For my purposes, the term "kidlit" includes young adult literature as well.

For many reasons, I’m looking to become more active in the kidlit community.  I know who the major blog players are.  I’m a member of the Kidlitosphere listserv.  I’m also a member of Child_Lit.  I’m just wondering if there’s anywhere I’m missing where really great conversations are going on.

Suggestions, anyone?

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  1. Stay up-to-date on the latest kidlitosphere news. It can be hard to keep up with everything that’s going on in the Kidlitosphere. The News Blog at KC has a column listing important dates and compiles information about Kidlitosphere events, award nominations and wins, and Jen Robinson’s visits to other blogs.
  2. Find ways to participate in the community. With information on challenges, blog carnivals and multi-blog weekly events, KC’s Resources page provides you everything you need to know to jump right into the Kidlitosphere, whether you are new to the community or have been around a while but just have gotten a bit lonely.
  3. Find new books to read. On the aforementioned Resources page, KC lists multiple resources that will help you learn about new-to-you books and decide if you’d like to read them.
  4. Make new friends. l’ve been perusing the membership lists at KC and am delighted to find several kindred spirits who I hope will become friends as I engage with them in the comments of their blogs.
  5. Keep up with your favorite authors and illustrators. KC has a comprehensive list of author/illustrator-bloggers. For me, the accessibility these blogs provide is remarkable. I want to squee with delight every time I interact with one of my favorite authors.

What are some other ways you’re using Kidlitosphere Central?

In case you haven’t seen it yet, Kidlitosphere Central is a hub of activity/resources for the society of bloggers in children’s and young adult literature. I’m honored to be listed among its members. I spent part of the day yesterday and today poking around the membership list and wanted to share just a few interesting posts I found. You can expect more posts like this from me in the future.

From 100 Scope Notes: Three Tips for a Successful Book Fair
When I was a student, the book fair was one of my favorite school events. To my knowledge, the school where I teach does not have one, which I think is typical of a high school. I don’t know if as a librarian/media coordinator I will ever get to produce one, but if I do, I will be going back to this post for help.

From the Almost Librarian: Check It Out At Your Local Library. An excellent catalog of all the resources libraries have to offer that patrons might not know about. I would love to see this turned into a handout to be distributed at schools and libraries and maybe other places, too.

From Becky’s Book Reviews: Why Keep Blogging?
Becky asks many good questions about reviewer-author relationships, blog commenting etiquette, and explains her thoughts on these issues.

From Biblio File: Reading Journals
On the brink of filling up her current reading journal, Jennie shares photographs and asks for suggestions on a new notebook to use.

From Bildungsroman: Interviews of Hope
Little Willow is asking authors for their definition of hope and compiling links to her interviews with them at this post.

From Blue Rose Girls: libraries i have seen
Grace Lin shares photographs of the various school libraries she’s toured.

From The Book Chook: What to Do Before You Drop Everything (and read)
I missed DEAR day, which was April 12, but Susan’s methods for finding a new book are valuable any day of the year.

I hope you enjoy these posts. Look for more next time I go poking around Kidlitosphere Central!

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