True to its mission of promoting children’s authors, as well as literature and literacy, the Kerlan Children’s Literature Research Collections, which is housed in a library on the University of Minnesota’s main campus in Minneapolis, has launched #OperationReadAloud. The project consists of videos, primarily of authors and illustrators reading from their own work, but also celebrities…

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The Collaborative Summer Library Program is an organization that promotes reading and library use nationwide. Public libraries in the U.S. use each year’s theme (and related support materials) to promote summer reading. THIS YEAR’S THEME: Imagine Your Story THIS YEAR’S SUMMER READING CHAMPION: Carmen Agra Deedy Past Summer Reading Champion’s include Brian Pinkney, David Macaulay, Steven Kellogg, Brian Lies, and Sophie…

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The Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents voted Oct. 21 to appoint Carmen Agra Deedy and Brandon Neal to the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board in 2020. They will join 17 community and business leaders dedicated to building the Libraries’ collections, increasing digital initiatives, advancing education, creating high-quality exhibitions and programs and securing a financial legacy. “I…

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One of the best parts of this job is spending time with students and teachers. They really go above and beyond to make us feel welcome and show love for reading and Carmen’s books. Just look at this fabulous artwork!

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The Georgia Children’s Book Awards and Conference on Children’s Literature announced it’s nominees for the 2018-2019 Georgia Children’s Book Award, and The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! made the cut! We are incredibly excited to be recognized in our home state of Georgia and to be nominated along with so many other lovely titles.…

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My editor just sent this fabulous photo from the Scholastic booth at ALA Midwinter. Be sure to stop by and give them a loud KEE-KEE-REE-KEE in booth 905!

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This post from the Cheshire Public Library in Cheshire, CT was too great not to share! Be sure to check out their Instagram for more great book recommendations and bookfaces. Do you have any bookfaces to share with us as well? View this post on Instagram Our Assistant Director is the queen of cat bookfaces,…

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We are so pleased to announce that Carmen will be doing the evening keynote on Friday, February 16 at 7 p.m. at the Write to Learn Conference. The Write to Learn Conference is an amazing annual professional development opportunity for Language Arts teachers from Kindergarten all the way through college level. From incredible keynotes, to…

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We are excited to announce that The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! is a Golden Kite Honor Book for Picture Book Text. “Instituted in 1973, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. More than 1,000 books are entered each year. The Golden Kite Awards recognize…

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A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out yesterday to see Carmen and John perform and support our local libraries. It is really special to be able to do something we love for a cause that means the world to us.  If you would like to learn more about the Friends of the Gwinnett…

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2017 was a pretty wonderful year, with the release of The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! There is nothing quite as wonderful as working on a book and then being able to send it out into the world. Carmen is working on several new projects that we will tell you about throughout the year,…

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All I can say is WOW. What an honor to be surrounded by so many other wonderful books like Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin (Best Adventure) and Lines by Suzy Lee (Best on Creativity) on The Huffington Post’s Best Books of 2017 List! The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! made the list…

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Visiting and recording at Smithsonian Libraries. Here with Kim Alexander, Lilla Vekerdy (Library Goddess at the Dibner Library — one of 21 Smithsonian Libraries), and Katherine Neville. In The Vault at the Cullman Library—Dr. Livingston’s rifle, Sir Richard Burton’s (explorer, not actor’s) etchings. Also, Isaac Newton’s “garden notes,” on a slip of folded paper at…

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