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June Carnival of Literature

  • Posted on June 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Forget running away to join the carnival, I ran off to enjoy the American Library Association’s Annual conference held this year in beautiful sunny California. I was privileged to hear the 12 authors speak at the ALSC Nonfiction Blast and couldn’t wait to help out hosting this for Anastasia Suen after her hard work of organizing the Nonfiction Blast. After their talk, the authors staged a formal more serious photo,  but I preferred this one I caught when they let their guard down.

This month on the carnival we have posts from bloggers who didn’t run away but are still celebrating life in our Carnival of Children’s Literature including:


  • Jeanne at True Tales & A Cherry On Top asks “Who doesn’t love pandas? Mrs. Harkness and the Panda tells the captivating story of the American adventurer who introduced the world to Pandas.” I, too, loved this book and wrote about it during National Women’s History Month. Illustrator Melissa Sweet was autographing during ALA, but I was busy in Council so missed out on my chance to tell her how much I loved Mrs. Harkness and the Panda. Fortunately I did find Julie Cummins’ book Women Explorers to add to my must read list.
  • Tara at A Teaching Life chimes in: “I’ve reviewed two non-fiction books and one fiction title I plan to use in my classroom.” I found far more on her blog and marvel at her participation level. 
  • Jeanette at SpeakWell, ReadWell writes this month about how “A rat, a pigmy goat and a darling puppy helped my students review a new book by Sue Fliess. Take a look and see them in action!” I took my pet rat before to read to preschoolers so I loved seeing her pictures. My favorite had to be the goat reading along.
  • Lisa at Shelf Employed shares “A review of George Bellows: Painter with a Punch!” The name George Bellows rang no bells for me, but when I saw the illustrations of boxing, I recalled those paintings and reproductions I’d seen of the Ashcan School of painting. Sounds like an excellent addition to middle school biography and art collections.
  • Lisa at Shelf Employed also shares from the ALSC blog “a post to encourage communication between school and public librarians.” I need to go back and share about the success of Nashville Public Library’s collaboration with Metropolitan-Nashville Public Schools called “Limitless Libraries”.  Be sure to leave your comments.
  • Shirley at Simply Science writes about The Science of Soldiers. She says “This book presents the wide range of technology used by today’s military to aid the soldiers as they perform their jobs.” Sounds like a perfect book for our STEM Magnet Middle School Cluster. I love the integration of technology, science and the military from Shirley’s description.
  • Diane at Practically Paradise (Hey, that’s me) praised Space Exploration: An Illustrated Timeline  While at ALA, I visited the NASA booth to gather more materials for teaching my teachers and students that space exploration is alive and well at NASA. We were able to discuss the recent Chinese space craft docking at the International Space Station with a female Chinese astronaut aboard, too.


Early Literacy


  • Erik at Kid Book Ratings states “This is the first book I have reviewed in quite a while that has earned my highest rating…”  I was intrigued to read about The Donut Chef and hope you will, too. Some of my teacher colleagues recently confessed to wanting to quit teaching and open donut and cupcake shops, so I know they’ll appreciate this. 
  • Nichole at Just Children’s Books celebrates the app announcement that  “Reading Rainbow was relaunched and I was there to hear about it direct from LeVar Burton! Fun stuff!”  I’m envious. 


Book Projects


  • Carmela Martino and her co-blogger April Halprin Wayland at share a terrific interview with poet David Harrison featuring a giveaway of his book COWBOYS.
  • Anastasia at Booktalking interviews Kristy Dempsey. She shares “In this interview, author Kristy Dempsey shares the story behind her new picture book Surfer Chick. Illustrated by Henry Cole, this rhyming picture book is a fun read for the hot, hot summer!”
  • Corine at interviews Tarie Sabido “to give readers a glimpse of Filipino kidlit and ya lit.” I learned so much about Filipino bloggers and have added traveling to the  Filipino Reader Conference this August 18 to my “wishlist of places to go when I win the lottery. “