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 … First 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. Speaking 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. … Read more

Books We Read – August

August 2009 [Books received: 28 ; books read: 43] Beginning with the July list, I have added a note to all of our book reviews on the website. The note explains the source of the book and/or review so that we are completely transparent about our processes. Look for the source in the “Notes” section of each profile. I have a record of the source for every book we receive, and eventually I will add them to all of our reviews. If you’ve written a review (website or blog) for any of the books with links, please click through and add your name/URL on the review page via Mr. Linky. We like letting our visitors know what other readers think! If … Read more

Leap for Literacy: Take Your Reading Sky High

On Saturday, September 12, 2009, Utah children’s author, Jill Vanderwood will take a Leap For Literacy by skydiving from 12,500 feet in Ogden Utah. Why? To raise funds and awareness for literacy. Two charities will benefit from her Leap: the Literacy Action Center in Salt Lake City, and the Reading Tub in Charlottesville, Virginia. Jill, who is a  grandmother of six and an award-winning children’s author, chose September 12 because it is Grandparent’s Day. This Leap for Literacy kicks off the launch of  What’s It Like Living Green, Leap for Literacy school recycling campaign.  Jill has combined the need for a clean environment with the growing need for literacy awareness. You can support Jill and literacy by making a donation … Read more