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Explore Children's Literature in the Blogosphere: 10 Top Children's Lit Blogs

Jan 18, 2011

Whether you're a teacher, parent or young person, the blogosphere is bursting with useful reviews and heartwarming tales of children's literature for all audiences. Learn about award-winning books, classic books, beginning reader books, middle grade books, young adult fiction and a whole lot more with these 10 excellent children's lit blogs.

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1. Young Books

Rebecca Young, author of Young Books, has been a professional children's book reviewer for over 20 years, and now you can read her insights in the blogosphere. Her thorough blog covers (and catalogs) books from all ends of the children's literature spectrum, from preschool and beginning readers to high school lit and historical fiction.

2. Collecting Children's Books

Interested in classic children's literature, or books that may soon be collectible? Don't miss this blog from Peter Sieruta, whose whole career has centered around children's lit, from working in a grade school library to cataloging children's books for a college library. He uses his expertise to share almost daily thoughts and excerpts from classic children's lit.

3. 100 Scope Notes

This elementary school librarian posts thoughtful reviews of contemporary children's books, fun articles on the subject (like his top 20 children's books of the year) and interesting news from the world of child lit.

4. Educating Alice

The author of this blog is a teacher with a special love of (and focus on) children's literature. She explores everything children's lit, from musicals made from children's books to new books on the market and conversations with authors and other instructors.

5. Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

This blog may share the Alice in Wonderland title theme, but it offers a whole different perspective than Educating Alice. Current blogger Jules (and former co-blogger Eisha) started off as readers exploring everything in young literature, from toddler's books to YA. More recently, Jules narrowed her focus to illustrated books and graphic novels. She offers beautiful images to accompany textual excerpts and insightful reviews.

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6. The Brown Bookshelf

The many authors of this group blog cover African American authors of children's literature, highlighting diversity in the genre and promoting awareness of social issues among children. They're particularly well known for their annual '28 Days Later' showcase, in which they celebrate Black History Month every February by featuring the best in African American literature for children of all ages.

7. Reading Rants

If your interests lie more in teen literature (also known as young adult, or YA), then head over to Reading Rants. This blog, which is over a decade old, offers 'out of the ordinary' booklists for teens and educators who are looking for something in YA beyond your usual Judy Blume fare.

8. Chasing Ray

Chasing Ray also focuses more on teen lit, but with more events to highlight little-known works. In addition to book reviews, Chasing Ray also organizes blog tours and special events like 'Steampunk and Alternative History Week,' a feature on YA books that offer creative views of history.

9. From the Mixed Up Files

This blog takes an even more specific focus: Middle grade fiction, or books oriented toward 8-12 year olds, who tend to fall somewhere in between traditional children's lit and YA. The blog describes middle grade readers as 'intrepid explorers,' and offers exciting book reviews and tales from the middle grade library.

10. The Newberry Project

The Newberry Award, started in 1922, is one of the most distinguished prizes in children's literature. This blogger is leading a sort of 'Newberry book club,' inviting readers all over the world to join her in making their way through the entire Newberry catalog.

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