Why You Should Know About KidLitCon: #WeNeedDiverseBooks



KidLitCon is a gathering of book bloggers who specialize in kid lit; YA, middle grade, and picture books. Sounds right up my alley, right?


You can imagine how thrilled I was when they agreed to let me speak at their conference! To be sure, I’ve met book bloggers at BEA in New York, but this was a conference for people who also read MG and picture books!!

Thanks to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks discussion this summer on Twitter, Diversity was on everyone’s minds at KidLitCon.  Take a look at the program so you can see how focused they were.

Did you notice anything? Yep I spoke on day two. But not about diversity. They wanted me to speak about finding your readers! So I did. I talked about the main social media platforms I use when I’ve written a blog post.

The wonderful Mitali Perkins of Welcome to Mitali’s Fire Escape  taught us some tips to use when evaluating books for diversity, which, as a reviewer who tries to focus on diversity (and the lack thereof) was near to my heart. The most important idea I took away from Mitali’s talk is that “Stories are windows and mirrors. It’s up to the reader to decide which story is going to be the window or which is the mirror. ” Which simply means that some readers are going to see the book as a window into another life and others will see the character reflecting back at them, like a mirror.

Deep, isn’t it?  That’s why diversity in literature is so important!

Stay tuned for more reflections from my time at KidLitCon

Books Children

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

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It’s Here!


Support our MCCBD Review  Bloggers!

60+ wonderful bloggers stepped forward and agreed to review multicultural children’s books for our special event. Please take a moment to visit these bloggers, read their reviews and say “thank you” for spotlight all of the amazing books, authors and publishers.

2GirlsLostInaBook · 365 Days of Motherhood · A Bilingual Baby · A Simple Life, Really? · Africa to America · After School Smarty Pants · All Done Monkey · Andi’s Kids Books · Anita Brown Bag  · Austin Gilkeson · Barbara Ann Mojica ·  Books My Kids Read · Bottom Shelf Books · Cats Eat Dogs · Chasing The Donkey · Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac · Children’s Books Heal · Church o Books · CitizenBeta · Crafty Moms Share · Discovering The World Through My Son’s Eyes · Early Words · Flowering Minds · Franticmommy · Gathering Books · GEO Librarian · Gladys Barbieri · Going in Circles · Growing Book by Book · iGame Mom · I’m Not The Nanny · InCulture Parent · Itsy Bitsy Mom · Kid Lit ReviewsKid World Citizen · Kristi’s Book Nook · Mama Lady Books · Mama Smiles · Mission Read · Mother Daughter Book Reviews · Mrs AOk · MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter · Ms. Yingling Reads · Multicultural Kids Blog · One Sweet World · Open Wide The World · P is for Preschooler · Rapenzel Dreams · School4Boys · Sharon the Librarian · Spanish Playground · Sprout’s Bookshelf · Squishable Baby · Stanley and Katrina · Teach Mama · The Art of Home Education · The Brain Lair · The Educators’ Spin On It · The Family-Ship Experience · The Yellow Door Paperie · This Kid Reviews Books  · Trishap’s Books · Unconventional Librarian · Vicki Arnold · We3Three · World for Learning · Wrapped in Foil 
Blogging from A to Z Challenge

#AprilA2Z Challenge is almost here!

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If you’re like me then you’re crazy busy reading and writing your posts for the April A to Z Challenge!

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See you real soon!

Books Reviews

The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy – a #Gr8tBooks Read

Tonight is the Gr8t Reads Book Club

and we are discussing The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy

You may recall that I finished this book during

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

My review will be a little different this time.

I will interpret the book through greeting cards

Evelyn warning Vivienne against inviting the Hun into the house

Little Millie enjoying some fresh gache that her Mummy made

Vivienne and Gunther sharing a book together

Little Millie and her best friend Simon

discussing the “ghosts” that they see in Mr. Mahy’s barn.

the ghost turns out to be a hungry escaped worker

and finally

the occupation is over!

Let’s party!

I give this gr8t read 4 paws!

Books Memes

Cat Thursday

My new friend, Michelle, at The True Book Addict

hosts a fun meme on Thursdays called Cat Thursday.

If you know anything about me, you know I love animals and have a cat of my own.

Or should I say, she has us.

Lest you forget, her name is

Cleopatra Jones.

One year while on vacation,

Cleo and I read

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

my review of the movie is here:

Cleo says

just like Lisbeth Salander!

Books In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox

The Story Siren has a really fun meme called In My Mailbox where she highlights books that she receives in the mail.

Doesn’t that sound interesting?

I’m always curious as to what other books reviewers get in the mail and now here’s my chance to snoop learn!

I couldn’t do this without the assistance of my trusty Book Page, Bailey, who will be leading this endeavor.

This week, Bailey helped me unpack:

Lovesick by Spencer Seidel

I Know Who you are and Saw What you Did by Lori Andrews

FRESHMAN YEAR AND OTHER UNNATURAL DISASTERS by Meredith Zeitlin (this one is a PDF but he likes to help anyway)


Watch for my reviews in the future!

Let’s go on a journey with a book, shall we?