Archive for January, 2010

I Did It!

It only took me 4 hours,  innumerable Googles, tireless reading and rereading through WordPress for Dummies, a lot of head scratching and many test runs, but I did it!  I have an RSS link on my web site…

And I checked to be sure my copyright date is updated to 2010 so one Bloggiesta mini-challenge has been accomplished…

And I have written two comments today…so far…

Moving on.

Happy Reading,

Kathy B.

Getting Down to It

I have posted five comments today! One goal achieved! You are going to ask me where, right? OK, my five comments today were left at:

MotherReader - where I signed up for the 2010 Comment Challenge and thanked her for the opportunity.

Lee Wind – where I thanked Lee for partnering with MotherReader on the Comment Challenge and giving us the opportunity to meet new people.

Maw Books Blog – where I signed up for the Boggiest and thanked her for the opportunity.

There’s a Book – where I got involved in a Bloggiesta mini-challenge and learned about creating a cheat sheet for my blog and thanked him for the template.

The Book Lady’s Blog – where I got involved in another Bloggiesta mini-challenge to think about my goals for my blog in 2010 and commented about how I  am already completely overwhelmed.

I am happy it is Friday night and Shabbat will allow me to relax just a bit. But before I light the candles, here are a couple goals for 2010:

  1. Finish the forwords Catalog of Jewish Books and get it up on the website and let the Jewish community know it is there and updated in the next two weeks.
  2. Target a Jewish Value each month and find secular books that support it. Feature those books and write a blog about the value and how the books support it.
  3. Work on my Amazon affiliate program and see if I might generate a bit of income through book sales.
  4. Attend the 2010 kidlitosphere Conference. Meet some the incredible people writing these amazing blogs.

I am sure there will be more,  I haven’t even touched the social networking stuff yet. But let’s leave it here for now.

Happy Reading,

Kathy B.

Jumping in Head First

If you return to the tribute to Jon Scieszcka that I posted on Monday, you will see that I received three comments. Two were from colleagues of mine on the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. The last one was from (drum roll please):


I am not kidding.  Jon Scieszcka commented on my blog. Jon Scieszcka, the Caldecott award winning, First Ambassador for Young People’s Literature thanked ME for writing a tribute to HIM.  So not only does this incredible guy, write fantastic books with excellent Jewish values content, he’s also a mensch. And yes, I thanked him for thanking me.

Now I have had my taste of the kidlitosphere and the real possibilities it harbors. Not that Caldecott Award winning authors are going to be commenting on my blog every day, but the feeling of being part of a larger community.

With that in mind, I have decided to participate in two online challenges that are starting today:

The 2010 Comment Challenge sponsored by MotherReader and Lee Wind. A 21 day event running through January 28 that challenges kidlit bloggers to post 5 comments a day for 21 days.


BloggiestaLogoBloggiesta sponsored by Maw Books Blog, a weekend event to help those of us who tend to procrastinate with our blog maintenance duties focus on some clean-up tasks.  The mascot for Bloggiesta is Pedro,  Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize. He’s a cute little guy with a lot to say.

I have a lot to do this weekend and in the days ahead. I am looking forward to making some new friends in the kidlitosphere and beyond. Wish me luck.

Happy Reading,

Kathy B.

kids books that matter.

January 6, 2010

I just added a new tag line to my website, “Kids books that matter.”  I have been trying to find something short, simple and to the point for a while now. I had recently read an article about Guy Kawasaki, the author of  The Art of the Start, where he said a business owner should “come up with a simple mantra, preferably three words or less.” I really liked that idea, so I have been tossing around words for weeks now. Words like:

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Book Review | Nachshon Who Was Afraid to Swim
by Deborah Bodin Cohen

Score: 4

Illustrated by Jago © 2009 Kar-Ben Publishing. A 2009 Sydney Taylor Honor Book. This is a beautifully written midrash about the story of Nachshon, the individual who was the first to step into the waters of the Reed Sea thereby enabling the Jewish People to reach freedom on the other side. Nachshon is portrayed as [...]

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