Sunday, May 18, 2008

Get Ready for the Summer Blog Blast Tour!

Get ready for the Summer Blog Blast Tour to rock your literary world!

Well, if it's going to rock your world, at least you should know what it is! The Summer Blog Blast Tour was started last year by Chasing Ray. Her reasoning for starting the blog tour is one close to the hearts of anyone interested in turning kids on to reading:

This generation, the young generation, must be readers if you want them to care about any sort of literary conversation as adults. We get them reading now by showing them books that are perfect for them - books that speak to them - books that will matter forever to them. If they are book lovers at the age of 12 then really, they are book lovers forever. This is the first big way I could think of to try and accomplish that goal; by shedding light on a big group of innovative and wonderful authors who have written a lot of great books.

The Summer Blog Blast Tour involves multiple blogs in the kidlitosphere conducting multiple interviews with children's and YA authors for the following week. So, starting on Monday, May 19th, the following author interviews will take place on various blogs around the kidlitosphere.

Monday, 5/19

Adam Rex at Fuse Number 8
David Almond at 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast
R.L. Lafevers at Finding Wonderland
Dave Schwartz at Shaken & Stirred
Elizabeth Scott at Bookshelves of Doom
Laurie Halse Anderson at Writing & Ruminating
Susan Beth Pfeffer at Interactive Reader

Tuesday, 5/20

Ben Towle at Chasing Ray
Sean Qualls at Fuse Number 8
Susane Colasanti at Bildungsroman
Robin Brande at Hip Writer Mama
Susan Beth Pfeffer at The YA YA YAs
Debby Garfinkle at A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy
Jennifer Lynn Barnes at Writing & Ruminating

Wednesday, 5/21

Delia Sherman at Chasing Ray
Ingrid Law at Fuse Number 8
Polly Dunbar at 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Tera Lynn Childs at Bildungsroman
Siena Cherson Siegel at Miss Erin
Barry Lyga at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy

Thursday, 5/22

Elisha Cooper at Chasing Ray
Dar Williams at Fuse Number 8
Jennifer Bradbury at Bildungsroman
E. Lockhart at The YA YA YAs
Mary Hooper at Miss Erin
Charles R. Smith at Writing and Ruminating

Friday, 5/23

Varian Johnson at Finding Wonderland
Jincy Willet at Shaken & Stirred
John Grandits at Writing & Ruminating
Meg Burden at Bookshelves of Doom
Gary D. Schmidt at Miss Erin
Javaka Steptoe at 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast

An amazing line up, huh? What a great way to learn about authors that may be new to you or to find out more about authors you know and love. Happy touring!

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