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We’re Coming to the Bowers Museum this WEEKEND!

We are so excited to be heading to Santa Ana, CA this weekend, July 23, 2016 (1:00 p.m.) for family story time in the Kidseum and  July 24, 2016 (1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.) for a special lecture at the Bowers Museum, The Power of Story in a Cyber World.

During her lecture, Carmen “…will discuss the critical role stories can, and must, play in the lives of today’s children who are bombarded with all manner of entertainment and instruction––increasingly delivered via technology. Yet, the more high-tech we become, the more our carbon-based life forms will yearn for the arts of the senses. Storytelling is what is most human about us and our children need its humanizing, empowering, connecting power now more than ever.”

These programs are generously sponsored by Danny and Anne Shih in partnership with OC Public Libraries.

The lecture will be taking place in the Norma Kershaw Auditorium, with a book signing to follow. You can buy tickets for the lecture HERE.

Storytelling on Saturday is free with your admission to the museum. Bring your OC Public Library, Whittier, Cerritos or Santa Ana Library card all weekend (July 23 and 24) and receive half off Kidseum admission!

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Ask Carmen with Wiselike!

Carmen is now on Wiselike! This is a great tool where you can leave questions for Carmen to answer about writing, books, storytelling and anything else you can think of! Once you leave a question for Carmen, she will get it answered for you within a few days. You can also view all previously answered questions.

Teachers, this is a great way to connect your students with Carmen prior to (or after) her visit with you.

You can go straight to Carmen’s page HERE.

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We Had a BUSY Summer! Thank You!

We’ve had an incredible and amazing summer so far! Carmen has been all over the country, but a few highlights have been spending time at the Michigan Reading Association Conference, Columbia University’s Teachers College, and the International Baccalaureate Conference of the Americas. Here are a few photos and tweets from some of the participants. Thank you all! Carmen has loved spending time with you.

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Get Georgia Reading!

BlogCarmenFunA few weeks ago, we had the privilege of helping kick off the Get Georgia Reading campaign. It is a wonderful project whose goal is to get all Georgia children proficient in reading by the 3rd grade, as well as to help them learn to love books and stories.

So often this comes down to finding the right book for you! As some of you may know, for Carmen, that book was Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. What book made you fall in love with reading?

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

One of the BEST things about this job is kids. Kids are AMAZING! After many of our visits, teachers and kids send us artwork and letters letting us know how we did. If you’re on the fence about hosting an author visit, check out the feedback below from some of the kids at Blanchard Elementary in Columbus, GA.

While we don’t have room to post all of our letters, Kids, please know that Carmen reads EVERY SINGLE ONE. They really do make her day, so keep them coming! We will continue to post kid letters as we get them!

"We all loved your story and we no theres more you know theres more so come tell the rest..."

“We all loved your story and we no theres more you know theres more so come tell the rest…”

"Thank you for making me laugh till I cry. I almost had a heart attack! Please pay for my medical bill."

“Thank you for making me laugh till I cry. I almost had a heart attack! Please pay for my medical bill.”

"I like it so much I think I like it better than goosebumps."

“I like it so much I think I like it better than goosebumps.”

What a performance looks like! Artwork by Rice

What a performance looks like!
Artwork by Rice

Corky and Dill play Sea Hunt. Artwork by Preston

Corky and Dill play Sea Hunt.
Artwork by Preston

"I loved the voses you made they are cool voses very cool! ...can you come hear agin plese plese plese plese come hear again!"

“I loved the voses you made they are cool voses very cool! …can you come hear agin plese plese plese plese come hear again!”

"Best Author Ever!" Artwork by Scott

“Best Author Ever!” Artwork by Scott

Dill, Corky and Scary Baby Artwork by Chloe

Dill, Corky and Scary Baby
Artwork by Chloe

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach Artwork by Gracyn

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach
Artwork by Gracyn

"...Martina the beautiful cockroach was werid and funny..."

“…Martina the beautiful cockroach was werid and funny…”

"...that is just the funeyest thing I have ever herd."

“…that is just the funeyest thing I have ever herd.”

"You made the whole school laugh there braind out..."

“You made the whole school laugh there brains out…”