I have to say, I love a good blog! I mostly read professional blogs that center around teaching Language Arts. I think blogs are a great way for educators to connect, share ideas, and bond in this sometimes crazy profession. After reading ,The 12 Best RSS Reader Apps to Follow Your Favorite Blogs, Sites, and Feeds by Vicky Cassidy, I realized that I was familiar with RSS feeds and use one to keep track of all my blog reading. Bloglovin’ has been my choice of blog feeder for a few years. I like the ease of use and how it suggests blogs to follow based on what I read. It pushes the latest posts to the top of my feed and also has a list of the blogs I follow and the number of new posts each blog has posted since last visited. I have since added some great library blogs to follow. Check out each blog by clicking the titles below.
- Book Riot This blog’s description says it all,” Always books, never boring.” Property of the New Riot Media Group, Book Riot blogs about diverse books and readers through reviews, lists, and anything bookish. It’s a great blog to check out for the latest book reviews and they even give librarians some love with this post about nominating your favorite librarian for the I Love My Librarian Award. This blog does not take it self too seriously and I can easily get lost among all the humorous posts.
- Mrs. Reader Pants Leigh Collazo is a librarian who blogs about books, library management, and lesson ideas. She has fourteen years experience in the field and her blog showcases her expertise. She posted a release spotlight for back to school where she reviews book for readers 7th grade and up and 4th-7th graders and picture books. What I liked especially about her blog is that she has posts dedicated to new librarians. This is so useful to those of us who are new to the field and need advise and tips.
- The Daring Librarian Gwyneth A. Jones, a future ready librarian, writer, speaker, and bogger from Howard County, Maryland who blogs about all things library. I love that she is a middle school librarian since that is what I hope to be some day. She has a variety of topics on her blog like Makerspace, technology, apps, social media, and books, just to name a few. One post that caught my eye was titled How to be a Teacher Librarian Rock Star: Branding Tips and Tricks. Jones gives advice about how to brand your library through professional social media use, how to stay positive and student centered, mentoring and how to rock at being a librarian. Her blog is bright and eye catching and one I will surely look to on my journey.
- Watch.Connect.Read. Mr. Jon Shu, lecturer at Rutgers University and Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic, blogs about book reviews along with book trailers. According to Mr. Shu, book trailers are a way to connect reader with books. I wholeheartedly agree! Book trailers can draw students into a book before they open to a page and get them engaged from the get go.This post about Dreamers / Soñadores by Yuyi Morales is stellar. If you have never read anything by Morales, this trailer will have you wanting to get a copy of one of her fabulous books. Watch.Connect.Read. is a great resource for book reviews, author interviews, and book trailers.
- Teen Librarian Toolbox This blog is by a School Library Journal blog and has tons of information to offer. Dedicated to libraries serving teens, TLT has everything you could want from book recommendations, professional development, resources, discussions and more. A post titled, Post-it Note Reviews, discusses a personal way to recommend books to elementary and middle grade students.
On a side note, Tumblr could easily become a new obsession.