Diversity Rocks Book Challenge

For the first time this year, I will not have a book for the Diversity Rocks Book Challenge. I have one book in progress and several books lined up, I just didn’t get to them this month. Be sure to checking out all the great June reviews at Ali’s Blog. It’s not too late to join or be a cheerleader, either. The purpose of the challenge is to integrate “racial and ethnic diversity in the authors that we read.” It’s meant to be fun and is guaranteed to be enlightening.

Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup – 29 June

This week Jen Robinson is hosting our children’s literacy and reading news round-up.  The roundups are brought to you by Jen Robinson’s Book Page and Scrub-a-Dub-Tub, a Reading Tub blog. Jen Robinson and I have collected plenty of content for you about literacy and reading-related events; raising readers; literacy and reading programs and research; 21st century literacies; grants, sponsorships and donations; and other new resources. We hope you’ll find some useful information. There are several stories related to the United We Serve campaign that are pretty inspiring and have already set great examples for literacy-related ways to help our communities. Jen found an article on Rick Riordan’s blog about the Obamas stuffing backpacks with books for children of military families. Lori Calabrese pointed … Read more

Am I too late?

When I left New York after Book Expo America, I had an imaginary shortlist of books I wanted to read right away. I had picked up lots of books, but some just really stood out and said “me first!” Then I got home and life took over. A week flew by, and it seemed too late to write a full summary. There were great wrap-up posts; nothing new to add from here.  Two more weeks went by and it seemed like an odd time to talk about my discoveries.  Some of my favorites are already being reviewed.  More blogging angst! So, I decided to wait a little longer and  set a date:  the one month anniversary of BEA. I revised … Read more