WWW: Gathering Books

Gathering Books is currently in the midst of a multicultural-based theme, "“Rainbow Colors of Diversity: Voices of the Silenced.”

Gathering Books is currently in the midst of a multicultural-based reading theme, “Rainbow Colors of Diversity: Voices of the Silenced.”

Are you looking for something to read? Check out the phenomenal blog: Gathering Books. I’ve always been aware of this incredible resource, but I’ve never had much of a chance to explore its voluminous content. Until now. My one word summary is: “Wow!” I’m struck by the amount and quality of work the team at Gathering Books must devote to the blog. It’s mind-blowing.

The bloggers responsible are Myra Garces-Bacsal, an Assistant Professor and clinical psychologist who does extensive work with the gifted; Fats Suela, a B.A. in Psychology, “nomad at heart,” and fabulous book reviewer; and Iphigene Daradar, a managing consultant, pyschometrician (I had to look this up), and counselor-in-training. These three have reviewed and commented in depth on hundreds of books. Many kudos for that!

The blog is organized into sections consisting of book reviews of all types (with new reads on Mondays and Saturdays), Filipino Lit, Nonfiction for Adults, Picture Books, Young Adult Lit, and more… Visitors interested in finding a good read can navigate these sections, read the reviews, view scans of illustrations, and comment on the books after reading.  Continue reading


Reading Challenges for 2014

It’s that time of year again! January is when so many amazing new book and reading challenges begin.  This year we’ve decided to participate in two different reading challenges that we’re really excited about. These are two of our favorite blogs. They both offer amazing reviews and resources for great literature.  You should definitely check them out if you’re not already familiar with them.

Gathering Books Check Off Your Reading List Challenge 2014

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Our goal with this challenge is reach the level of Book Savant, which is 11-25 books read from Jan. 2014 — Dec. 2014. We think this should absolutely be attainable with all of the reading we do here on the blog.

Latin@s in Kids Lit


We couldn’t agree more with what Latin@s in Kid Lit wrote on their blog.  We’d also like to see “more Latin@ children’s literature on bookshelves and in libraries and classrooms, more titles by and for Latin@s on year-end “Best of” lists and best-seller lists, more people buying, reading, and writing about Latin@ children’s literature.”  We can’t wait to participate in this challenge and see all the great books other participants are reading.

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WWW: Book Challenges!

Katrina, Keira and I decided to take advantage of the numerous (and I mean numerous) reading challenges that go on in the blog world each year. This year we will be participating in 2 challenges. Continue reading