August 18, 2011

Thursday Tidbits: Great RIF News, Online Fun, &C.

Via Chasing Ray comes this awesome news about Kidlitcon and RIF:
I am delighted to announce that KidLit Con is now entering into a partnership with Reading Is Fundamental which we hope will extend for many years into the future and make a powerful difference in the lives of many....

RIF does nothing less than change the world - that's its very mission - and if you don't think that's the most worthy thing any of us can be part of then you really are not the kind of book lover I know you to be.

Don't let us down, folks. Join KidLit Con's effort to raise money for RIF over the next thirty days as we count down to the conference.

What are you waiting for? Click here to go directly to the donation page. Every tiny bit helps. ALWAYS.

How awesome does this School Library Journal/Library Journal Ebook Summit sound? This is their second annual one-day virtual conference on ebooks and their role in the future of libraries, with keynote speaker, the most brilliant M.T. Anderson. Via Horn Book.

Last but not least, you know how much we love First Second around here. Well, they've recently announced another entry into the world of comics with girl appeal--a graphic novel called Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks. But here's the kicker (and it's a good one)--in the leadup to its publication, Friends With Boys will be serialized online as a webcomic, with a new page posted 5 days a week. It's got an interesting backstory--it was originally intended for DC Comics' Minx imprint, but sadly, as we all know, Minx went bye-bye, leaving somewhat of a void in terms of quality comics targeted at girls. I'm really pleased to see other publishers like First Second stepping in to fill that void. Kudos!


Heather Zundel said...

Oh wow, that is fantastic news for RIF! And to hear about a new comic series, this post just made me happy all over. :)

tanita✿davis said...

I really love that icon. You do good work.

tanita✿davis said...

ALSO!!! FRIENDS WITH BOYS is sixty-five shades of awesome so far. I second that love of First:Second; so glad they're stepping in and filling the girl graphics slot.

Sarah Stevenson said...

Yay, guys!! :)

I'm so glad you've had a chance to check out FRIENDS WITH BOYS. I've only been able to glance at the site so far, but I'm hoping to take a more in-depth look this week.