Children's Literacy Round-Up: June 5
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Wednesday Afternoon Visits: June 6

I'm going to be away this weekend, and I probably won't have time for my Sunday visits post, so I thought that I would share a few tidbits with you today.

  • Robin Brande floated the idea of a Fantasy Potluck meal for the Kidlitosphere, and it seems like it's turning into a real possibility. How cool is that? Be sure to check out the many food-related comments.
  • Tricia from The Miss Rumphius Effect is back from her China trip, and has put up tons of great posts about the last few days of the trip. Welcome back, Tricia!
  • Fuse #8 has appointed Hot Man of Children's Literature #39 -- Kenneth Oppel of Airborn and Skybreaker fame. He is also, apparently, the first Canadian appointee.
  • has a nice post by Staci B. Elliot about the jobs of re-engaging in children's literature as an adult. Here are Staci's current hypotheses: "1) Librarians grow out of children who had regular access to quality literature. 2) Children who are encouraged to read quality literature for fun on a frequent basis become educated adults who continue to read and educate themselves. 3) Children who are able to identify with characters in books that encourage personal growth and greater compassion grow up to be more compassionate and capable adults."
  • Shrinking Violet Promotions announced the winner of their National Independent Booksellers Month contest. I didn't win, but I did contribute a top reason for shopping at independent bookstores. Congratulations to Charlotte for her win of a $25 Booksense gift certificate.
  • Mary Lee and Franki divulge the secret of how they generated the cool newspaper clipping that they used to announce the upcoming Carnival of Children's Literature.
  • Just in time for summer, Susan has compiled a list of bird books for children at Chicken Spaghetti.
  • Book Buds is having a contest. Anne is giving away copies of Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars. The winners will be selected among the most playful definitions of heavenly bodied. Click through for examples and details. The deadline is June 15th.
  • Check out the coolest sheets ever, as discovered by MotherReader.
  • Sherry shares the recommended summer reading lists that she's prepared for her two daughters at Semicolon.

Have a great time with the Second Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge, everyone!