“'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly; 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrench

'O stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstacies: 'This is too much!'”
-- from
The Wind in the Willows

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

84 books and 1,637 reviews. Happy 1st Birthday, Picnic Basket.

Happy Birthday to the Picnic Basket! How did this blog start? It was book convention season, just after the BookExpo America and American Library Association shows, and I was thinking about how helpful it is for those who work with children -- those who help kids and teens find out about books that fit their interests/needs -- to get book samples. You've just got to read a book to know whether you want to recommend it to your students or book group. Convention exhibit halls bustle with book people waiting to get the latest book by their favorite author or illustrator or an advance copy of the one by that first-time author that everyone's buzzing about. But what about the teacher or librarian who can't attend the show and doesn't get that book to read and consider? One year ago today, I started this blog to give teachers and librarians a sneak peek at some of the glorious books published each season for children and teens. Actual free books. For reading and reviewing. Because we trust what our colleagues have to say about books. Teachers and librarians want to hear from fellow teachers and librarians. Their take on books count. So a blog was born to share information, books, and reviews. It's about sharing resources. When it started, I didn't know how long the picnic would last. Now we're celebrating the first birthday of the Picnic Basket and I couldn't have done it without you.

84 books and 1,637 reviews and comments. Thousands visiting the site each month. Many receiving free books to discover and share. Others coming to the site to read about what's being recommended.

Thank you for the care and thought you put into each write-up.
Thank you gracious publishers for sharing these books with us.
And thank you to the creative authors and illustrators who are feeding kids with stories.

Check out the delicious treats already served and I hope you're hungry: because there's more to come!


D.A. Tyo said...

Happy Birthday! I am so glad I found your site this summer! It is perfect for me as a believer that there is a book out there for every reader in my classroom...a book that will light that reading fire to help them become life-long readers. Thank you for providing books to those of us who are on the front lines of putting books into children's hands!

angel believer said...

Congratulations and happy birthday! Many blessing to you for creating such a useful site for book lovers. I have enjoyed reading reviews and simply loved receiving a few free books. I am a faithful viewer of this site. Thanks for what you have done in creating this site and keep the books coming our way.
With Much Appreciation,
Mary Lou

Julie P. said...

Happy Birthday! Congrats! I love what you do -- keep up the good work of sharing your love of books!

Tasses said...

Happy Birthday!

I am delighted to be a small part of the Picnic Basket reader/reviewers. I have enjoyed the titles that I've received and passed the good word along to many young readers, parents and teachers.

Those of us who love children's literature thank you for all the hard work and thoughtfulness you put into making this such a great site.

Shalonda said...

Congratulations on a successful first year.

I am honored to have reviewed a book for this site and to have been an avid reader of the comments by other educators.

Thank you for all that you do to assist educators and the children we teach!

se7en said...

Happy Birthday To You... I really hope you have many many many more blog birthdays!!!

Mrs. Horne said...

What a treasure this site has been...here's to another reading and reviewing filled year :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday. I truly enjoy your website. I give you a 5++ in my picnic basket. I have read books and shared them with my classroom that I may not have picked up before. There is so many books to choose out there that I appreciate a site that has given me a chance to pick from a variety of titles and authors. I also have enjoyed sharing the books that have not been bounded yet. This way the students are able to see what goes in to finalizing a book. Thank you so much for all you have done on this website. Keep up the great work.
Consultant Teacher