First off, the February Carnival of Children's Literature is up at the Imaginary Blog. The theme is "We Love Kid-Lit!," and Lynn Hazen has rounded up some fantastic posts you don't want to miss.
"Share a Story - Shape a Future," a blog tour for literacy is kicking off at Scrub-a-Dub Tub, The Reading Tub blog on March 9th. Taken directly from the tour's website, "This is an ensemble effort not only to celebrate reading among those of us who already love books, but to encourage each other to reach beyond ourselves and do it in a way that we are neither judging nor instructing others. This is a venue for communicating practical, useable, everyday ideas." This is going to be amazing, so be sure to put it on your calendar.
Thanks to Terry at Scrub-a-Dub-Tub for posting about the portion of President Obama's Congressional address where he stressed the importance of parents reading aloud to children. I especially loved this part,
"I speak to you not just as a president, but as a father when I say that responsibility for our children’s education must begin at home. That is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. That’s an American issue."
This really struck a chord with me. While I have strong personal political convictions, I make a concerted effort to keep it away from this blog because instilling the joy of reading in children is the responsibility of EVERY parent, regardless of their faith, politics, beliefs, etc., and my ultimate wish for this blog is to inspire parents (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) establish a routine where they're consistently reading with the children in their lives. It's so important, ya'll!
Finally, MotherReader has just announced the date for this year's Kidlitosphere Conference. It will be from October 16-18 in Washington, DC! I'm so super excited because I can finally make it this year! I can't wait and hope all of you other kidlit bloggers out there can make it, too.
And that's it. I'm working on a few reviews to post this week, which include a fantastic new nonfiction picture book, a young adult book, and a very cute interactive board book for babies and toddlers. Stay tuned...