Both online and off.
I missed announcing the December Carnival of Children’s Literature, which was hosted by Kelly Herold at Big A little a. The theme was giving and favorite books, and it’s quite a collection of posts. If you haven’t visited yet, do drop by for some very good reading.
I was intrigued by Angela’s post at Mother Crone’s Homeschool about the 888 Reading Challenge—you come up with a list of 8 books in 8 categories you plan to read in 2008. You can overlap 8 titles in multiple categories so that your target to-be-read total is 56 books. I don’t think I’m up for this challenge myself, because I have learned that the minute I put a book title on a list of books I plan to read, I suddenly want to read everything but that book. So no lists for me, but I’m enjoying reading other people’s. It’s especially fun to see what categories people come up with. Maybe I’ll do the project in reverse and write a categorized retrospective list at the end of the year.
In the meantime, here’s a challenge I can rise to meet! Elizabeth M. at Charlottesville Words links to FOMA, who has proposed, with tongue firmly in cheek, the observance of NaJuReMoNoMo—that’s National Just Read More Novels Month. "All you have to do is read any novel from start to finish within the month of January."
I’m pretty sure I can handle that.
I did a bit of updating at GoodReads (note the new sidebar widget over on the right) and hope to stay more on top of that this year. My 2007 reading list is woefully incomplete. I did enter a few of the books I had the pleasure of enjoying during the holidays: a revisit of Edith Schaeffer’s The Hidden Art of Homemaking, two Barefoot Contessa cookbooks (mmm), and two utterly delicious needlecraft books I found under the tree: Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching (on embroidery) and Amy Karol’s Bend-the-Rules Sewing. (Amy’s blog, Angry Chicken, is one of my favorite crafty blogs. I want Amy to move next door to me.)
A TBR title I’m not afraid to commit to: Noel Perrin’s A Reader’s Delight. I have been wanting read this for months, and I was deeply moved to receive a copy as a birthday present from a beautiful blogging friend who picked up on my interest in it from one of my posts. That was one of the best surprises of my year. Thank you, darling Jennifer. (You should move next door, too.)
Head over to MotherReader this morning for a terrific collection of posts from children’s book authors, editors, reviewers, and readers: the latest Carnival of Children’s Literature.
(And the joke’s on me: I got so wrapped up in forwarding the BlogCarnival code & stuff to this month’s gracious host that I forgot to submit a post of my own. Ha!)
For this month I want a tip as a reader, writer, illustrator, reviewer,
publisher, or editor of children’s literature. I want a lesson learned
from a teacher, librarian, author, or parent with regards to kids’ lit.
It doesn’t have to be a post that you did in November or October,
though you may consider tweaking and re-posting an older entry to use.
You can pick a post from any point this year. The deadline for
submission is Saturday, November 24th, and I’ll post the Carnival on
Wednesday, November 29th. Send your links through my email or the Carnival site —
and please indicate, if possible, whether the tip/trick/hint is more
for reader, writer, illustrator, reviewer, publisher, editor, teacher,
librarian, or parent.
So there’s your mission for this holiday week. A much nicer way to spend Black Friday than fighting the mall crowds, if you ask me.
…then let me be the one to send you over to the perfectly lovely Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
After yesterday’s IEP meeting (about which, more later, hoooo boy), a little CM-scented fresh air is just what I needed.
Many thanks to Silvia for putting this together so quickly! Great job!
What happened is: I’ve had a ton of company this month, and no one else was lined up to host. But we’ve had some new volunteers step forward, so the CCL is back on track. Hurrah!
The August Carnival will be hosted by Silvia of Po Moyemu. She’s a champ, jumping in at the last minute to put together a Carnival before the month ends. Let’s make it easy on her by sending all submissions through the BlogCarnival.com site. Follow the link and use the orange submission button there.
The deadline is 8 p.m. Eastern time on August 30th, and the Carnival will go up on August 31st.
I believe our September host will be Charlotte of Charlotte’s Library. More details about that to come.
So dust off your very best posts about children’s books from the past month, and clicky-clicky to send them Silvia’s way. And spread the word!