out Curious George books, with bookmarks, for party favors. She found it a positive experience, and urges: “If you have children and plan to do a party give books out as party favors and/or give books to your friends and family for their birthdays. It can’t hurt the publishing industry and over a whole year of giving books that’s got to do something to help. Most important your sharing your love of books and promoting literacy in the people you care about most.”

ButterflyawardTwo people were kind enough to pass along blog awards to me this week. Kate Coombs from Book Aunt gave me a Butterfly Award for being “most helpful”. Book Aunt is a brand new blog that I’ve been reading. I love Kate’s tagline: “Because OTHER people give you clothes and video games for your birthday!” I’ve always been the “book aunt” in my family, so this award resonated with me especially. 

Premiodardosaward-703921As if that wasn’t enough for one week, Margo Dill from Read These Books and Use Them gave me a Premio Dardos award. I love Margo’s reviews, and this was a lovely compliment. I am very fortunate in my blog friends. Thanks Kate and Margo!!

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but don’t miss Kelly Gallagher’s Readicide blog tour. So far he’s been to A Year of ReadingThe Tempered Radical (where it’s been a 4-day conversation, I’m thus not offering direct links), and The Dream Teacher. He’ll also be at The Reading Zone and The Book Whisperer next week. I really am going to have to read this book soon. Sarah from the Reading Zone says that the book is so compelling that she read the whole thing online.

Meg Ivey at the National Center for Family Literacy’s blog offers “a peek at NCFL’s 18th Annual National Conference on Family Literacy (March 1-3, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Florida)!”. Keynote speakers at the conference include Henry WinklerGreg MortensonPeter H. Reynolds, and Lolly WinstonRegistration information is here.  

And finally, Lisa Chellman will be hosting the January Carnival of Children’s Literature at Under the Covers. She has no special theme, but suggested (via email) that “some ideas might be ALA media awards, the Cybils, or any of the other children’s lit awards… winter books… the Inauguration… Martin Luther King Day… or just your favorite post of the month.” Submissions are due January 28th, for the Carnival on the 30th. You can submit posts here.

It feels good to be caught up on the blog news. Hopefully this means that this weekend, I can focus on some reviews. Happy reading!

© 2009 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson’s Book Page. All rights reserved.
You can also find me on Twitter and at Booklights from PBS Parents.
All Amazon links in this post are affiliate links, and may result in my receiving a small commission (with no additional cost to you).

Friday
Nov282008

Friday Afternoon Visits: Thankgiving Weekend Edition

From Jen Robinson’s Book Page

Greetings! I hope that you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. I’m dreadfully out of the loop on the doings of the Kidlitosphere, but here are a few things that I came across to share with you:

Lisa Chellman has the Thanksgiving Weekend edition of Poetry Friday, complete with an original Thanksgiving Rondeau.  

Newlogorg200The Readergirlz Divas are hosting a blog scavenger hunt in honor of Native American Heritage MonthCynthia Leitich Smith contributed several questions, and HipWriterMama has the details.

Trevor Cairney continues his series on key themes children’s literature at Literacy, families, and learning, writing this week about a sense of place. He notes that “in some writing place has a special central role, almost as strong as the very characters that are interwoven in the plot. In some narratives, a sense of place is on centre stage, almost shaping the narrative and its characters.” He also gives several examples of books that express, in different ways, a strong sense of place. A sense of place is part of my 6 P’s of Book Appreciation.

I’m not sure how I missed this article myself, but Libby from Lessons from the Tortoise linked to, and commented on, a recent School Library Journal blog article about recent young adult books that are good for adults, too. The original article, by Angelina Benedetti, is called 35 Going on 13. I especially liked Benedetti’s note that “The books being published for this market (YA) stand toe to toe with this year’s best adult reads—David Wroblewski’s The Story of Edgar Sawtelle or Marilynne Robinson’s Home being but two. The only difference is that books for teens generally feature teens and themes that resonate with them.”

Inspired by her niece, Emily, Sara Lewis Holmes is “starting a library of camp and horse related books for Flying Horse Farms. Flying Horse Farms is a magical, transforming and fun camp for children with serious illnesses and their families.” She has suggestions on her blog for people who would like to help.

Anastasia Suen is hosting an early 12 days of Christmas. Starting today, she’ll be giving away a book a day for 12 days, on her various blogs. You can find more details here.

Speaking of giving books, Liz B. from Tea Cozy has a specific idea for holiday book-giving. She suggests “Give something not published in 2008. Give something that you loved, loved, loved, yet, somehow, was overlooked; something that did not get on any of the awards lists, but, in your humble opinion, should have been on those lists.” She is also looking for suggestions.

And if you’re buying books this Thanksgiving weekend, you can print out a voucher at the NCFL Literacy Now blog, with which Barnes and Noble donates a portion of sales this Saturday and Sunday to the NCFL.

And if you’re looking for ideas of what books to buy, Doret, TheHappyNappyBookseller, has put together a fabulous, detailed list of African American children’s books, including both African-American authors and illustrators, and titles featuring African-American characters. And Mitali Perkins shares several recent YA novels with Muslim characters.

That’s all for today. I’ll be back on Sunday with the Children’s Literacy Round-Up, with literacy and reading-focused news. Wishing everyone a peaceful and book-filled weekend.

© 2008 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson’s Book Page. All rights reserved.
You can also find me on Twitter and at Booklights from PBS Parents.
All Amazon links in this post are affiliate links, and may result in my receiving a small commission (with no additional cost to you).