Reviews that Made Me Want the Book: July 6
Summer Reading Rant at The Reading Zone

Sunday Afternoon Visits: Holiday Weekend Edition

It was a pretty quiet weekend on the blogs, what with the July 4th holiday in the US and all. Still, I ran across a few things that I wanted to share:

  • Jill is hosting a Family Reading Challenge and Giveaway at The Well-Read Child. After discussing her reasons for starting this challenge, she says "Would you like to spend more time reading and challenge yourself and your family to read a bit every day? If so, I'd love it if you joined me! The only rule is that you try to fit in time every day." Sounds like a worthy goal to me. Jill also has some excellent books that she's going to give away to participants.
  • Over at the Reading Zone, Sarah asks readers for book recommendations for her nine year old sister, "a voracious reader." There are tons of suggestions in the comments (including a few from me), so if you are looking for ideas for the nine year old in your life, this post is worth checking out.
  • And, if you're looking for recommendations for slightly younger readers, check out the conclusion of Gail Gauthier's Three Robbers blog tour, with links to all of the interviews/early chapter book discussions.
  • At Shrinking Violet Promotions, Mary Hershey and Robin LaFevers have an event going on in honor of the launch of Mary's new book (10 Lucky Things that Have Happened to Me Since I Nearly Got Hit by Lightning) that will get books into the hands of young girls who need them. Explains Robin, Mary "has invited her friends and family to purchase a gift card (by phone if that’s easier) from our local independent bookstore, Chaucer’s, and then in turn designate that it be used to buy a copy of our books (yes we're doing a buddy signing!) to be donated to Girls, Inc. so that a girl that might not otherwise have a chance to read or own the books might do so." How cool is that?
  • Shelf Elf is celebrating her upcoming one-year blogiversary. And she is seeking presents. Not to worry, though. All she wants are your book recommendations. If you read Shelf Elf, and would like to show your support, just head on over to this post, and leave a link to one of your reviews in the comments.
  • Speaking of showing support, congratulations to Mitali Perkins, whose Rickshaw Girl (reviewed here) was recently named to The Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association's list of 25 Notable Books for a Global Society. She's in some excellent company, too. If you're looking for some globally diverse book recommendations, do check out the full list.

And now, for the first time since I left on June 19th to go to my brother's wedding, I'm feeling caught up with what's going on in the Kidlitosphere -- reviews, literacy news, and other general happenings. Next up -- catching up on my own reviews. I've read some great stuff lately, and hope to have time to write a bunch of reviews later this week.