Dr. Bickmore Dives into the YA Blogosphere
For this YA Wednesday I want to point you to people who never seem to stop reading. Readers are my favorite people. Even though I am supposed to read and write about young adult literature for a living, I just don’t seem to keep up with some of those readers in the blogosphere. These readers are my heroes and I frequently feel that there isn't quite enough communication between these fantastic bloggers and the academic world.
I don’t have time to list all of them so I want to point to one blogger who I always find interesting, then to a collaborative effort, and then to a couple of sites that provide lists of bloggers.
First, take a look at Anna Moore’s blog, it is simply entitled Anna Reads. I think you will enjoy this blog. She always points me to something I haven’t had the time to explore on my own. Next, I want to draw your attention to The Nerdy Book Club. Four voracious readers keep this blog going and at least one of them will speak to books that pique your interest. Next up is a website called Kidlitosphere Central and is subtitled The Society of Bloggers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. If you can’t find a blog that will be useful for you, your students, or your book club, you just aren't looking very carefully. Don’t visit this website unless you have several hours to spend browsing. Last, but not least by any means, is the YA Book Blog Directory. While the previous website focuses on Children’s and YA literature, this page is an alphabetical listing of blogs that try to focus on YA literature. Again, make sure you have time before you start browsing. Look to see if your favorite bloggers are listed, if not you might give them a heads up so they can add themselves to the list.
All of these sites are places that you should have bookmarked on your browser. I hope you have fun exploring. I am sure that you will find books to add to your reading list. In my case, I usually find something that I need to read right away. In addition, as an academic that teaches classes on YA literature, I find that the exploration of blogs on YA literature is a good early assignment that helps students with their self-selected reading choices during the semester.
Thanks for reading.
Steven T. Bickmore