CYBILS – Voting Is Now Open

We’re going to try something new this morning: a simulpost on both of our blogs. So here goes … Nominations for the Third Annual Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literacy Awards (Cybils) have now opened. This is an awards program where YOU get the chance to tell us about your favorite book in up to nine categories. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I have pulled all the important information you need to know about the Awards. Anne Boles Levy and Kelly Herold founded the award to highlight books that are high in both literary quality and kid appeal. The Nomination process lasts only two week: October 1 to October 15, 2008. Anyone can nominate books in these categories You can … Read more

Random Review No. 3: Poetry in the Dark

It only seems fittingThat random review no. 3Celebrates National Poetry MonthSo here’s a poem from me! Poetry month is nearly over I can’t believe it’s May. The roses will be blooming Just in time for Mother’s Day! My Parents Think I’m SleepingI Can Read Book Series, Level 3author: Jack Prelutsky, Children’s Poet Laureate illustrated by: Yossi Abolafia Publisher: HarperTrophy, reprint edition 2008 This collection of 14 poems let you laugh, remember, and enjoy those childhood moments that made an everyday event larger than life. The rhyming text and illustrations add to the fun, which inevitably will surface a giggle and some “fond” memories. When you mention the words poem or poetry, the stereotypes kick in. That’s unfortunate. Kids love sing-song … Read more

The Dog Days of Summer

August is just around the corner, and I’ve yet to discover that “quiet” part of the summer. Our collection of books to read continues to grow faster than we can send them to our family readers. In July we shipped out nearly 50 books! With school about to start in many places, there will be fewer opportunities for them to take on new material, so we’re going to use this space to advertise books available for review. Publishers and authors have sent us some truly unique books and reading-related materials. The fastest growing part of the collection is a genre of educational books that are perfect for sharing as a family or in a home-schooling situation. To participate in the … Read more