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Women are FUNNY Y’all!

I am so excited to announce that Funny Girl, edited by Betsy Bird, is OUT NOW! Carmen is one of 25 female writers for children who contributed stories to the anthology. The book has already received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, who said Carmen’s story about her mother setting the bathtub on fire is “One of the standouts…” along with stories from other amazing authors like Libba Bray and Cece Bell.

As one fourth grader said after hearing Carmen tell,”Ms. Deedy made us laugh so hard, Casey’s retainer fell out!” And don’t we all want to laugh like that?

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Contributing authors are: Cece Bell, Sophie Blackall, Libba Bray, Lisa Brown, Adrianne Chalepah, Alison DeCamp, Carmen Agra Deedy, Kelly DiPucchio, Lisa Graff, Shannon Hale, Charise Meriele Harper, Jenni Holm, Akilah Hughes, Amy Ignatow, Christine Mari Inzer, Meghan McCarthy, Mitali Perkins, Leila Sales, Raina Telgemeier, Deborah Underwood, Ursula Vernon, Rita Williams-Garcia, Delaney Yeager

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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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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.