Talking about Books: A Quick Trip around the ‘Sphere

It happens every holiday week – Wednesday is here but it still feels like Monday.  Here are some quick hits that you might enjoy …

bbaw_voteFirst a big Woot! for all of the Kidlitters who made shortlists for Book Bloggers Appreciation Week.  It’s great to see some regular faves, like Jen Robinson’s Book Page and Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, and some fresh faces, too … Go Lee! You can see the short list of nominees in all of the categories. There is still time to vote. Just click here.

Cybils2009-Web-SmallSpeaking of voting … now would be the time to peruse your shelves and booklists and start thinking about your Cybils nominees.  Nominations for the new 2009 season open Oct. 1.  There are eleven categories from picture books (nonfiction and fiction) through easy readers, middle-grade chapter books, and graphic novels. Where to begin?

The Children’s Book Insider (CBI) just published the September 2009 edition of the Children’s Book Insider newsletter and podcasts.  If you’re a Fighting Bookworm, you can read my article about ways to engage a reviewer (or not).  I don’t often get to talk about the “review” side of what we do, so this was a nice change of pace … and a chance to thank all of the artists who create these wonderful stories for kids. Thanks to Jon and Laura for letting me share my podcast nterview about the Reading Tub. Learn how many self-published books we have in the Reading Tub. Find out what happens when kids and adults don’t agree on a book! Wanna know who our reviewers are? Listen in!

This must be my lucky week, because Jennifer Finke featured a piece I wrote for her Toys with Imagination series on We talked about engaging toddlers and preschoolers with interactive books. I love her premise for the series: Toys with no batteries required!

Last but not least, I have discovered that the auto-posting of De.lic.ious feeds won’t work for blogger (go figure). I’ve gone back to the drawing board on a way to “catalog” the daily bookmarks. I’ll keep you posted.

2 responses to “Talking about Books: A Quick Trip around the ‘Sphere

  1. Hi
    I came across your blog as over the past few days I have been surfing the net for blogs written by children’s authors, hoping for tips and inspiration. I will shortly be volunteering at a tiny school in the slum area of Bangalore, India. Story telling will be one of my activities. However, story books and story telling will be a new concept here, so I am a bit nervous.
    I was so glad to find a non-profit solely dedicated to motivating others to reach out through story telling.

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