Life Is Good – Let’sMake #FLIPforLiteracy a Reality

Help Us Win $50,000 for #FLIPforLiterach You may have noticed our new, shiny yellow badge. We are very honored to be sporting that logo!! The Reading Tub is one of about 100 national nonprofits invited and selected to be part of the Life is Good $125,000 Challenge. The Challenge is a friendly fundraising campaign launched by Life is Good, the lifestyle brand which uses its clothing as a vehicle to spread the power of optimism. This is a 30-day Fundraising Challenge that started on Monday, November 2. The idea is to #GROWtheGood for organizations that strengthen our communities. To give back to those charities, Life is Good will be donating $125,000 to organizations dedicated to helping children. The organization that raises the most … Read more

Nominations Please: My Cybils Prep Steps

In roughly 48 hours, the nominations period for the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) opens. From October 1 to October 15, readers can nominate one book in any or all of the Cybils categories. Book Apps Easy Reader / Early Chapter (fiction and nonfiction) Elementary / Middle Grade Nonfiction Elementary / Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Fiction Picture Books Graphic Novels (younger audience and young adult) Middle Grade Fiction Poetry Young Adult Fiction Young Adult Speculative Fiction In years past, I’ve kept a running list of books I think represent the Cybils mission and would make great candidates. This year, I forgot. Over the next day or so, I’ll be going back through my review list to select nominees … Read more

Character Counts! A Writer’s Perspective by Fiona Ingram

Several years ago, (then) debut South African author Fiona Ingram asked us to read her new book: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab. It was the first book in a middle grade adventure series that is part India Jones, part Spy Kids. Earlier this year, Fiona published the second title, The Search for the Sword of Excalibur. Over the years we’ve kept in touch. In talking about an author’s journey, we had a wonderful conversation about how authors build their characters. We also talked about “author character” – the impact a reviewer’s comments can have on how a writer approaches his/her work. I found Fiona’s experiences and perspective not just interesting, but valuable. I invited her to build on the concepts of … Read more