Thursday Blurb: BookExpo America and the Book Blogger Convention

Publishing University, BookExpo America, and the Book Blogger Convention were jam-packed with ideas and suggestions on ways to connect with books, improve blogging, and expand your circle of friends. Read more

Setting the Benchmarks for 2010

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone.  The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.~ Lin Yutang Brenda Power opened the 10 December 2009 of Choice Literacy newsletter with this quote. My  mind was moving toward the annual annual time-to-reflect trek, so it resonated quite loudly in my brain (so much so that when I got serious about writing this post, I had to go back and find it!) I also went back to  my answers to Pam’s Inner blogger questions from the Kidlitosphere Conference. Together, they helped me outline 2010, both as a blogger and a business owner. I come to the year with a mix of … Read more

Reading Ahead – December

These are the review previews Picture Books (all ages) This just looks adorable, and the back cover is a great little map. ___________ An Illustrated Guide to Mythical Creatures by Anita Ganeri; illustrated by David West (Hammond  World Atlas, 2009) This is a text-heavy picture book for older audiences. The illustrations are fascinating and have a “read more” quality about them. ____________ The name of the series is what grabbed me immediately: A Catching the Reading Bug Book! Magic Words and its companion book Magic Letters: The Keys to the World of Words like a creative way to help kids understand word families and build stories at the same time. ___________ Mommy Draw Stars The author describes this book as … Read more