Brilliant Blogs: Amazing Authors

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Brilliant Blogs: Amazing Authors


Scott, Elspeth, School Librarian


When you are flagging, demoralised by reluctant readers or just in need of inspiration, I think there are few things which can restore one's faith in the value and rewards of books and reading as much as looking at some of the amazing author blogs out there. It is also a great way of finding out about what is new or forthcoming and gathering ideas and recommendations for additions to your stock. Below is a selection of my favourite blogs which are written on a co-operative basis by groups of authors; some of the authors contribute to more than one blog. Some of these collective blogs are aimed at the readers of the authors' books, some at the general reader and some feel like eavesdropping on a group of very interesting friends, but they are all worth a look.

An Awfully Big Blog Adventure

http://awfullybigblogadventure.blogspot.co.uk/

Described as 'the ramblings of a few Scattered Authors', over 30 authors contribute to this one, including Nicola Morgan, Anne Rooney, Linda Strachan, Tony Bradman and Elen Caldecott. Tabs at the top link easily to information about the authors, a useful section about their latest titles and some short video clips and booktrailers. One of the joys of this blog is that the authors are so varied that the entries are a very eclectic selection from serious posts such as Anna Wilson on body image in children's books through Anne Rooney on why we need vampires to lighthearted posts on why chocolate is the meaning of life by Miriam Halahmy. Many of the authors do school visits and author events and it can be salutary to see 'the other side of the story'.

Girls Heart Books

http://girlsheartbooks.com/

With authors ranging from Ali Sparkes to Julie Bertagna by way of Joan Lennon, Megan Rix and Hilary Freeman (not to mention Simon Packham who 'isn't actually a girl, but there are lots in his books and he's married to one too ...') and many others, this blog is aimed squarely at teenage readers. There are suggestions of books to try with extracts to read, competitions to win free books and the chance for readers to submit their own writing for possible publication on the blog as well as the entertaining articles by the authors themselves. Past bloggers, whose posts are still available, include Hilary McKay, Sophie McKenzie and Cathy Hopkins.

Trapped by Monsters

http://www.trappedbymonsters.com/

Like 'Girls Heart Books' this blog is aimed at young people, the target audience for the books these authors write. They are 'also here to write about and celebrate any and all of the following: reading, writing, illustration, monsters, imagination, creativity, thrilling storytelling in all forms, monsters, whatever else we happen to feel like, and monsters. …

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