So first up, some wonderful news! Yesterday Playing by the book was named as the top UK Parent Blog of 2011 by the UK’s largest community of active British parent bloggers, the Tots 100. This wonderfully exciting news came out of the blue and put a huge smile across my face.
Next up, having tried a little experiment on Twitter over the holidays whereby I shared information about upcoming radio programmes (available to listen online worldwide) that featured children’s literature, children’s authors, children’s illustrators and book news I’m now going to try to share that information once a week here on the blog too. So this coming week, here’s what I hope to listen to (and what you should be able to listen to online either live, or for one week after the show is broadcast):
If you know of any radio stations around the world which have regular slots for children’s books (or indeed, any radio programme I’ve missed) AND which can be listened to online around the world, please let me know in the comments so I can also check and link to them.
Apart from the new slot dedicated to listening to children’s books/authors/stories and illustrators, I’m also hoping to take part in a few community events this year on Playing by the book. Perhaps you’d like to take part too?
First up is the Award Winning Books Reading Challenge over at Gathering Books. I shall be focussing on translated prize winning children’s books and hope to start with something from this list:
Please feel free to suggest any books I might read as part of this challenge – I’m especially looking for picture books.
Last but not least, I’ve a special giveaway! To say thanks to all of you who read my blog (last year about 75,000 different people read my blog!!), and especially to all of you who chat with me about books and play, whether via the comments, email or twitter there are some gifts up for grabs. All you need to do is leave me a friendly comment and you could win…
Thanks to my very talented sister Kate for making this pencil case!
This giveaway is open worldwide until 6am Sunday 8th January (the only thing to note is that depending on your country’s postal regulations I may not be able to post the chocolate to you). Please don’t tweet or blog about it – I want this giveaway to be for regular readers of this blog!
I couldn’t resist including this pencil themed video to go along with the pencil themed giveaway!
So that’s it folks, 2012 has kicked off. Please do leave me a comment, say hello and join in the conversation about wonderful children’s books. Thank you to all of you for making 2011 such a great year here on Playing by the book.