I was recently the feature blogger at the Newcastle Writes website. In several conversations since my profile was published, people have commented on the amount of time I volunteer to manage the Kids’ Book Review website. I head up a team of amazingly generous and knowledgeable contributors who also volunteer their time to the site, but my personal contribution is probably in excess of the 25-30 hours I quoted in the profile, especially when you factor in reading time, research and sourcing content for the site.
Like most bloggers, I fit my online commitments in around my other responsibilities and I receive very little financial compensation for my efforts. I choose to commit my time to running Kids’ Book Review because I am passionate about highlighting wonderful books for kids and teens and promoting amazingly talented authors and illustrators. I love to talk about books and the children’s/YA publishing industry and running KBR means that I am constantly engaged in conversations with parents, teachers, writers, illustrators, publishers and librarians who share my interest in this topic.
I’m hardly an anomaly within the Australian book blogging community, however. There are many children’s book bloggers who tirelessly share their knowledge and experience with others, review books, promote authors and children’s book events, share classroom and teaching tips related to children’s books, and generally put in a huge amount of time and effort for no compensation other than the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that they have made a positive contribution to an industry which they passionately believe in.
I don’t think most people realise just how much time this takes, so in the interest of giving a great big virtual pat on the bag and a heartfelt THANK YOU!!! to these wonderful bloggers, I thought I would share links to some of their blogs and websites here. Bookmark these sites and return to them regularly. They are a treasure trove of information for parents, teachers, writers and anyone interested in children’s literature. There are, of course, also a huge number of authors who share writing tips and resources for the benefit of other writers, and I’ll create a separate shout out list of those in the near future.
Reviews of books for toddlers to teens, interviews, guest posts, event and award updates, giveaways, blog tours, resources for parents and teachers.
The Book Chook – Susan Stephenson
Book reviews, resources, tips for parents and teachers.
Children’s Books Daily – Megan Daley
Book reviews, tips for parents, reading activities, encouragement and tips on how to create wonderful book and reading memories with young children.
Honey Bee Books – Melissa Squire
Book reviews and related activities for young readers.
Alphabet Soup – Rebecca Newman
Articles, tips, reviews and resources for kids who love books and creative writing.
My Little Bookcase – Jackie Small
Reviews, resources, literary activities and advice on how to build a love of reading and writing in young children.