Children's Literacy Round-Up: June 9
Growing Bookworms Newsletter: June 10, 2008

Bonny Becker, Contest Winners, and Blog Tour Controversy

I was off in my own little world over the weekend, doing the 48 Hour Book Challenge. But now that I've had some time to catch up, I have a couple of links for you.

  • First up, congratulations to Bonny Becker. Her wonderful picture book, A Visitor for Bear, was featured by Daniel Pinkwater and Scott Simon on NPR this weekend. Bonny told me that it was coming up, and then I got the direct link from Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect. This is one of my favorite books so far this year, and I'm thrilled to see it getting such positive attention.
  • The winners have been announced for MotherReader's 48 Hour Book Challenge. A couple of these people spent astonishing amounts of time, and/or read astonishing numbers of books. It's very impressive. I'm also intrigued by the suggestion that a couple of people have made, about somehow using this to raise money for charity next year.
  • On a lighter note, 100 Scope Notes has an entertaining little tongue-in-cheek piece about movie adaptations of children's books. It's very fun - you should read it.
  • On Thursday I mentioned the new blog tour site KidzBookBuzz. I've since learned a bit more about it. I didn't realize that the authors were paying for the blog tours, above and beyond providing books, which makes me a bit more skeptical about this endeavor than when I mentioned it before. The whole thing has generated a fair bit of controversy among the children's book blogs. I suspect that there would be even more controversy, but for the distraction of the 48 Hour Book Challenge. Anyway, you can see critical posts at Chasing Ray (and also here), Big A little a, and Kelly Fineman. Becky's Book Reviews, on the other hand, takes a more positive view. I've already decided not to participate in this - organized blog tours are not really my thing. Also, for me, the idea of getting free books and making some sort of promise that you'll blog about the book unless you really hate it, well, that doesn't work for me. But I wouldn't rule out it working for other people. I would just recommend that if you're thinking of participating in this, you read the above posts, and weight the pros and cons for yourself. And if you're an author thinking of using this service, you should read the above posts, too.

And that's it for today. I also have a few more titles for my "want to read list" that came out of this weekend, but I'll save those for a post later in the week. I think that everyone has plenty of ideas for their reading lists right now.