Happy New Year – Let the #Cybils Reading Begin

Is there really any better way to finish one year and start another? I think not! Last night, just before midnight, I finished The Dragons of Ordinary Farm [review coming soon.] That means today I need something new to read. Are you in the same boat? Let me suggest you peruse the 2015 Cybils Finalists lists. With 89 books across 11 categories / genres, there are plenty of highly-recommended books to choose for your first reads of 2016. Want to take it the extra step? Pick your favorite category and read along with the Round 2 judges.  Yes, your library is closed today, but their online catalog isn’t! Visit worldcat.org to find and reserve the books you want to read. … Read more

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