Electronic newsletters can be a great way to stay up on what's happening in the world of children's literature. Usually, newsletters are brief and sent out monthly so even if you have subscribed to several (like me), they don't clutter your in-box and and you can read through them quickly. Recently, I posted about a new newsletter published by Horn Book Magazine. Below are a few more that you might be interested in checking out.
Read Alert is a monthly electronic newsletter sponsored by Booklist Online, a magazine published by the American Library Association. The February issue of Read Alert has an article, reviews, and author interview on graphic novels. Also included are a few other book reviews of adult and young adult books and reference and media resources. Booklist also has two blogs to which you might be interested in subscribing, Likely Stories and Book Group Buzz. Links for subscribing to the newsletter and the blogs are provided from the February issue (link provided above).
The Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) is an acquisition, research, and reference fee based service. However, they provide a free monthly newsletter that always has great monthly features and author features. This month, the newsletter features book reviews for Adopt-a-Rescued-Guinea Pig month (I didn't even know March was adopt-a-rescued-guinea pig month!), St. Patrick's Day (which is today!), and National Women's History Month. The authors featured in the March newsletter are David Lubar (in which he talks about some of the short stories in The Curse of the Campfire Weenies, and Other Warped and Creepy Tales), Carolyn Reeder (in which she talks about her recently published trilogy of Civil War stories titles, Before the Creeks Ran Red), and Carmella Van Vleet (in which she answers questions about Ben Franklin and why she wrote about him in Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions You Can Build Yourself). I always look forward to the CLCD newsletter because it has timely and informative book reviews and author interviews. You'll can subscribe here.
Last, but not least is the Curriculum Connections newsletter published by TeachingBooks.net and School Library Journal. TeachingBooks.net is a fee based service that provides online video interviews of most of the major children's book authors and illustrators. School Library Journal is a well respected children's/YA book review journal. The February issue of the Curriculum Connections newsletter offers a reviewed book list for Black History Month and Immigration and an author interview with Kadir Nelson . For each book list and interview, dozens of multimedia, online materials about the authors and illustrators of these books are provided. Seeing and hearing an author talk about his or her work adds to everyones' enjoyment and understanding of the work. This newsletter will give you lots of ideas for books and also media to enrich the experience. A link for subscribing Curriculum Connections is available from the February issue link provided above.