Gardens of the Moon: First Impressions

Originally posted on Leona's Blog of Shadows:
I keep seeing comments from first time readers about Gardens of the Moon all over the social media, so I couldn’t resist it anymore and abandoned my original plans to get into Malazan after finishing the Wheel of Time and The Prince of Nothing re-read. Fuck it, the curiosity is killing me, I can’t take the torture anymore. I dropped everything, now reading WoT book #4 in parallel with Gardens of the Moon. Here are my first impressions: I just finished the prologue and found it quite captivating. I was expecting some… Continue reading Gardens of the Moon: First Impressions

Press Release – Cast Sought for the Louisiana Steampunk Festival

Originally posted on Airship Ambassador:
Cast Sought for the Louisiana Steampunk Festival At 2:00PM on Sunday May 14, 2017 the Louisiana Steampunk Festival will be hosting an open casting call at Citè des Arts in Downtown Lafayette at 109 Vine Street Lafayette, LA 70501. People interested in the Steampunk Genre, improv or interactive theatre, literature, or the arts are encouraged to attend. No prior experience is necessary. The Festival is looking for all kinds of people with all types of skills to breathe life into the event. Cast members will portray characters that could have populated the pages of 19th… Continue reading Press Release – Cast Sought for the Louisiana Steampunk Festival

Celebrating Rick Riordan

Originally posted on educating alice:
I’ve been a fan of Rick Riordan‘s kid books from the very beginning and of the man as well. (He previously wrote books for adults.) After reading and loving The Lightning Thief and checking out his teacher guide, I wrote him of my admiration for both. At the time he was either still teaching middle school or had only very recently stopped and the guide was one he’d developed himself for his own classroom. Happily it is still available on his website here. He wrote me a lovely handwritten letter back (which I, sadly, no longer have) and… Continue reading Celebrating Rick Riordan

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Originally posted on Leona's Blog of Shadows:
Top ten tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this week’s theme is the most unique books. 1. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien The great Silmarillion remains one of a kind to this day, even after gazillions of fantasy books published since. Its format is like a holy scripture and it is not the kind of thing casual fantasy readers could get into, but the stories are captivating. It remains an all time favorite for the cult fans, and for good reason. 2. Prince of Thorns… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Announcing the New Adult Scavenger Hunt Teams

Originally posted on Kelsey Ketch:
Hello Everyone! Hope you are excited as I am, because we have less than three weeks until the Spring 2017 New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins! Here are the Spring 2017 #NewASH teams: TEAM BLUE TEAM PURPLE The New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins at Noon Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 26th and runs through Sunday, April 30th. For more information, visit newadultscavengerhunt.com. Continue reading Announcing the New Adult Scavenger Hunt Teams

Impressions of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2017

Originally posted on educating alice:
Last year as I began planning my spring term sabbatical  I realized that I would be free to check-out the legendary Bologna Children’s Book Fair. And so I convinced Susannah Richards to join me and on Friday, March 31, off we went for a week at the fair. While I had heard a lot about the fair from others, got plenty of advice, I still went with few expectations other than that it seemed to be more for buying foreign rights and not so much for the likes of me. I quickly discovered that while it was indeed mostly… Continue reading Impressions of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2017

Spotlight: Kima by A.H. Amin

Originally posted on Kelsey Ketch:
Kima By A.H. Amin Release Day: December 16, 2016 Summary: Christmas Eve 1928 gave birth to a yearly phenomenon in South Africa. A herd of false killer whales were found beached upon the shore. It has also given birth to the story of two young children who meet an old woman named Kima. Kima somehow knows why this has happened, but that’s not all she knows. The children, Alex and Alice, realize that there is more to this woman that what meets the eye, and ear. She will reveal to them a tale, a mysterious… Continue reading Spotlight: Kima by A.H. Amin

SLj’s BoB Round 2 Starts with Judge Javaka Steptoe

Originally posted on educating alice:
I like to think of these two books as pieces of music: One is like a work song, the other a classical concerto. In this way they are quite different and yet comparable, with one resonating for me more than the other. Check out the lovely whole of the 2017 Caldecott winner’s decision between Congo in Freedom Square and When Green Becomes Tomatoes here. Continue reading SLj’s BoB Round 2 Starts with Judge Javaka Steptoe

The 9th Annual SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books Starts Tomorrow!

Originally posted on educating alice:
It is simply thrilling to be part of the team creating this Battle for the 9th year. We’ve got an awesome line-up of contenders, amazing judges, and exciting decisions. If you want to bring a contender back from the dead to compete in the closing round (judged by Kwame Alexander!) you can still vote today here.  And if you want to see it all laid out, you can get beautiful brackets to download here.  And if you want to learn more, do watch Kidlit TV’s first ever #SLJBOBCAST below. Shelley and I review all the… Continue reading The 9th Annual SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books Starts Tomorrow!