Cynsations is Cynthia Leitich Smith's blog, along with Spookycyn.
Cynsations has been around since July 2004. Five years of blogging!
If you're reading children's and young adult books; writing them; reviewing them; or just want to know more about what is going on this part of the book world? Read Cynsations. If you're not, you're ignoring one of the best children's literature blogs.
First, she has some of the best interviews in town, with authors, illustrators, agents, editors, all sorts of industry people.
Second, the in-depth posts about authors.
Third, the news. What's being published, what's been reviewed, awards, just about everything. Which sometimes includes giveaways.
Fourth, while this is an author blog and the author, of course, talks about her own work, the focus of her blog always remains true: "a source for conversations, publishing information, literacy and free speech advocacy, writer resources, inspiration, news in children's and teen literature, and author outreach" (from sidebar at Cynsations). It's not about the author, it's about the community and Leitich Smith is very embracing and open, including everyone. She highlights new and old voices; just look at this news post.
I constantly save the many posts and interviews to reread; her coverage is in-depth; and it's nice to read about book culture outside of New York City.
Leitich Smith also has an official website, Cynthia Leitich Smith, that includes must-read resources: Cynthia Leitich Smith's Children's & Young Adult Literature Resources.
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