It's been another eventful week around the Kidlitosphere. Here are some links, for your perusal:
April is National Poetry Month. There are a host of activities going on around the Kidlitosphere in celebration. Happily, Laura Evans of All Things Poetry has compiled a list (which I in turn copied from Finding Wonderland - you can find more details there):
- 30 Poets/30 Days in April 2010 @ GottaBook
- New GLBTQ Teen Poetry @ I'm Here, I'm Queer, What the Hell Do I Read?
- Poems about Teaching @ A Year of Reading
- Poetry Book Giveaway @ Irene Latham
- Poetry Makers @ The Miss Rumphius Effect
- Poetry Potluck @ Jama Rattigan’s alphabet soup
- Poetry Tag @ Sylvia Vardell's Poetry for Children
- Poetry Postcard Project @ Jone MacCulloch
- Thirty Days, Thirty Students, Thirty Poems @ Jone MacCulloch
- Share a Poem @ Laura Purdie Salas
- Original Poem-A-Day Challenge: The following people are challenging themselves to write a poem a day. Poems will appear on the poet’s site: Susan Taylor Brown; Mary Lee Hahn; Andromeda Jazmon; Irene Latham; Jone MacCulloch; Elizabeth Moore; April Halprin Wayland.
This week I was honored to receive not one but two blog awards from Dawn Little of Literacy Toolbox. Like my co-honoree Terry Doherty, I'm not one to pass along awards like this - I don't like picking sub-sets of my favorite blogs, according to anyone else's criteria. But I am delighted to be in such wonderful company with the other names on Dawn's list.
I was also happy to have my blog listed as a resource recently on the Education and Social Sciences Library (ESSL) Children's Literature Blog. Katelyn Edds chose a selection of blogs based on "how often the blogs were updated, their layout and content, and how often the blogs were cited by others as being authoritative." I'm in excellent company there, too, with blogs like Fuse #8, Readergirlz, and Guys Lit Wire, to name a few.
Speaking of Terry Doherty, her writer's prompt at Booklights this month is a fun one - Mad Libs. Oh, how I loved Mad Libs when I was in middle school. She talks about some different versions of the Mad Libs idea, shares some memories, and discusses why Mad Libs and related word games are an excellent literacy tool. Fun stuff! Ann also talks about writing prompts for kids in her monthly Booklights post. Great minds thinking alike, I guess.
Liz B responds at Tea Cozy to a recent New York Times article by Julie Just about problem parents in young adult literature. I agree 100% with Liz's conclusion: "Just as parents need to get out of the way for their teenagers to mature into adults, so should we adults who read and review young adult books get out of the way of the intended audience -- the teens. Yes, we can read and enjoy those books; but let's not ask for those books to be written to reflect our reality of adults and parents." But do read the whole post. Monica Edinger chimes in on the Times piece, too, though more briefly.
At the Book Whisperer, Donalyn Miller continues her series on resources to help teachers discover books for kids. This time, she discusses Twitter (where you can find her at @DonalynBooks). She gives tons of great examples of the fun that is following the kidlit twitterverse.
The NCBLA blog reports on the start of the Exquisite Corpse Adventure Mystery Author Contest. The idea is for school classes to "Play Twenty Questions with other Exquisite Corpse Adventure readers around the country to help identify The Mystery Author! Every class that solves the mystery and emails in the correct guess will be entered into a drawing to win a collection of books valued at over $500 for their classroom or library, plus a phone conversation with The Mystery Author!"
- I haven't mentioned it in a while, and thought that I would draw your attention to the latest installment of Sherry Early's Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon. Every week, Sherry asks contributors to link to their reviews from the week - resulting in links to dozens of book reviews.
- Mitali Perkins shares an inspiring plea from 8th grader Anisha N. on behalf of her school library.
- Lenore's International Book Blogger Mentor program is up and running. She shares some of the featured bloggers at Presenting Lenore.
- At the Tidy Books blog, Ian Newbold is wondering whether or not children's books should come with warnings (e.g. if a character dies).
- Doret wraps up her fun 9 Authors - 12 Baseball Questions series at TheHappyNappyBookseller.
- If you need more kidlitosphere news, check out the latest FuseNews from Betsy Bird at A Fuse #8 Production. There are also some interesting news links in Joanne Meier's Food for Thought post at Reading Rockets this week.
- And finally, Kate Coombs has this week's Poetry Friday roundup at Book Aunt.
I'll be away from the computer tomorrow, celebrating Easter as well as baseball's Opening Day (finally!). Wishing you all a Happy Easter or Passover, or anything else that you might celebrate, and a happy spring.
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