Wednesday, September 10, 2008

From the Mailbox

Here are a few items of interest I found in my inbox:

A La Jolla couple has donated "$1 million to the San Diego State University Library to fund an endowment and visiting scholar fellowships in children's literature." Super cool: Kathy Day reports for La Jolla Light.

The 8th Annual National Book Festival is upon us. You can read all about the scheduled events on their website if you will be lucky enough to attend. If, instead, you won't be in D.C., the Book Festival team has put together ways for you (us) to participate online. From the press release:

  • The National Book Festival Young Readers’ Online Toolkit, features information about National Book Festival authors who write for children and teens, podcasts of their readings, teaching tools and activities for kids. This resource shows educators, parents and children how they can host their own book festival.
  • Online chats hosted by featuring a select group of Festival authors. These live text-based discussions will take place throughout September leading up to the Festival at, where participants can submit questions and comments any time before or during the live chat.
  • Podcasts, also available on iTunes, featuring interviews with some of the award-winning authors participating in the 2008 National Book Festival.
I'll definitely check out the podcasts, how about you?

And don't miss Candice Ransom's new column at Ellsworth's Journal--Vintage Wednesdays. Candice (Writer) and Ellsworth (the stuffed elephant) review vintage children's books in style.