Act as home base or website
Create a place for interaction
Can demonstrate expertise
A blog can give people reasons to keep
coming back to a site time and again to form a community.
Community Events… Online!
• Carnival of Children’s Literature (monthly)
• Poetry Friday (weekly)
• Non-Fiction Monday (weekly)
Poetry prompts, collections of reviews, what’s in your to be read
pile, literacy roundup, etc. plus etc.!
• Share a Story – Shape a Future
• Guys Lit Wire book drive
• Operation Teen Book Drop
• The Haiti/Earthquake Booklists
• Cover controversies
• National Poetry Month, 2010
Why do we do what we do?
We love children’s literature, of course!
How Can People Benefit From the
• More resources
• And a few more resources
Jump in! The water’s fine….
that’s one thing he hated…
the NOISE! NOISE!
A Listening Efficiency Tip
• Get on JacketFlap or get a Google Reader
account and SUBSCRIBE to blogs as you find
Visiting blogs each day takes time. Bring content
TO you so it’s there for your on your terms.
Say “Please” and “Thank You”
There are different ways to ask for help:
Some are more effective than others.
When someone helps or is nice to you, show
appreciation. You can make fans for life.
and the real-time web
What are you doing?
Hey, what about now?
#kidlitchat – Tuesday nights at 6 PM our time
Transcripts are stored at The Happy Accident
HOW TO CHAT: http://bit.ly/writerchats
(great article by Debbie Ridpath Ohi)
People are People
We are not just one thing online any more than
we are one thing offline.
So… how does this relate to kids and
Kids these days…
They are active online, but in general…
They don’t read blogs. They don’t connect with
adults on Twitter or Facebook.
They talk with peers via updates or in
(oh yeah, they text. A LOT.)
• teens get on social networks to talk to their
peers but not to those who have power over
them (via @zephoria)
Microsoft researcher danah boyd
So, again… how does this affect kids
• They are digital natives
• They don’t interact with adults online
• They do interact among their peers
• They need communities where it is safe to talk
Books and Stories Need Mindshare
As we tweet and blog, we spread the word.
We reach and form new communities.
We give context and content.
But we also need…
• Tweeting Animal Farm
• Skype Author Visits
• Live Twitter Chats
• Yes, the 39 Clues
We need ways to tie story and technology
together, particularly since…
We must NOT demonize video games, social
networks, e-readers, and iPads. We cannot
cast these as the villains with
“the book” as the hero.
(it didn’t work for our parents, either)
Embrace the Tools
• Find trusted sources. Become trusted sources.
• Put children’s literature – in a positive way –
into the zeitgeist.
• Experiment. Explore. Act like a kid!
(I know… I’m preaching to the choir!)
Thanks to Susan Erickson for bringing me
here today, and to all of you for coming on
Questions? Comments? Feedback?
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