Looking for ways to keep up on the latest in children’s literature? Here are five of our favorite blogs that can help you with that:
This blog by three dads highlights books that show fatherhood in a positive light. Book Dads includes book reviews, spotlights authors and interviews, gives advice and resources for dads to help promote reading to their children, and provides parenting resources for dads
Abby the Librarian
On this blog you’ll find library programs, book reviews, details of what a children’s librarian does all day, and Abby’s thoughts about librarianship and anything book- or library-related.
Jen Robinson’s Book Page
This blog helps people encourage children to love books, through book reviews, literacy news and a bi-weekly Growing Bookworms email newsletter.
Six Boxes of Books
Three sisters (Wendy, Laurie and Kathleen) talk about books. Wendy is a nurse in Seattle. Laurie is a middle school librarian in Seattle. Kathleen works in an elementary school in Portland.
Five Great Books
Anastasia Suen, author of 129 books for children and adults, a literacy blogger, and a former teacher (to name just a few of her many talents) writes this blog that lists great books for children beginning to read.
Having a hard time getting in the holiday spirit? Gather round and listen to some heartwarming holiday tales and poems. My new favorite blog is USEDBUYER 2.0, a delightful collection of essays, doodles, reviews, clerihews, quotations, observations and all manner of wonderfulness from out of the mind of Brad Craft, used book buyer for the University Bookstore. It is also one of the very best places I know to get your Christmas on! If you missed Brad’s readings of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory, you can hear some great poems and stories for the season right here. I also had the opportunityto read a Christmas poem on NPR’s All Things Considered this week: have a listen.
Did you know we’re smack in the middle of Book Blogger’s Appreciation Week? Yuh-huh. So let me take this opportunity to appreciate a recent arrival on the scene that really fills a gap in the local blogosphere: Reading Local Seattle. Started by up this past July by local author Matt Briggs as a sibling of Reading Local Portland in what we hope will be the beginning of a more widespread movement of local literary sites, Reading Local Seattle (is it too early to call it RLS?) is a gathering place for information and opinion on “locally produced literature, zines, pamphlets, blogs, novels, chapbooks, poetry, performance and anything else concerned with the written or spoken word.” You can read more about the site’s Puget Sound-wide plans in their first post, and be sure and link up and subscribe to their feed while you’re there – this could be just the sort of hangout that our bookish city deserves. See you there.