Stacey Loscalzo

Sep 30

Back to Old Favorites

by Stacey


Over the summer, I feel back in love with photography. I participated in the August Break and began taking pictures every day. I read books and blogs all about taking pictures. I took a class at Creative Non-Fiction and rediscovered my need to write every day. I read lots of blogs written by writers I admire.

While rediscovering these loves has been exciting, it has taken time away from some old favorites. My time spent in the Kiditsophere (the name for the world of children’s lit blogs) has been extremely limited and just last week, I realized how much I have missed it.

When I discovered that a fellow children’s lit lover was opening her very own children’s book store in the next town, I was overjoyed. The Curious Reader is due to open this weekend and I can’t stop thinking about how wonderful it is going to be.

I decided to spend some time with old friends this weekend and discovered all the amazingness I’ve missed… It’s glad to be back.

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

In the time that I have been out of the loop, Jules has featured such wonderful authors and illustrators as Elisha Cooper, Joyce Sidman, Amy Hest and Helen Oxenbury.

A Fuse #8 Production

Here, Betsy has reviewed Real Boy by Anne Ursa, made her Newbery and Caldecott predictions and provided great information about a new and improved Children’s Book Council.

Jen Robinson’s Book Page

Jen discussed the concept of memorization in early literacy, announce the 7th Annual Kidlitcon and highlighted the five series that she is most looking forward to reading with her girls. Three of our favorites are on her list!

Nerdy Book Club

The folks at Nerdy Book Club wrote micro-reviews of banned books, discussed the importance of finding just the right book and celebrated the work of Roald Dahl.

Playing By The Book

Zoe introduced me to her favorite new author, Lari Don, interviewed on my favorite authors Nicola Davies and discussed the concept of ‘pink’ books.


  1. Shana Norris says:

    I came across some of these blogs when I was taking a children’s lit class a year or so ago.  We need just a few more hours in every day to squeeze in ALL the things we enjoy and are passionate about, don’t we?  

  2. Jen Robinson says:

    Welcome, back! Glad you are enjoying photography. It’s all about finding time to do what you enjoy, whatever that is, I think. 

  3. Kristen says:

    Thank you for these great links! Though I tried clicking on the last one for Playing by the Book and it brings me to Nerdy Book Club. I’ve been thinking of taking a class in creative non-fiction as well — maybe you’ll do a post one day about your experience, good and bad? I’m torn between taking a class and joining a writers’ group.

    • Stacey says:

      Thanks for the info on the link- seems like I pasted in the same one twice! Will fix it now… I have loved both my on-line writing classes and my in person groups. There are such pros and cons to both aren’t there? A post about both is a great idea! Thanks for the idea!

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