Wrapping up the year

This is how I feel at this time of year: after reviewing six books a week for the last year, I keep seeing lists of “the best of 2017” and realizing how many books I DIDN’T get to read this year.  I’m resisting the urge to hole up all week and try to fit in as many of those books as I can!  This week I’ll be posting my own “best of” lists; then I’m going to take a few weeks off in January to catch up on some non-blog reading and let the 2018 books start to pile up.

As always, I’d love to hear from any followers about how Kids Book a Day has helped you this year, what you’d like to see here in 2018, or just a general hello.  I look forward to another year of reading and sharing books, and I wish each one of you the best in the year ahead!

A shiny new medal!

I just learned that Feedspot named this blog one of their top 100 Children’s Book blogs for the year (I’m #64).  They gave me a shiny gold badge to put on the sidebar of the blog– check it out!  You can click on it to see the full list of all 100 blogs.  I have no idea what Feedspot is…please leave a comment or email me if you know!

A week off

I was fortunate enough to get a Baker and Taylor grant to attend the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Conference in Phoenix, Arizona this year.  I’m leaving tomorrow morning and will be back Saturday night, so I’m taking a short vacation from the blog.  Don’t worry, I have a stack of books to read on the plane, and will be up and running again no later than next Monday.  Is anyone else going to AASL?  Let me know, and maybe we can meet up!

Amazon Affiliate

I’ve recently signed up with the Amazon Affiliate program, and will be including a link to Amazon at the bottom of each review.  I’ve added links to my last four reviews, and hope to (eventually) add them to other previous reviews.  If you click on the link, then buy the book from Amazon, I get 4% of the sale.  Blog design is not my specialty (I’m sure you’ve noticed), and I’m sure there’s some more aesthetically pleasing way to incorporate this link, but this is my best attempt for now.  I’m still learning about this process, so if anyone has any helpful hints, I’d appreciate them.  Please feel no obligation to shop through my blog, but if you are planning to buy a book, thanks for clicking on the link!

AASL Conference

I am excited to be attending the AASL conference in Phoenix this November.  If anyone else is going to be there, I’d love to meet up!  Also, I am staying in an AirBnB about a mile and a half from the conference.  It’s a two room guest house, so plenty of room for someone else if you’re in need of an inexpensive place to stay.  Email me at jkdawson115@gmail.com if you want to talk more.

I’m Back!

Happy new year!  I’ve enjoyed having the month of January off, but am ready to get back to work!  I’ve started reading 2017 books, and will start reviewing them tomorrow morning.

Thank you for all your messages!  I got many emails and comments, and it was gratifying to hear how many people out there are using the reviews on this blog to choose books for kids, whether it’s for a library, classroom, or family.

As many suggested, I may slow down the pace, possibly taking a day or two off each week, and going on an occasional vacation.

What did I read in January?  I finished up some 2016 books, like Slacker by Gordon Korman, I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings, and Life in Motion by Misty Copeland.  I was planning on posting reviews of these, but I spilled water on my laptop, and am pretty sure the reviews I wrote are gone.  I recommend all three, although read I Am Jazz first if you’re planning to put it in a school library.

While I was gone, ALA announced all its award winners.  What did you think?  I was pretty happy overall, although I was disappointed The Wild Robot and Some Writer! didn’t get any recognition.

Well, onto 2017!  I do enjoy hearing from you, so feel free to comment or email me (jkdhamilton@gmail.com) any time.