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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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