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Saturday Afternoon Visits: January 6

Happy Armenian Christmas / Three Kings Day! As I catch back up on the kidlitosphere after the holidays, I've found a plethora of things to share with you. It's hard to even know where to begin - my tireless colleagues have so much going on. But here's a start:

  • Susan has updated her compilation of "best of 2006" lists over at Chicken Spaghetti. A valuable resource for anyone looking for reading suggestions.
  • Kelly over at Big A little a reminds people that she's hosting the 10th Carnival of Children's Literature. Get your nominations in by January 15th - your best post from December and early January.
  • There is an interesting discussion taking place about age ranges, and the appropriateness of 12 as the cut-off for calling a book "young adult." It starts with Justine Larbalestier, continues at Chicken Spaghetti, and continues again on Mitali's Fire Escape and A Fuse #8 Production. Little Willow weighs in with her comments on why she doesn't use the term middle grade at all, and proposes separate age designations for elementary school, middle school, and high school.
  • And speaking of A Fuse #8 Production, Betsy's Golden Fuse Awards are not to be missed. She offers up awards for 2006 publications in all sorts of categories, including "most misleading cover" and "best villain of the year".
  • Also not to be missed is Franki and Mary Lee's one-year anniversary post "What a Great Year to be a Blogger" over at A Year of Reading. They have a month-by-month listing of the highlights of the kidlitosphere, from the Hot Men of Children's Literature inauguration to the 48 Hour Book Challenge to my own Cool Girls and Cool Boys lists. It's such a nice stroll down memory lane, this post! On a related note, congratulations to Mary Lee and Franki for reaching their personal goal of having 100 Cool Teachers on their list! Nice timing, that it came right at their one-year anniversary.
  • Another recent trend in blog posts is blog resolutions, started, I believe, by Sherry at Semicolon, with an impressive list of 10. Liz B. at A Chair, A Fireplace and A Tea Cozy also weighs in with her seven blog goals, and MotherReader touches on the issue in her Happy New Year post. Meanwhile, a.fortis offers up her writing resolutions at Finding Wonderland., and the Longstockings tackle writing goals, too. Like MotherReader, I find the idea of resolving to comment more on other people's blogs most appealing. I also would like to increase the number of book reviews that I write, while simultaneously writing better reviews, though the inherent time conflict might make doing both impossible. Maybe I could give up doing laundry or something...
  • Also available at Semicolon, a compilation of bloggers' 2006 reading lists and 2007 reading goals. It's an impressive collection of links to more than 50 lists. There is a wide range in terms of number of books read, as well as in preferences, but I would think most people will be able to identify with at least a few of the lists.
  • Another trend in 2007 reading goals is the alphabet-based list, where you name a book that you would like to read starting with each letter of the alphabet. I learned about this at Booktopia, where Stacy shares her alphabet list
  • And, while we're on the subject of 2007 reading goals, Michele from Scholar's Blog is starting an online book discussion group. She was inspired in part by her enjoyable discussions with the Cybils fantasy and science fiction nominating committee, and she has already generated a groundswell of interest. The first book to be discussed will be Susan Cooper's King of Shadows. It's shaping up to be another great year!
  • It should be a great year for librarians, too. Librarian is one of the 25 "get-ahead careers of 2007", per U. S. News and World Report. Thanks to A Fuse #8 Production for the link. Fuse also reminded me about the Nancy Pearl librarian action figure, which I was slightly baffled (though highly entertained) to receive as a Christmas gift this year from my friend Mark. Thanks Mark!

And that's quite enough for now. My eyes are glazed over. But it's great to feel more caught up with all of you!