Fanfare for a New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome 2012!! There is no better way to wake up on January 1 than to know that fellow kidlit bookworms are checking out all of the CYBILS short lists. Really. Is there ANYTHING more exciting than the prospect of new books to read? Dear Easy Reader and Early Chapter Book Judges, We have spent the fall talking about books in our category and narrowing the choices to finalists.  I am happy to report that the panelists did NOT make it easy for you. But that’s their job, right? This year we have four Easy Reader finalists and five Early Chapter Books on the short list.  So without further ado, I present you their thoughts on the books … Read more

Books We Read – September 2011

Yeah! The trips to the school library have resumed! Remember last month when I said that the earthquake became a point of reading interest? Well the 1-2-punch of the earthquake and Hurricane Irene pushed research into another weather phenomena: tornadoes! We’re slowly getting back into the swing of reviews, too. This month we have more new reviews than we have books read. I shared a stack of 2010 Cybils-nominated Easy Readers with one of our families after the winners were announced and those reviews are now in, too. As always, we would love to get our visitors reading YOUR REVIEWS!  InLinkz ( offers YOU an easy-to-use process and US a more secure system for connecting our reviews. It has thumbnails, … Read more

Books We Read – August 2011

Another slow month … bigger chapter books, more time off line, and a week kicked off with a misfortunate event, summer swim championships, an earthquake, and the resumption of school. The good news about the earthquake was that it opened the door for some research and you-know-who devoured every newspaper article she could get her hands on! Ah, small victories. We haven’t put up any reviews, but would love to get our visitors reading YOURS! We are using InLinkz on the Reading Tub website now.  InLinkz ( offers us a more secure system for connecting our reviews – and has thumbnails, too!!  I cannot say enough great things about Team Inlinkz and their level of support and service … or … Read more