No, it isn't my blogiversary. I noticed that post 600 came and went a week or so ago, but that doesn't feel like much of a milestone. Life has been good to me lately, and in small part this is due to my participation in this lovely community. Here are some of the reasons why I love this little corner of the web.
It is a great place for sharing a love of books (and even the kids who read them!) with like-minded folks.Yup, you read that last one correctly. Tomorrow I have the honor and pleasure of unveiling an original poem by one of my favorite poets. I could go on, but these are just some of the reasons I love this place. How about you? Why do you love the kidlitosphere?
Smart, talented, BUSY authors take precious time from their days to e-mail thank you notes and kinds words for reviewing their books.
Folks who read my stuff and find it informative or interesting highlight my posts on their blogs. (Thanks to you generous people who do this.)
Thoughtful readers who know my blog send me links to articles they know will interest me. Likewise, I can write to others and say "I saw this and was thinking of you."
In a show of support for one our own, we banded together in support of Robert's Snow. The 2007 auction raised more than $63,000 to benefit sarcoma research.
Out of the blue I sometimes receive packages in the mail, like the signed copy of Mia Posada's Cybils nominated book that showed up this week. Thanks, Adrienne!
Generous bloggers hold contests and when you win, they send you things! Elaine, Jama, and MR have sent me books and pictures. How cool is that?
Authors invite you to join blog tours of their books. William and I just finished reading the ARC for this one and can't wait to talk about it!
A group of accomplished poets took a chance on me and included me in an amazing project to write a crown sonnet.
Last year this virtual community got together in Chicago for the 1st Annual Kidlit Conference. They're doing it again this year in Portland!
J. Patrick Lewis sent me an original poem to debut for Poetry Friday. HURRAY!