Get Organized: A Look at 2015 and a Lean into 2016

January is National Get Organized Month. Seems like a no brainer: out with the old, in with the new. New year, new ideas … you get the picture. Before I can get organized and set new goals, I usually need to stop and look back. Where are we? How did we get here? and (most importantly) What’s next? 2015 was an amazing year for the Reading Tub. So before I talk about what’s next, let me share where we are. Book Donations Truth be told, for most of 2015, my office was overrun by books that had been read and/or reviewed, and were waiting to find the right home. In November, we found them. We delivered 660 board books, picture books, … Read more

2015 Cybils Fiction Picture Book Introductions (Round 2)

It is with great pleasure – and even more excitement! – that I introduce to you the Judges for the 2015 CYBILS (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards) Fiction Picture Book Category. Yesterday I introduced the Fiction Picture Book Panelists for Round 1. Today please welcome the Round 2 Judges. This group of five jurists begin their work on January 1, 2016, when the list of finalists is announced. From that group of 5 to 7 books they will name the 2015 Cybils Fiction Picture Book winner.  [The winner is announced February 14, 2016 – in case you want to mark your calendar!] 2015 Cybils Fiction Picture Book Judges These introductions were created using each blogger’s about page and avatar. The … Read more

AmazonSmile – Shop & Give Back

Have you heard about the new AmazonSmile program? It has only been around for a few months. For nonprofits like The Reading Tub that rely on “passive fundraising,” AmazonSmile is a reason to, well, smile! In a nutshell, AmazonSmile is Amazon, with all the features and selection of products on the main site. BUT, when you shop smile.amazon.com the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations you select. The Reading Tub is one of the charities in the AmazonSmile philanthropic initiative. What is particularly beneficial to us is that there are no fees associated with the donation (unlike Paypal, which takes a small slice of your monetary contribution). It also doesn’t cost you … Read more