105 Ways to Give a Book

Announcing: Booklights

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.

BooklightsI am delighted super-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 literacy smart-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 our their 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 readers peeps, to be the first to know that the long-discussed “blog for PBS” has finally come to fruition actually 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 thrilled jazzed to be working with Gina, Pam, Jen, and Susan on this project. I’ll be sharing children’s literacy and kidlitosphere news off-the-cuff book reviews at Booklights, along with posts about books and encouraging young readers random 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 Page MotherReader. I do hope pretty much insist that you take a few minutes to check out the new blog, and that you’ll consider adding it to you 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.)

15 comments:

Elaine Magliaro said...

Pam,

Sounds exciting! I'll add BOOKLIGHTS to my blogroll.

Jen Robinson said...

Pam, I'm having a little bit of a stressful workday myself. And your revised version of the post made me laugh and laugh. Thank you! For that laughter, I will forgive you for stealing my announcement. And even for your edits, which pretty much make my version look annoyingly pretentious.

Always a pleasure working with you.

Melissa said...

Hilarious. :) I put it on my feed (and I'll get it on my blogroll eventually), and I'll probably even figure out something to comment on. Eventually. :)

MotherReader said...

Oh Jen, your version was appropriately professional and lovely and my take was for laughs - which is all as it should be. Looking forward to this new blog adventure.

Vivian said...

Congratulations! This sounds fantastic!

Jen Robinson said...

Pam, your take was VERY successful on the laugh front. I'm looking forward to this adventure, too.

Bkbuds said...

Adorable. Mazel tov and all that! I'll be reading.

Jane Glen said...

I am of the suspicion that Chester took over the writing of your post,aka, Melanie Watt, author of the wildly funny Chester and Scaredy Squirrel books. Sounds like this will be fun.

Gina said...

Hilarious, Pam. Thrilled (and super-psyched) to have you on board, and I hope the stress bomb diffuses quickly.

Suzanne Casamento said...

Your post is hilarious! I love the way you edited it.

Congratulations! Booklights is very exciting! I will definitely check it out!

Rosanne Parry said...

Sounds like a great project, congratulations!

Jules at 7-Imp said...

I am so excited about this. I finally just went to the new blog, and it's wonderful, and they are in such good hands with you all. I'm gonna throw in an announcement about it in Sunday's "kicks" post, 'cause it's a kicky kick!

ReadingTub said...

Congratulations, Pam! So does this give you an added "in" with one of your favorite picture book authors?

Minh said...

very exciting! i didn't think it was possible, but PBS just got a little bit cooler... congratulations!

Jenny said...

you are so funny! I keep laughing out loud - no wonder I have trouble convincing my boss that your blog really IS reading related, and therefore I should be allowed to read it at work!! (I am a primary school librarian!)