And here's a bit of background on Rebecca: she's the Children's Department Manager for the Odyssey Bookshop, an independent bookstore in South Hadley, an MFA Grad student in the Simmons College Master of Fine Arts for Writing Children's Literature program, and as she says a "Full-time reader. Part-time traveler." She shares her thoughts on reading and books (and children's books in particular) with posts that make me take a deeper look at books and what goes into them, like this one on Mixed-Media Artists. So if you're in western MA, drop into the Odyssey and say hi to Rebecca -- and, if not, visit her at Afterthoughts.
As every winner of the Prolific Blogger is to pass on the award to at least seven other deserving bloggers, it's my time to pay it forward, so let's celebrate:
a. Mitali Perkins, author of books for young people with strong characters trying to bridge different cultures, and her blog Mitali's Fire Escape, a "safe place to chat about books between the cultures." Mitali is a giver extraordinaire and you'll always learn something new at her place.
c. Bowllan's Blog from Amy Bowllan via School Library Journal, a blog on libraries, learning and technology. I'm a huge fan of her "Writers Against Racism" series.
g. and Cynsations from Cynthia Leitisch Smith, an author of fiction for young readers and faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Cynsations is chock-full of interviews, book give-aways, links, lists, and more.
To all ye Prolific Bloggers, per the rules of the game, I ask that you:
1. link to the blog from which you've received the award.
2. link back to This Post, which explains the origins and motivation for the award.
3. visit this post and say hi (via post a comment), so that we all can get to know the other winners.
Know that I could have added many others as I'm also a big fan of Elizabeth Bird's Fuse #8 Production via School Library Journal, where she offers "tidbits, news, reviews, and oh-so shiny points of interest regarding anything and everything kidlit related;" Elizabeth Bluemle and Josie Leavitt, owners of The Flying Pig Bookstore and their ShelfTalker: A Children's Booksellers' Blog via Publishers Weekly; and Chris Brogan and Malcolm Gladwell's blogs, to keep me thinking about things beyond the children's book world, to name just a few.
Congratulations to everyone who received this award! And be sure to visit these sites -- worthwhile trips indeed! Plus, Picnic Basket readers, I'm curious: what's on your blog reading list?