Do you think Jen Robinson will be ticked off if I just steal her announcement? I don’t think so, because she really is as nice as she seems on her blog. She’s also a good friend and can tell by my introduction that I’m having a bit of a stress surge. Of course, some things that she wrote won’t work because either they don’t sound like me — or they actually mention me, like in the third person. I’m not generally prone to doing that. So I’ll take the basics and play around.
I am delightedsuper-psyched to announce the launch of a new children’s book blog from PBS Parents, Booklights. Pam Coughlan (MotherReader),Jen Robinson (Jen Robinson’s Book Page),Susan Kusel (Wizards Wireless), and I will be working with Gina Montefusco from PBS, along with various guest contributors, to bring literacysmart-ass comments and reading content to the PBS Parents audience. The goal of Booklights, in line with the goals that Susan, Pam, and Jen have for ourtheir personal blogs, is to help people to inspire a love of reading in children. (I’m in blogging for the money.)
Currently we’re in “soft launch” mode, which means that PBS won’t be announcing the blog anywhere until next week. But I wanted you, my loyal blog readerspeeps, to be the first to know that the long-discussed “blog for PBS” has finally come to fruitionactually happened, even though you thought I was making it up. We have some introductory posts and lists of favorite picture books now available. (If you could bring yourself to comment on them, then I won’t look like such a loser in front of the SuperSisters.)
I am thrilledjazzed to be working with Gina, Pam,Jen, and Susan on this project. I’ll be sharing children’s literacy and kidlitosphere newsoff-the-cuff book reviews at Booklights, along with posts about books and encouraging young readersrandom nonsense from my head that may be book-related. But not to worry, I’ll still be blogging as usual at Jen Robinson’s Book PageMotherReader. I do hopepretty much insist that you take a few minutes to check out the new blog, and that you’ll consider adding it toyou promote it shamelessly and add it to your regular blog reading. We all welcome your feedback and comments! (Unless you’re going to say something bad, in which case only Jen welcomes your feedback and comments.)
One of the bestselling preschool books of recent times was Walter the Farting Dog. At the same time, the American Library Association named as one of its best books Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, a book in which Mr. Rosen talks about his despair over the death of his son. I believe that, for most of us, what we want lies somewhere between a flatulent canine and overwhelming grief.