Thursday Blurb: This requires more than 140 characters

Dear blogging friends, followers, and subscribers, Thank you for your patience and loyalty. For the past several days I have been clearing out the cobwebs of summer and am seeing just how much you’ve done to support the Reading Tub while I was away these past 60 days. My heartfelt thanks to the authors and publishers who sent us books. They are now unwrapped and logged in our database. We hope to match them with reviewers soon. I am VERY grateful for all of the mentions and new followers on Twitter. It took 4 hours (!) to read the emails that introduced you as a new follower or recognized your tweeting on our behalf. We are now following you in … Read more

Monday Blurb: KidLitCon 2011 – September in Seattle

Wow! September in Seattle celebrating all the things I love … autumn, friends, and childrens & Young Adult books, authors, and illustrators. Buried too deep in a post last week, I mentioned that planning for the fifth annual KidLitCon was underway. Last year I couldn’t go because of a family commitment, but I left room in the budget so I wouldn’t miss it this year. Yes, it is just that special. I’ve only been to one other (Washington, DC), but the experience was so wonderful that KidLitCon goes on my annual short list of conferences to attend. Why? Glad you asked. 1. Camaraderie – KidLitCon not only gives me a chance to put names with faces and chat with rock-star … Read more

Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup – End of June 2011

Welcome new readers, subscribers, and followers! As a literacy passionista, you know there is a lot of information about reading, books, and literacy in the blogosphere. Together, Jen Robinson @  Jen Robinson’s Book Page, Carol Rasco @  Rasco from RIF, and I pull together some of the cool / new / interesting content and publish a children’s literacy and reading news round-up.  Carol Rasco does a lovely wrap-up and look ahead. Carol’s June in Review post went up I always love Carol’s posts because she adds such wonderful dimensions to the conversation. With her short blurb about Get Caught Reading, she reminds us that ANYTIME is a great time to get caught. Since 1999, this nationwide campaign encourages all of … Read more