November 23, 2015

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The race is on

Calling Caldecott, Heavy Medal, and Someday My Printz Will Come are all up and running, so it’s time to start thinking your woulds and coulds and shoulds about this year’s field of potential prizewinners. (And SLJ has posted its reviews of the National Book Award longlist, although I have to say I think it’s tacky […]

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Reviewers and Bloggers: Prepare for KidLitCon 2015, October 9–10, in Baltimore


Registration is now open for the annual festival of book love known as KidLitCon, for people who write about children’s and young adult literature.

Knowledge Quest refreshed!

Knowledge Quest refreshed!

I love SLJ ,of course. I am also a huge fan of AASL’s bimonthly journal, Knowledge Quest. It grows more relevant and inspirational with every issue. I keep a sticky-noted stack of them on my desk. Just yesterday, AASL announced the launch of Knowledge Quest‘s companion website, focused on integrating theory and practice. And it […]

Celebrating 20 years of booktalk sharing with Nancy

Celebrating 20 years of booktalk sharing with Nancy

Booktalks are an art form. They are low-key, personal commercials that encourage children (and other potential readers) to connect with books. They are teasers, designed to sell a book. After a powerful grabber, they might include simple summaries, dramatic readings, a presentation in the voice of a character, a sharing of a dramatic moment. They […]

I don’t THINK anyone is trying to hunt me down

I don’t THINK anyone is trying to hunt me down

Last weekend my friend Lori was in town and we took the dogs for a walk in the schoolyard across the street. Three tween girls were hanging out on the jungle gym and as we passed they started whispering ostentatiously in our direction and laughing meanly. ‘Girls that age” said Lori, a middle-school math teacher […]

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A Focus on Diversity and Savvy Blogging Drive KidLitCon 2014

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For the first time, the Kidlitosphere Conference (KidLitCon) had a theme: “Blogging Diversity in Young Adult and Children’s Lit: What’s Next?”

Keep coming back

I’m just catching up with SLJ’s Heavy Metal and our own Calling Caldecott (and I see Betsy Bird has posted her own award predictions, too). All good prep for a terrible prognosticator (who once told the Wall Street Journal that kids were gonna hate Lemony Snicket). I’m particularly enjoying the civilized debate following Martha’s post […]

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Blogging for Reluctant Writers: Have students share their ideas using sound and video

Blogging for Reluctant Writers: Have students share their ideas using sound and video

Here Richard Byrne covers sound and video applications that enable students to blog—without writing, from SoundCloud and Animoto to a new audio slideshow tool called Narrable.

Next TL Café: Sue Waters on the Care and Feeding of Your Blog

  Interested in blogging?  The Edublogger herself, Sue Waters, will join the TLCafé on Monday, March 4th  at 8:00 PM ET, for a free Webinar.  (That’s 9am Perth time!) To join us on Monday, click on this participant link. Discussion details: We’ve all been there, either we’ve started a blog and neglected it – feeling some […]

KidLitCon 2012: Expanding the World of KidLit Blogs


Kid lit blogs are huge with librarians, but can they reach fans beyond our world? Greg Pincus, whose blog GottaBook features poetry and perspectives on children’s literature, shared his advice on using social media to find new audiences during KidLitCon 2012 at the New York Public Library on September 29.