It took a bit of doing, after traveling for five days last week, but I am finally caught up again with the blogs in my reader. Here are some highlights.
Pam is rounding up KidLitCon writeups at MotherReader. If you have a post about the conference that's not included, leave the link in the comments at MotherReader, and Pam or Bill will get it added to the list. I've been hearing feedback on my conference post that people who didn't attend are finding the various writeups useful, which is good to hear.
Cybils nominations are now closed, and nominating committee panelists are reading and reviewing away. Approximately 950 titles were nominated across the nine categories. Sheila Ruth is contacting publishers about review copies, and shares details at the Cybils blog.
Tuesday was the National Day of Writing. I was digging out of email after last weekend's trip, and pretty much missed the festivities. But I did manage to submit an entry to Mary Lee and Franki's Gallery of Writing: A Lifetime of Reading. You can even see me on a short video that Mary Lee made about the gallery at A Year of Reading (at least, I think you can - I never have the nerve to actually watch myself on video). I especially loved Melissa's submission, childhood and a love of reading, which you can find at Book Nut. Melissa describes how she rediscovered the power of children's literature as an adult, and never looked back. Of course I agree with her completely that "some of the best stories out there are being written for children and young adults".
This weekend many book bloggers are participating in Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon. Here's a brief description from the Readathon website: "For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October." There are about 140 bloggers participating (some from the Kidlitosphere, others from the broader book blogging community).
The blog Saffron Tree is hosting a "book festival called CROCUS, for a week, starting yesterday, Oct 23rd, 2009. The theme is "Around the world in 7 days" and true to this, there will be an avalanche of reviews of wonderful books focusing on folktales, immigrant tales, modern tales, a crossword contest, and some interesting author interviews. This is all in the spirit of the blog to promote reading to children, and more so, of culturally diverse books." (Text from an email that I received about the event.)
- At Kiddosphere, Jennifer Schultz has a feature in honor of Children's Magazine Month. Jennifer also shares her thoughts on children's books that would make great movies.
- Episode 3 of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is now available. This installment was contributed by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Calef Brown.
- The most recent Poetry Friday roundup is at Big A little a. The most recent Nonfiction Monday roundup is at Lori Calabrese Writes!.
- Cheryl Rainfield shares part 6 of her occasional series on gift ideas for book loves, writers, and editors.
- Lee Wind suggests that anonymity regarding book covers is a plus of eBook readers for boys reading books that might be considered "girly", and for boys and girls reading GLBTQ titles.
- At Educating Alice, Monica Edinger discusses the question of whether or not a picture book could receive the Newbery Award (inspired by a post at Heavy Medal).
- Tristan Bancks has a nice little post about the power of time off. He notes: "Creative work starts to feel samey when you work too hard for too long. You forget why you love it", and recommends getting away from time to time.
- James Preller (author of Six Innings) has a powerful memorial post about a boy named Ben.
- Angie has a thoughtful post at Angieville about "those unexpected moments that give you pause, the passages, the words, the emotions they evoke. These are the passages that become favorites, that you go back and re-read to savor."
- Also, following up on her bad boys piece from last month, Angie has a post about nice guys from stories. She starts with the prototypical nice guy from literature, Gilbert Blythe (noting "capable of a little wickedness" as a requirement for the list).
- GreenBeanTeenQueen shares her favorite sick day books and movies. Anne Shirley features prominently. Some of my favorite comfort reads are by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, and D. E. Stevenson. What about you?
- At Tea Cozy, Liz B profiles Semicolon's Saturday Review of Books feature.
- Travis has an entertaining, tongue-in-cheek post at 100 Scope Notes about "things librarians fancy".
- And, for a final fun post, the NCBLA blog links to an online contest at the New Yorker by which people can submit photos of their pets dressed up as literary characters (for instance, long-suffering dog Poppy dressed as The Velveteen Rabbit).
That's all for today. Wishing you all a peaceful weekend.