Meet the Niblings, a new blog consortium (found on both Facebook and Twitter), representingÂ Seven Impossible Things Before BreakfastÂ (Julie Danielson, a.k.a. Jules),Â A Fuse #8 ProductionÂ (Betsy Bird),Â Nine Kinds of PieÂ (yours truly), andÂ 100 Scope NotesÂ (Travis Jonker). We considered calling ourselves “100 Notes on Why 7 8 9,” but, happily, the group liked my suggestion of “The Niblings.”
Our goal with this group is to share – in one convenient location – links from our blogs, as well as other interesting links related to the field of children’s literature. Instead of us sharing links to our respective blogs on four separate pages, consider this (the FacebookÂ page or TwitterÂ feed) a one-stop resource center for information on children’s literature. This was initially Jules’ idea, ’cause she isn’t happy unless she’s collaborating with others, and she has immense respect for these three other blogs. And she couldn’t pass up the fun numerology in these four blog titles.
- The Niblings is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheNiblings
- And we’re on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TheNiblings4
“The Niblings” comes from Tove Jansson’s Moomin series:Â
“Do you like educational games?” Hodgkins asked cautiously.
“I love them!” said the Nibling.
I sat down and didn’t know what to say.
– Tove Jannson, final chapter ofÂ Moominpappa’s MemoirsÂ (1968, revision ofÂ The Exploits of Moominpappa, 1950), translated by Thomas Warburton, p. 147
Why this name for our group?
- Tove Jansson‘s Niblings love educational games and are, of course, often hungry. And we four children’s-lit bloggers have a comparably rapaciousÂ curiosity.
- It is the nature of blogs to take small bites of things. Niblings like to gnaw on things, too. (Niblings also chew off noses they think are too long. We vow not to do this.)
- “Niblings” is a term for nieces or nephews and thus offers an additional link to young readers.
- The word evokes other literary groups, such as the Inklings (C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, et al), as well as Fanny Burney’s 1779 playÂ TheÂ WitlingsÂ (which satirizes the literary world).
- It’s slightly absurd, rather like Monty Python, Moxy Fruvous,Â Boing BoingÂ (the blog), orÂ A Fuse #8 ProductionÂ (Betsy’s blog).
We hope you enjoy our group. The cover image/logo was created byÂ the great Megan Montague Cash and isÂ Â© 2013 The Niblings (Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, Travis Jonker, Philip Nel).