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Booklights, Monster Books, and NYC

I am slowly making my way back to the land of the living. Or at least the land of the living online. After the KidLitosphere Conference and the week of wrapping up — both posts and other tasks — I was off to the Internet-free world of my mother’s house to help in her recovery from surgery. She’s doing fine, and I’m now back at home with piles of laundry, stacks of books, loads of activities, and my beloved Internet... family! I meant, beloved family!

Anyway, these are the days when frantic parents hit the library looking for a Halloween book to read at their child’s school and find that the Halloween books are gone. This may be you. But have no fear — there are some great monster books around that will fill the Halloween gap and that are often overlooked by parents heading only to the shelf with the big pumpkin sign. I’m talking about three — actually four — over at Booklights. Head over and make your own suggestion of monster or spooky books that aren’t actually Halloween books. You know, like Goodnight Goon or Bedtime at the Swamp — two books I didn’t profile.

It’s a good time to announce that I’m making my way back to New York City to participate in The Children’s Literary Café on Saturday, November 7th, at 2:00 p.m.: Cybils Kick-Off: Blogging in Style. Please, please come see me and the gang. Here’s the press release. (I mean, I guess it’s a press release.)
Pam Coughlan of the sublime MotherReader children’s literary blog headlines a panel of representatives from the greater KidLitosphere. Each year the online children’s literary community bestows child and teen novels their own awards: The Cybils. Pam and other bloggers will discuss the state of children’s literature online today including ethics, publisher/blogger relations, transparency, influence (or lack thereof) over published titles, and what it means to represent an online community of children’s literary enthusiasts.

Elizabeth Burns is the Youth Services Consultant for the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center. She blogs at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy. She is the co-author of Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect with your Whole Community. She blogs about children’s and young adult books, television, and movies.

Susan Thomsen writes about children’s books at her blog, Chicken Spaghetti. A freelance writer and onetime editor, she is the mother of a fifth-grader and owner of chickens.

Anne Boles Levy is the co-founder and director of the Cybils Awards. Her day job is as a news writer on the National Desk for Metro Networks, a radio newswire based in Scottsdale, AZ. She’s married to another starving journalist and they’re raising two bookworms.

The Children’s Literary Café is a monthly gathering of adults who are fans of children’s literature. Professionals, librarians, authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, teachers, and anyone else interested in the field are welcome to attend our meetings. The Literary Café provides free Advanced Readers galleys, a rotating series of talks with professionals in the field, and great conversation. This program is for adults only.

New York Public Library
Children’s Center at 42nd Street, Room 84
42nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
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Rena said...

I just discovered your blog and love your light, witty style. Thanks for the information about the Children's Literary Café. If I am in town I will surely make it.

I am an editor. Can I bring ARCs?

Hope to see you soon!

Rena Grossman

Anonymous said...

I wish I lived in NYC at times like these.

Michelle said...

Sounds like you're in for a great time in NYC! Wish I could make it up to hear you all speak :)

Have a safe trip and a wonderful day.