Books in Bloom Year in Review: 2015

It has been quite the year for our little blog! We introduced two new bloggers to the team. You can read about Lisa, Leslie, and the rest of us on the About page. We also started a new series in which we invited authors and illustrators to contribute to our blog. This has been a lot of fun for us. Not only do we get to read some fascinating stories from some of our favorite authors, but we also get to give away great books to our readers! In case you missed any in this series, here are all the author guest posts so far:

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Moira Fowley-Doyle started off the series with an exploration of magical realism and how she used elements of this genre in The Accident Season.

Matt Tavares shared a heartwarming story about the effect that one of his books had on a young reader while also highlighting the importance of librarians.

Catherine Friend wrote a funny story about life on a farm and the way that that eventually worked its way into her work as a children’s book writer.

Herve Tullet was our most recent contributor with a post about sharing art with children to encourage them to think creatively and take risks.

We already have some really exciting authors/illustrators lined up to contribute posts in 2016, and we hope you’ll keep reading (and entering our giveaways!).

Maze_RunnerThe most popular post (by far) will probably not surprise you. Our review of the Maze Runner series got a lot of hits this year despite having been written back in 2011. We’re guessing the movie release drove some of that interest. 😉

Another popular post from this year was Art & Critical Thinking in the Classroom, which highlighted some key points from an Edweb webinar and shared the Sydney & Simon books. It seems this has been a great year for the arts—a very exciting development!

Tracey’s annual lists of favorites are always popular posts every year, and this year was no exception. If you missed them, you might want to check out her favorite picture books, nonfiction, and fiction. You may also be interested to note that Tracey also blogs on the MackinVia Connext forum. She would love for you to follow her posts there too!

In 2015, we featured over 300 books on this blog (you can see the whole list here), and we plan to keep the book recommendations and bibliographies coming in the new year. What would you like to see on Books in Bloom in 2016? We’d love to hear from our readers! Comment here or tweet us @MackinBooks.