Perhaps I have become enamored with social media. Or, perhaps, more likely, I just love to talk about books. I have started a new blog called Unabridged Reader so I can share the great books that I read with everyone who wants to hear. Part of the reason for the new blog is writing reviews for NetGalley. NetGalley offers advance reading copies of books to librarians. In the past, I just shared my review on NetGalley, but a wider audience is preferred, I believe. NetGalley and the publishers like to hear and read what people think about their books. Another reason for the blog is that I joined the Kid Lit Frenzy Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge. I pledged to read 80 nonfiction books this year and share them. I think a blog is a great way to do that. I have been a GoodReads member since 2008, and love GoodReads, but I needed a blog to inspire (or maybe just prod) me to think and write more about the books I read. So, please take a peek at my new blog, follow it, even, and maybe you will find a great next read for yourself. Happy Reading!
I am trying to use Twitter more in 2015 (and get involved in social networking); in doing so, I came across a tweet today about the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge of 2015. Naturally, I signed right up! I love reading nonfiction picture books. Plus, with the Common Core State Standards focus on nonfiction, reading nonfiction books helps to build our library’s collection as well. Looking at my Goodreads, I read 60 nonfiction books last year (from picture book to YA). In 2015, my goal will be to read 80 nonfiction picture books and to tweet on at least 40 of those titles. Here’s to a great start for 2015! My first nonfiction book of the new year was published in 2014- hadn’t gotten to reading it yet: The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming.
I have long noticed that our younger readers often select books that are quite above their reading level. Recently a few parents have noticed it, too. So, I made a small yet big change to the nonfiction section. Nonfiction books that are appropriate for kindergarten through second grade now have their own space at the beginning of the nonfiction shelves. This will make it much easier for our younger readers to find books that are at their reading or interest level. It has also helped me to identify what topics need more titles for our younger readers. Sometimes, change is good.