...that is, time for the Comment Challenge, which is hosted this year by MotherReader and Lee Wind. It's a great opportunity to visit and re-visit blogs around the kidlitosphere and book blogging world, and show support for the community. I've been far too much of a wimp in past years, but I'm giving it a shot this year, and so far, so good--but we're only two days in. I still have time to fall off the wagon.
Of course, there are some of us (ahem) who are already awesome blog-commenting maniacs, but if you're like me, sometimes you need a little encouragement from time to time...and this is that time. If you haven't already, go sign up and check out the amazing list of participants.
There are a couple of other things I'd been meaning to post. Firstly, I got a really touching e-mail from Hardy Girls Healthy Women listing girls' top wishes for 2010. #1 on the list, from Devan, reads: "My wish for 2010 is for everyone to realize the importance of girls in their communities, that their ideas can change the world for the better." Check out other resolutions for cultural change from their Girls' Advisory Board on the HGHW blog.
Also, a bit belatedly perhaps, we are SO STOKED to hear that the new Ambassador for Young People's Literature is Katherine Paterson--yet another much-loved and much-admired luminary who is excellent for the job. By the way--embarrassing admission here--I'm probably one of the only people in the universe, or at least of my reading generation, who has not read Bridge to Terabithia (I know, I know! Just don't judge me too harshly). But I've certainly read other books by Paterson and I look forward to seeing her put her own spin on the job so unforgettably trail-blazed by Jon Scieszka.
The Cybils judging period is well underway, and since I'm a Graphic Novels judge, I'll be avoiding reviewing any GN finalists under consideration, but expect a mother of a review post (or three) once the winners are announced! Just over a month to go...