Anita’s Got a Brand New Blog

Anita Silvey's Children's Book-a-Day Almanac: blog logoAnita Silvey has a new blog.  Well, she started it late last month.  But I just began reading it.  If you have any interest in children’s literature, you’ll want to read it, too.  Here’s why.

  1. Anita Silvey really knows children’s literature. She’s a former editor at Houghton Mifflin, former Editor-in-Chief of the Horn Book, and the author of several books on the subject (four of which are on my bookshelves), including: 100 Best Books for Children, and Children’s Books and Their Creators.  So, you’re getting recommendations from an expert.
  2. The field of children’s literature is unbelievably vast, and it’s helpful to have a tour guide.  What should you read next?  What book might you give to a younger reader?  Anita is recommending both classics and newer books.  It’s a daily guide to some of the greats.
  3. In a sidebar feature, the blog also covers related events for each day in history – and children’s books that address those events.  This would, I think, be very helpful for teachers.

The thoroughness and clarity of each entry is impressive, and she seems to be posting every day!  Wow.  If you haven’t done so already, why not welcome Anita Silvey to the blogosphere by checking out her blog?


  1. Helga Pearson


    Thanks for the recommendation Phil, after a quick look it’s already made my Top 10 Blogs list.

  2. Anita Silvey


    Phil: Thank you for this! Yes, it will be every day — for at least a year. In the end, I’ll turn these entries into a book.


  3. Mary Rowe


    I bought your book Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book. I plan to use that as a theme for my library classes next year. First, I plan to let the middle school grades read and review children’s book. Then at the end of the year they will write their entry about the book that has influenced them the most. Now, that I found this blog my brain is going crazy with ideas… I am glad the year is almost half over…. I won’t have to wait too long for the book!

  4. Mary Rowe


    oh, I will have to wait… you just started the blog… but that is ok… I will follow along on the site until the book comes out!

  5. Reply

    Hi, Mary. I think you intended to post those comments on Anita Silvey’s blog. She’s creating the marvelous Book-A-Day Almanac, not me. (I wish I were, though: It’s a great idea for a book!) The link to her website is above, or you might reach her via Twitter (@anitasilvey).

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