Tuesday, January 24, 2012

KBWT : readergirlz & readertotz

I decided to feature readergirlz for Kids' Books Website Tuesday because I so enjoy reading the reviews on this informative teen-centric blog.  Every week, the blog interviews an author about the cover art on one of that author's books.  Teens, the primary audience for the books reviewed on readergirlz, are just as likely as the rest of us to "judge a book by its cover".  In my days of sharing ARCs with teens, we all gravitated towards certain images and styles of illustration.  These interviews tell the reader a lot about the author, the book and the way visual images can enhance the written word. 

In between the Cover Stories features, there are reviews and news about the world of writing for young adults.  I visit readergirlz almost every day now and always find something I like.  For instance, I just discover rgz tv in the right hand column and found a host of cool author/book/teen/reader-y related videos to watch.  Why not?  There's nothing good on cable anyway!  (I strongly suggest that they get John Green back since his new book, The Fault in Our Stars came out.)

But, then I noticed a link to readertotz!!  And I fell in love.  Oh yeah, a whole blog devoted to reviewing picture and board books!  The contributors are picture book authors themselves.  Lorie Ann Grover writes for other age groups as well and co-founded readergirlz.  Joan Holub writes primarily for the beginning reader group.
Here's the trailer for one of Holub's books, Zero the Hero.  Looks good. And check out the readertotz playlist when you stop by!

I have added readertotz to the blogs I follow regularly.  I suggest you do the same. 


  1. What about readeradultz and seniorz?

  2. or readerteenz or readerboomerz or readerkidz? Yeah! What about them?

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the kind words! You have encouraged us greatly at rgz and totz.

    Right now rgz is operating quietly with a small staff, while in 2007-2010 we had 30 volunteers engaged and created enormous literacy projects. The recap is still at www.readergirlz.com But it's wonderful to know the current blog is appreciated. And we'll still be honoring Support Teen Lit Day in April. There's past info in the blog tabs. Actually, all former divas are ready to mobilize for a project when necessary. Right now, though everyone is working on their own writing, while 3 of us hold the fort down.

    And of course readertotz is my heart. Joan and I want everyone to appreciate and revel in the very best for the youngest readers.

    So thank you again! Brava for your work for literacy!

  4. Thank you so much for supporting readergirlz!