1. Children's & YA Book Bloggers, Vloggers, and Podcasters: Cybils needs you!

    Do you love children's or YA books and share your love by blogging, video vlogging, podcasting, or something of the kind? If so, the Cybils Awards needs you! In case you missed it, the Cybils Awards put out its call for 2017 judges. Anyone who blogs, vlogs, or podcasts about…

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  2. KidLitCon 2016

    This year's annual gathering of Kidlit (including YA) bloggers, professionals, and enthusiasts took place October 14-15 in Wichita, KS. It was organized by the always amazing Melissa Fox, who blogs at Book Nut. Melissa did a terrific job, and the conference was fantastic. Day 0 Kidlitcon started for me at…

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  3. Bone Gap

    Bone Gap by Laura Ruby ISBN: 9780062317605 Finn and his older brother Sean live in the town of Bone Gap. Sean works as a paramedic and has taken care of Finn since their mother left. Finn and Sean live alone, until one day an injured young woman named Roza appears…

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  4. An Inheritance of Ashes

    An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet ISBN: 9780544281110 In the aftermath of a brutal war against the servants of a dark god, Hallie and her older sister Marthe struggle to keep their farm going while they wait for Marthe's husband Thom to come home from the war. As time…

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  5. Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets

    Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets edited by Paige Daniels and Mary Fan ISBN: 9781512325614 Brave New Girls is an anthology of YA stories featuring teen girls in STEM roles. Here you'll find a lively collection of teen hackers, tinkerers, mathematicians, and scientists, all of whom happen to…

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  6. Cybils Awards 2015: The Ones That Got Away (YA SF)

    Each year, the Cybils honor the best children's and YA books of the year selected by book bloggers. I'm one of the crazy people who helped launch the award ten years ago, and have been involved in some capacity every year. We just announced our finalists for 2015: the seven…

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  7. Recommended Book: The Jumbies

    The Jumbies By Tracey Baptiste ISBN: 9781616204143 When Corinne La Mer chases an agouti into the woods to retrieve her pendant, she attracts the attention of an ancient being who lives in the forest: a jumbie. The jumbies, like the European fairy folk, are Other: the supernatural, sometimes dangerous beings…

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  8. Recommended Book: Coal: Everleaf Series Book One

    Coal Book One of the Everleaf Series by Constance Burris ISBN: 978-1508912644 Coal is an enjoyable mythic fantasy with themes of loyalty and betrayal, prejudice, and child abduction. Coal is a sixteen-year-old human who has lived in the fey realm since he was five. His best friend is Princess Chaldecony,…

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  9. Look what I got for my birthday!

    From my husband, who knows me so well: The new Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone illustrated edition! And fuzzy socks!…

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  10. Last call for Cybils Nominations and some recommended books!

    Tomorrow, Thursday October 15, is the last day to nominate your favorite children's or YA books of the year for the Cybils Awards! You have until midnight tomorrow night to submit your nominations. Nominate here. In case you aren't sure what to nominate, here are some suggestions of books published…

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