I was going to take a much-needed break from blogging this week and catch up on Cybils reading instead, but there's seriously way too much going on.
First off, be sure to visit ShelfSpace at ForeWord Magazine where Jen Robinson is guest posting all month long. Jen's first post, A Gift for All Seasons, gives some fabulous tips for giving children the gift of reading. In addition to the many benefits of possessing the love of reading that Jen lists in her post she says, kids will "learn to entertain themselves, and to assimilate different viewpoints." This is a wonderful post, and I look forward to see what else Jen has to say at ShelfSpace this month.
Speaking of Jen, she recently reviewed Maggie Stiefvater's Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception on her own blog. In her review, Jen said, " I think that Lament will also appeal to other fans of tales of star-crossed love, and of fantasies in which the magical world is juxtaposed against the real world." It sounds like a book right up my alley, so I'm adding it to my TBR pile.
I guess I should have left a comment thanking Jen for her review, but I confess to often browsing blogs without leaving comments. Thankfully, Pam (aka MotherReader)and Lee Wind have organized the Comment Challenge: 21 Days to Community. From November 6 through November 26th, Lee and Pam are challenging bloggers to leave at least five comments a day on kidlit blogs, with the goal of reaching 100 comments by the end of the challenge.
Says Pam, "What if I told you that for the cost of a few extra minutes a day, you can boost your blog readership, foster a feeling of connection, and make someone’s day? I’m talking about commenting." Because I decided to take some time off from blogging, I'm a bit behind, but I'm going to join now and make up by making extra comments in the days ahead.
One last thing before I head off to read and comment on blogs, Amy from My Friend Amy has organized a Books for the Holidays campaign. Says Amy, "So here's my challenge to you....are you willing to buy books this holiday season? Not just for the usual suspects but for as many people on your list as possible? We have a lot of librarians and book clerks in the community so I'm pretty sure we can help each person find just the right book! Are you in?"
If you are in, sign up at Books for the Holidays, and check back often for reviews and much much more.
Whew! Looks like I chose the wrong week for a bloggy vacation!