|We are back from the National Council Teachers of English (NCTE) convention in St. Louis. It was a very good experience for us. We spoke to lots of teachers—and we met a few old Stone Soup friends and made quite a number of new ones. We came away from the convention with fresh ideas that we will be working on and sharing with you over the next few months.|
To begin with, my colleague Jane Levi went around to other publishers who were exhibiting asking for books for Stone Soup readers to review. As you can see from the photograph of my daughter, Stella, holding a stack of them, they were more than happy to oblige. I asked for reviewers last week and quite a few of you wrote saying you are interested—thank you—but just look at that pile of books! We have mysteries, historical fiction, graphic novels...all kinds of fantastic books that are just waiting for a Stone Soup reader to get their teeth into them and then tell us in their own words what they think.
Quite a few of the books are pre-publication, which means that no-one can buy them yet, and we can't even publish your review until the books go into stores in the first few months of 2018. If you want to review brand new books, or a copy of an old favourite that's been signed by the author (a few of them have), then write to us and let us know. If you have a special interest (like graphic novels, history, nature, sci-fi) please tell us about that, and also give us your address so we know where to mail the books to.