I'm going to be traveling with very limited email access for the next week or so, and so will probably not be posting anything or responding to comments. I'm sure that I'll miss it, but I'll read as much as I can, and I'll be back with you after July 4th. Please check back with me then.
In the meantime, I recommend that you check out the newly published issue of the online children's literature journal The Edge of the Forest. There are lots of reviews and features in this issue, including a review that I wrote of the young adult novel How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. Be sure to also check out Kelly Herold's review of The Book Thief, Kelly's interview with blogging writer Susan Taylor Brown, and Pam Coughlan's feature article chock full of gift book suggestions for children up to age seven, along with many other articles. It's paradise for people interested in children's literature.
I also have a contribution to the July/August issue of Bookmarks Magazine. I submitted a recommended reading list of children's books that I thought adults would enjoy, with brief descriptions of the books. The article isn't available online, but you can probably find Bookmarks at your local bookstore. They also have lots of great articles and reviews. There's not usually a lot pertaining to children's books, but it's an excellent publication for book lovers.
So, read The Edge of the Forest. Pick up a copy of Bookmarks Magazine. Visit some of the many wonderful blogs listed in my sidebar (down and to the right). And I'll be back with you as soon as I can. Thanks!