1. The first anniversary edition of The Edge of the Forest is up. Many happy returns of the day to the online children's literature magazine. Go now and read.
2. How to help New Orleans? Colleen at Chasing Ray proposes a small way to get involved—by donating books to children in detention centers. That's something we all can do. Colleen writes,
So, this is the part where I tell you that books matter (but you already know that) and ask you please to do something with the many free books you have that might just make the world a better place. I'm not naive—I know that a book can not cure poverty, or broken homes or a crappy education or gang violence. But I'm also not a fool and I do know that without some movement towards positive change, nothing will happen at all. It's easy to shake your head and turn off the news and go back to your middle class lifestyle with all of its clean countertops, minivans and trips to the Gap. This is the harder part, and believe me, I'm no easier to motivate than anyone else, but I feel like with the world going to hell in a handbasket, I have to do something—we all have to do something.
3. Sarah Beth Durst gives a splendid account of Fuse # 8's party at Bar 9 and the winter conference of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators). Both events took place in NYC last weekend. Sarah is the author of Into the Wild, a middle grade fantasy adventure novel that sees print this summer. (Thank you to Fuse #8's Betsy Bird for the link.)
4. Blogger Jen Robinson puts forth a great idea for supporting the Cybil Awards, which will be announced Wednesday afternoon.
5. MotherReader hosts the next Carnival of Children's Literature, a roundup of links to blog posts about children's books and reading. The deadline for February submissions is Thursday, February 15th. Details here.
6. In other carnival news, By Sun and Candlelight is organizing a Late Winter Nature Carnival; you've got until February 15th to submit something. Head thisaway for more information.