Why now? Why a blog? Why The Blue Ox Review?
The best part of being a children’s librarian is sharing books. Matching the right kid with the right book. When I became a librarian, I was told that one of my professional duties was to review. Turns out that I love to review because I loved to read first. I love to review because I can’t wait to talk about what I am reading. Over the years, I have reviewed for Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, Barnes and Noble Review, Teaching K8, EarlyWord.com, Nick Jr Family Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post and even The Bark. Each one had their own house style and point of view.
I took a break from public reviewing when I served on the 2017 Caldecott Committee. I really missed it. Missed reading all kinds of books. Missed sharing. (Shouting from the roof tops) At heart, I am a “big mouth.”
Why a blog? I do have one of the best children’s librarian positions. I am the curator of one of the most extensive archives of Children’s Literature.
A blog allows me to review books, give a heads up on upcoming titles that I am excited about, link to interesting news and events, and show off cool stuff from my collection. Of course there will be an occasional rant. A blog can also be a conversation and I hope that I will be having one with my kindred spirits.
Why the Blue Ox Review? I am now a Minnesotan and Minnesota is the mythic home of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Minnesota was also the home of the Hungry Mind Review. The Blue Ox Review is a nod to independence.
The opinions expressed here are strictly those of the writer and not of the University of Minnesota Libraries or Regents.