Nominations are now open for the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (the Cybils). Anyone can nominate a favorite book of 2008 in a variety of categories. Click over to the Cybils blog for all the information.
The September Carnival of Children's Literature has been up and running at Jenny's Wonderland of Books. A carnival is a round-up of links to blog posts on a particular subject; in this case, it's kids' books.
Portland, Oregon—home of Powell's Books and Voodoo Doughnut—was the scene of the recent Kidlitosphere Conference of bloggers. The blog Portland Kidlit rolls out the links to all the reports, which are fun to read.
Author Shannon Hale, who writes for both grown-ups and young adults, details "How Reader Girl Got Her Groove Back," at School Library Journal. On the one hand, I know where she's coming from; although I read it in high school, I didn't begin to understand The Great Gatsby until much later. On the other, statements like the following sound defensive. Commenting about her own required high-school reading, Hale writes, "I still haven't recovered from The Scarlet Letter. Reading Dubliners straight through, all the stories started to sound the same." Why cast classics and young adult literature into an either/or situation? I don't get it.
Also at SLJ, children's book expert Anita Silvey considers "Has the Newbery Lost Its Way?"