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

The Next Chapter: 2009 Arrives

Happy New Year! Things have been quiet here … on purpose. We hope you had a great, restful holiday. With Christmas behind us, it’s time to close the book on 2008 and begin to write 2009. A friend sent an email from China, with a photo of fireworks and this quote, which I think is particularly apropos for this year. “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” I always love the “lull” between the last two holidays of the year because there is time to reflect on the good stuff and draw on that energy to start planning for the new year. As I … Read more