Ode to the Mother of Fiction Picture Books

Can I be honest? I’m still in a little bit of shock. I still pinch myself. Fiction Picture Books Chair for the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards. Wow. Cybils + Fiction Picture Books = MotherReader I’ll just put it out there – MotherReader (aka Pam Coughlan) is a rock star.  Oh, let me count the ways … 10. Pam is the mom of two girls. GIRLS ROCK. 9. She is a children’s librarian. My dream job. 8. Pam taught me how to “blog” kidlit and do it right. Any failures of execution are completely my own. 7. I can always count on Festivus to make me feel better. You should try it. 6. She spearheaded Kidlitosphere Central, aka the … Read more

Cybils Awards v. The Walking Dead – a No Brainer

Why count the days until the The Walking Dead, when you could already be celebrating the launch of the 2015 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (@Cybils)?! See, I told you it was a no brainer! This year, the Cybils Awards are celebrating its 10th Year! The 2015 Call for Judges opened on Monday, so while you’re waiting for that show to start, head on over to the blog to learn more about the Cybils Awards and, think about applying as a judge. Rather than repeat last year’s post with my top three reasons why being part of the Cybils Awards rocks, I am going to ask you to consider three questions. 1. Do you read and blog about … Read more

Rock the Cybils Awards (and 3 Reasons You Should Apply)

The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (aka Cybils) is not an event … it is a season. My favorite season. Why? Well, I love autumn, I love Christmas, and I love Valentine’s Day, and Cybils happens during them all! Oh, and it is all about my favorite things – reading and talking about children’s and young adult literature. For the first time in years, I won’t be the Chair of the Easy Reader / Early Chapter Book Category. I am so excited for new chair Katie Fitzgerald. Her passion for the genre is limitless and she’s just gonna rock. Don’t miss your chance to rock Cybils season. Here are my top 3 reasons why you should waste no … Read more