Diversity Rocks! Book Challenge

When I started the Reading Tub, I wrote the tag line “Turning a page … opening the world.” I thought it captured the potential and reach of reading. There is so much to explore between the covers of a book. Reading can transport you to new places (of this earth and beyond), introduce you to new people (real and not), and expand your everyday world. That idea is what drew me to Ali’s Diversity Rocks! book challenge. One of the things I like about the challenge (aside from the flexibility) is that it will help me take a more thoughtful approach in selecting books I read. Frankly, I don’t think about ethnicity or race when I look at a book. … Read more

Reading Roundup, 5 January

Happy New Year! It feels good (if not a little overwhelming) to be back in the office. Catherine was very excited to head back to school this morning. She thought that since it is a new year, then she must be in a new grade. Oh, to have a first grader’s sense of time! Like the rest of us, she is charged by that internal clock that says "it’s time for a fresh start." As I mentioned in my New Year’s resolutions post, bloggers within the Lit-blogosphere are energized and posting lots of fresh ideas for reading, reviewing, and blogging about books in 2009. In the kidlitosphere (since I follow that most closely), great things come from the conversations on … Read more

CYBILS Shortlists and Other News

The office is technically still closed until Monday, but I’ve been periodically sneaking in to check the Reader and keep up with the Email. I promise to keep this short and sweet. Yesterday the Cybils short Lists were announced. Head over to the Cybils blog to see the lists of finalists in each of the nine categories … or at least your favorite genre. I had the honor of reading and chatting with the panelists for the Easy Readers. Now it will be fun to see what the judges think. I am still making my way through each of the lists. Ali, over at the blog Diversity Rocks! is organizing a challenge to encourage us to diversify our reading this … Read more