Today’s theme as part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week is “finding and keeping community”.
For me, finding and keeping community amongst book bloggers faces the same challenges as finding and keeping community in my neighbourhood; time and engagement. I’ve no tips I can share on finding time but in terms of engaging with readers and other bloggers here’s what I try to do:
One aspect of the community I find a little hard is that I’m a book blogger based in Britain, when the vast majority of book bloggers, especially those specialising in picture books are US based.
To that end, I’d like to create a list of everyone we (yes, that includes you!) know who blogs about children’s books in the UK (leaving for another day a list of British authors and illustrators who write blogs).
I’ll get the list rolling with some blogs I regularly read and others I’ve come across in researching this post, but if you know other UK-based bloggers who regularly review children’s literature (especially for the younger crowd) or share news and information about the children’s literature scene in the UK, please add them in the comments and together we’ll be able to make a great list and help build our community.
Lots more Children’s literature (inc YA/Teenager) blogs
March House Book Blogs
Nayu’s Reading Corner (Nayu also reviews picture books, although they are not her primary focus)
Girls Heart Books
Writing from the Tub
An Awfully Big Blog Adventure
Did you ever stop to think and forget to start again?
The History Girls
Seven Miles of Steel Thistles
Armadillo Magazine Blog
The Mountains of Instead
Books 4 Teens
The Acorn and the Thimble
Book Angel Booktopia
Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books
Tall Tales and Short Stories
Trapped by Monsters
Scribble City Central
The Book Zone (for boys)
Laura Atkins’ Blog
The Bookette has a dedicated list of UK YA / Childrens Book Blogs here.
Cision UK has several listings for literature bloggers and tweeters. I really like that they have separate lists for blogs focussed on teenage/YA books, and blogs focussed on books aimed at younger children. You can see Cision UK’s top UK Literature blog and twitter rankings here.
So yes, please do add any other UK book bloggers you know who focus on children’s literature (for any age). If I’ve included you and you don’t wish to be on this list, or I’ve made a mistake, please let me know and I’ll rectify the situation.
My thanks go to AliB68, NatashaWorswick, LibraryMice, ACKidsUK, tockla, emma_naomi, breakfast_tales, bakingteacher, TreasuryIslands, MarDixon, chaletfan, ladybookbird, keris and ljbarton on Twitter for their help in pulling together the information in this post.