Monday, October 05, 2009

Afternoons With Jen Robinson

Want to know what's going on in the world of children's and young adult book blogging? Spend an afternoon at Jen Robinson's Book Page.

Yes, we can read our bloglines and Google Readers; we can see what has been tweeted about and the like.

But you know what? That is still a lot of work. Sometimes you can read all that; but other times, you want someone else to say, "here are the things you really want to know."

And that's where Jen Robinson's Afternoon Visits is a gift. She offers a balanced mix of literacy news, book reviews, new bloggers, old favorites, and the like. Find out about new blogs; catch up on people you've followed for a while. If like me, you come back from vacation and mark everything "read" even if you really didn't, you can read Jen's afternoon visit posts and pretend you read it all.

It's an unbelievable amount of work, to go through all the blog posts and news reports in a variety of arenas (literacy, books, publishing, libraries, education, homeschoolers, blogging), pull out the interesting and noteworthy items, make sure it's balanced and fair and has something for everyone, put it together in an appealing format, and well hell, I'm tired just thinking about it.

Jen also does a weekly Children's Literacy and Reading Round Up with Scrub-a-Dub-Tub, a Reading Tub blog.

Prefer your news sent to your email? Jen has a Growing Bookworms Weekly Newsletter you can subscribe to. And here I thought I was fancy, with a subscribe to my posts via email thingee from feedburns.

You want to know a secret? I think Jen has secretly cloned herself. Either that, or she never sleeps.

© Elizabeth Burns of A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy

4 comments:

tanita davis said...

...it's both. Neither she nor her clone ever close their eyes...

Jen Robinson said...

This post is a nice gift with which to start the week, Liz. Thanks so much! I will say that the afternoon visits posts are getting harder and harder to keep up with, because there are so many excellent blogs out there. But I try. Or, well, I guess I should admit that my #2 clone tries. ;-).

Seriously, though, thanks for brightening my day, Liz and Tanita.

Susan T. said...

Jen Robinson and Jen Robinson are a great team; they do so much! :)

Jen Robinson said...

It's tough when they get into arguments, but fortunately that's pretty rare.

OK, now I'm feeling schizophrenic.

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