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A (new) twitter forum for adults who want to talk about children’s books

Posted on | March 11, 2011 | 13 Comments

Hey, do you love children’s books? Looking for a new opportunity to chat with lots of other adults who are passionate about children’s literature? Well, clear your diary for every other Sunday evening from now on…

The (UK-based) Federation of Children’s Book Groups is delighted to announce that it will be starting a children’s book forum using Twitter.

The aim of the forum is for librarians, teachers, bloggers and anyone else interested in children’s books (including YA) the chance to talk about new releases, favourites and anything else of interest surrounding children’s books.

The forum will run every fortnight on a Sunday evening between 8pm and 9pm (UK time. 3pm start time EST, 12midday PST I think, and 10 or 11 hours ahead for Australia/New Zealand) and will be hosted by the Federation @FCBGChair. Using the hashtag #fcbgbkgrp chat will be directed by the participants but at certain times of the year a theme will be suggested inspired by book events throughout the year such as National Share A Story Month in May or National Non Fiction Day in November.

The launch date for the first forum is 20th March 2011 and every other Sunday from then.

Here are some friendly faces you might see there:
@playbythebook (that’s me!)

Would be great to see some of you on the 20th! If you hope to join in, please live your twitter name in the comments and I’ll add you to the list above to help people find you :-)

Other tweet-meets that might be of interest if you like children’s books include:

  • #pblitchat where you can discuss all things picture books (Sorry – no middle-grade or YA novels allowed) on the 1st, 3rd & 5th week (if there is a 5th week) #pblitchat on Twitter.

  • #kidlitchat – used on Tuesdays at 9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific/11 PM UK for a weekly chat about all things kidlit, but used sporadically through the week, too.

  • #YALitChat – used on Wednesday at 9 PM Eastern/6 PM/11 PM UK Pacific for a chat about YA, but also used all week long for YA Lit type topics.

  • #kidlitart – used on Thursday at 9 PM Eastern/6 PM/11 PM UK Pacific for a weekly chat about the art of picture books. Used some during the week, too.
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    13 Responses to “A (new) twitter forum for adults who want to talk about children’s books”

    1. Carisa Kluver
      March 11th, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

      Would love to join in the conversation. We had so much interesting conversation this week from my blog post, “How will iPad picture books affect young reader’s literacy?”

      Our site reviews children’s picture books on the iPad and has over 125 reviews, sortable & searchable.

    2. Carisa Kluver
      March 11th, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

      Oh and our twitter name is: iPad_Storytime :)

    3. Nosy Crow Kate
      March 11th, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

      Great to see this.

    4. Chris (@book_dads)
      March 11th, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

      Wow, this is so cool! A bunch of us on Twitter were just talking about this last week. Thank you for organizing this and I will start spreading the word. Look forward to the 20th!!

    5. Claire
      March 11th, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

      This sounds wonderful! I’m in.


    6. Trish Brown
      March 12th, 2011 @ 1:41 am


    7. Amy Broadmoore
      March 12th, 2011 @ 4:23 am

      I will plan to join you.

    8. Zoe
      March 12th, 2011 @ 8:14 am

      Great to “meet” you all, Amy, Trish, Claire, Chris, Kate, Carisa! Hope to see you a week tomorrow for a good old natter ;-)

    9. Susie Day
      March 12th, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

      Brilliant! I’m definitely up for a natter.

    10. Catherine Nichols
      March 12th, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

      Great idea! I’ve been looking for something like this. Looking forward to the first chat. @TheCathInTheHat

    11. Nicola Cowling
      March 12th, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

      I shall look forward to it, a new experience for me.

    12. Emma
      March 14th, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

      My Twitter @Luvzi12

      Looking foward to this! Just hope my internet works for it, it has a habit of cutting out on weekends!


    13. Malaika
      July 1st, 2011 @ 10:20 am


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