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Sunday Afternoon Visits: June 3

I wasn't able to keep up with the blogs as well as I would have liked this week, because I was traveling. This was unfortunate, because it seems like there was a lot going on. But I did get five book reviews written today (some I posted, some I'm saving for later in the week). Which makes me feel much more caught up. And here are a few things I noticed from a quick trip around the blogs tonight:

  • The big news of the week is that A Fuse #8 Production is moving to School Library Journal. Congratulations, Betsy! It couldn't happen to anyone more deserving. They are going to expect her to post at least three times a week, but I think she's up for the challenge. And if you want to get a flavor for what Ms. Fuse's writing is like, check out this list of The Best Children's Novels You've Never Read (forgotten classics).
  • The next biggest news of the week is that the Readergirlz have a new June issue up. This month they'll be discussing Dragon's Keep, by Janet Lee Carey, a fantasy about a princess who has a dragon's talon in place of her ring finger. The issue includes a "while you read" playlist, a shout-out to gutsy girl Chin-Chin Gutierrez (Vice Chair of Mother Earth Foundation), a Readergirlz community challenge to go eco-friendly, other recommended reads, book discussion questions, and a book celebration guide. Be sure to check it out. See also photos of the Dragon's Keep Book Launch party.
  • The Readergirlz blog shares the ALA's Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teen Reading, just in time for summer, with thanks to Little Willow.
  • A Year of Reading has a very clever announcement of the June Carnival of Children's literature, which Mary Lee and Franki will be hosting. You have to click through to see it. The carnival is scheduled for June 23rd, with a theme of Good News.
  • David Elzey revisits Pippi Longstocking, in detail, at The Excelsior File, noting: "Lindgren -- in a fashion that must be a genre unto itself by now -- originally wrote these tales for her own children. Writing to please children may seem obvious but many who try tend to fail because they impose their adult logic and adult world onto the proceedings." Kit*Lit(erary) also discusses Pippi, saying "I'd forgotten that Pippi is-- in addition to being a wonderfully funny liar, the strongest person in the world, and a delightful red-haired orphan living all on her own in a funny abandoned house in small-town Sweden-- also the greatest fear of every overprotective neurotic GenX parent in the world."
  • A Readable Feast has their Top 10 Recommended Summer Reading Lists.
  • Colleen Mondor, while writing about various book-related topics, reflects on how useful it would to get the word out to more parents about the rich resource that is the Kidlitosphere. I think that's a great idea!
  • The Scholar's Blog Book Discussion Group is starting their next book this week: Philip Pullman's The Ruby and the Smoke. Thanks also to Michele for nominating me for a Thinking Blogger Award.
  • MsMac interviews two young Nancy Drew fans at Check It Out, concluding "Both girls heartily recommend the Nancy Drew series, especially for anyone who loves mysteries."
  • OK, we're all tired of the blogger vs. print reviewer controversy, but for the last word, check out this week's Toon Thursday at Finding Wonderland.
  • I learned from Kids Lit that To the Best of Our Knowledge, a Wisconsin Public Radio program, did a program today discussing children's books. I'm going to copy Tasha in quoting you the intro, because it's so great: "One of the worst things about growing up is you get kicked out of the children's section of the library. I mean, you learn to read and life is one long happy string of books, from Peter Pan to Winnie the Pooh to Harriett the Spy, but then you reach a certain age and you're supposed to graduate and spend the rest of your life reading grown-up books. Well, have no fear. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, it's children's books, for us." Even if you don't live in Wisconsin, you can download the program here.
  • I don't usually link to book reviews in my visits posts, but Jules over at 7-Imp reviewed a book that I simply have to read: The Wicked Big Toddlah, by Kevin Hawkes. You have to be from New England (or have spent time in New England) to understand. Speaking of 7-Imp, if you're not participating in Jules and Eisha's 7 Kicks Before Monday, well, what are you waiting for? So much fun! This week's is lucky #13.
  • Don't forget. MotherReader's 48 Hour Book Challenge starts on Friday. Still not sure how much I'll be able to participate - my trip go extended, and I won't even be on a plane on Friday anymore. But I'll see what I can do. There are some enticing prizes...
  • Becky addresses the Lectitans question of the week at Becky's Book Reviews, about whether or not children's and young adult books shape reader's views on gender roles. She discusses the characters that most influenced her: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Anne Shirley. Here's more about the original question, from Lectitans: "I'm looking here for titles, trends, and examples of literature where girls get to choose who they are going to be, or that explore when and why they don't get to choose who they are going to be. We have resources like Jen Robinson's 200 Cool Girls of Children's Literature and readergirlz. What else is out there? What has shaped the women we are now, and what will shape the girls of the future?" Chime in if you have anything to say about this.
  • Alyssa is having her first official book contest at The Shady Glade. To enter, you just have to send her an email with the answer to this question: "What is your favorite type of book to read during the summer?" Simple enough - well worth entering. Entries are due by June 30th.

And that's it for this week. Happy June!