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Blogs that I read

By February 16, 2018May 13th, 2021The Kerlan Blog

The number one blog that I read might surprise the children’s literature audience.

Ask a Manager. 

Alison Green was a manager at a non-profit and is now a freelance consultant. Her blog tackles the everyday lives of working people whether they are new entry level employees or c-level directors with practical advice and humor. And she has a book coming out Ballantine on May 1, 2018. I read it. I am recommending for every teen collection, business collections, and the go-to gift for recent graduates.

On the kid front, I read Betsy Bird and Mr. Schu. I Read Roger. I read Shelf Awareness. But these are my take-a-break, need-some-inspiration, go-tos.

What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week,Featuring Elisha Cooper, Tao Nyeu, & Taeeun Yoo

“I’d like to think of it as a sort of literary salon where authors and illustrators stop by, after getting a cup of cyber-coffee, to share their craft — and where illustrators wake us up with art.”

Julie Danielson (“Jules”); Tennessee. Founder

And that is exactly what she does. Seven Impossible Things is my coffee-break blog.

I just discovered Books Around The Table a blog of Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Laura Kvasnosky, Julie Larios, Julie Paschkis and Bonny Becker. They are a critique group of children’s book authors and illustrators who have been meeting monthly since 1994 to talk about books they are working on, books that they have read, their art and their lives.  This is the rabbit-hole of illustration. I can get lost for an hour but never regret the experience.


The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers. I love their interviews. I love discovering new others. I depend on them for sorting my “read next pile”

The bloggers are Paula Chase Hyman, Varian Johnson, Don Tate, Kelly Starling Lyons

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Tameka Fryer Brown, Gwendolyn Hooks,Crystal Allen

Tracey Baptiste, Jerry Craft

Their flagship initiative is 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by Black creators.  


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