Friday, June 20, 2008

Book Blogs

Last year I came across Readergirlz a blog which reviews great books for teen girls with terrific author information that includes playlists selected by the authors themselves to go with specific books. A recent example is Laurie Halse Anderson's playlist for her novel Prom. I have Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, one of her choices, playing in the background as I type. And there's more: links to reviews of her book, interviews with the author and a roundtable discussion. This is a dream site for teenaged girls who read and may entice many who aren't avid readers already. It has been named one of the ALSC Great Web Sites for Kids.

Today my RSS feed offered the suggestion of a site that will appeal to the male population. GuysLitWire "... was created after a broad discussion among YA bloggers within the lit blogosphere about the lack of books for teenage boys." A quick read of recent posts turns up a review of the classic gem Kon Tiki and a list of books with strong heroic characters. I loved their comment about both sexes needing strong role models and that you have to learn how to take care of yourselves because there's not always a hero around when you need one. Read more about them here. I'll be spending some time reading through the posts as I prepare my next book order.

If you have English teachers looking for blogs to share with their students these two would be great choices.


Little Willow said...

Thank you so much for supporting both readergirlz and GLW! I'm glad to be a part of each project, and quite glad to bring them together. :)

readergirlz said...

Thank you for the kind words about readergirlz! We really appreciate you helping to spread the word about our group and Guys Lit Wire!

Best in books,

Lorie Ann Grover, rgz diva/author

MrsE said...

You are both entirely welcome. It's a boon for a librarian to come across
two such engaging YA lit blogs. I have added GLW to my reader but was unable to add readergirlz. Being only somewhat 'techie' I'm not sure how to fix it. Any ideas?