Sunday, February 24, 2008

Blogs That Make My Day

Wow…I thought I had posted this weeks ago, but as I was looking through my posts, it was still in draft form. I was so excited to receive my first award, I can’t believe I failed to publish my reaction and pass on the love.

Sabrina at Breeni Books awarded me the “Blogs that Make My Day Award.”

Here’s what she had to say: “As a homeschooling mom, I'm always looking for new ideas in children's literature. The Well-Read Child offers detailed reviews and lesson planning links.”

Thanks so much Sabrina! If you haven’t checked out Breeni Books, Sabrina features very thoughtful reviews of books from all genres and age levels, from picture books to cook books. She’s partly responsible for the giant stack of books in my to-be-read pile. J

Here are just a few of the blogs that really make my day:

KidLit Blogs

Jen Robinson’s Book Page
Jen is passionate about reading, literacy, and helping parents help their kids grow up loving books. On her blog, Jen gives detailed and thoughtful reviews of children’s books at all reading levels. She also offers a wealth of literacy tips and resources to help kids learn to enjoy reading. Finally, Jen sends out a weekly Growing Bookworms Newsletter that includes the week’s book reviews and literacy and reading updates from her blog. Subscribe if you haven’t already!

Wizards Wireless
Susan at Wizards Wireless discusses children’s books, comic strips, and all things Harry Potter. I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter and love it when Susan posts about clues and other stuff that I missed in the series. It makes me want to read the books all over again. In addition, Susan does a great job of letting her readers participate in her blog by offering lots of fun polls. She also discusses much more, so check it out.

Big A little a
Kelly Herold runs this blog, a companion piece to the online monthly journal, The Edge of the Forest, that showcases children's literature. At Big A little A, you can expect thoughtful and comprehensive reviews on a variety of children's and young adult books, updates in the kidlit community, weekly roundup of reviews in the press, and much more. Kelly is a major force in the Kidlit community--in addition to heading up The Edge of the Forest, she organizes Poetry Friday and is a Cybils co-founder. (I'm sure I'm missing something here.) Her passion for children's literature and reading is evident, and I urge you to check out Big A little a if you haven't already.

Class of 2k8
The Class of 2k8 is the blog for a community of middle grade and young adult authors whose first novels are being released in 2008. Here, you can learn more about the authors and their books, get recent news, and even play fun games like they featured this week. If you want to get to know and support up and coming authors, the Class of 2k8 blog is the place for you.

Mom Blogs

dkMommy Spot
As a new mommy, I am always looking for ways to live a healthier lifestyle and give my daughter the healthiest, chemical-free options out there. At dkMommy Spot, Diane talks about natural remedies, herbs, and healthy cooking. She also keeps us up to date with relevant news, gives book recommendations, and much more. dkMommy Spot is a must read for all parents who are dedicated to offering their children the healthiest alternatives. Oh, and FYI, Diane runs another blog, Carp(e) Libris, where she features excellent book reviews from small presses.

Crunchy Domestic Goddess
In the same vein as dkMommy Spot, Amy, mother of two, gives all sorts of tips for leading a healthier, more natural, greener lifestyle. She also gives lot of breastfeeding tips as well as advice for women who want to have a natural birth.

Crabmommy tells it like it is and then some and provides a lot of comic relief, especially when I've had a particularly tough day being a mommy. On her blog, she chronicles her adventures with her three-year-old Crabtot and is not afraid to say what all of us moms have probably thought at one point or another. Thank you Crabmommy, for your courage! ;)


  1. Wow! Thanks so much, Jill. You just made my day. Clearly we are kindred spirits about this whole kids and reading thing. I love your photo slide show up in the corner with the kids and books.

    I visited my parents recently, and came back with a few old photos of myself reading and being read to as a toddler, and I'm looking forward to scanning those in and posting them.

    Thanks again for brightening my (quite gloomy and rainy) day!

  2. congrats to you and thank you so much! what a nice surprise! :)

  3. Wow! Thank you, Jill. I'm so honored!

  4. Thanks for mentioning the Class of 2k8!

  5. Jen, Susan, Amy, and Courtney,
    Thank YOU for your wonderful blogs, and Jen I can't wait to see and post your photos! It's great that you have them!

  6. Thank you so much!!! I am definitely a fan of YOURS! Your site does a lot for promoting my favorite activity -reading. It's great to see blogs that strive to make a difference like yours does, so thank YOU!!!

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