A Blogger’s Must Have Tool for the 2016 Cybils

So last year, I kicked off Cybils blogging with some zombies. Not sure how to top the undead and stay apolitical, but I’ll do my blogger best and start with a question: Do you know where your library card is?* I hope so! It is a must-have for Cybils judges and any blogger who loves to read along when the nominations start rolling in beginning October 1. Oh, you’ve never been a judge in the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards? Then this is your year! We are looking for bloggers with new voices. Just. Like. Yours.  If you contribute regularly to a blog, podcast, or vlog about any aspect of children’s or young adult literature, then consider yourself … Read more

Roscoe Riley Rules Throwback Thursday!

Welcome November! The end of Daylight Savings Time is the (unofficial) start of Cuddle Up with a Book season! We thought we’d kick it off with the Roscoe Riley Rules series. Katherine Applegate’s illustrated chapter series is a perfect read aloud for mixed audiences, and laugh-out-loud practice for nearly independent readers. We started reading this series with our 7-year old daughter as a read-aloud before bedtime. By the time book three arrived on the scene, she was devouring them without us! Our #TBT Review selection includes four books from the series, and we welcome reviews of any of the books in the series. Add them to our linkup or in the comments! Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends … Read more

A Cybils Graphic Novel Nominee for #TBT

We are going to close our Cybils-centric series of Throwback Thursday selections with the Graphic Novel category. In 2009, Matt Phelan’s The Storm in the Barn was a nominee in the Elementary / Middle Grade subcategory. The Storm in the Barn written by Matt Phelan illustrated by Matt Phelan Candlewick Press, 2009 It is a miserable summer for Jack Clark and his family. As if the parched land and dying cattle and “dust dementia” aren’t enough, Jack is the target of local bullies and his dad’s frustration. Jack spots something in the Talbot’s Barn, but that’s off limits. Since when has that ever stopped a young boy? But what if it turns out to be bigger than him? This is … Read more