Poetry Friday: "Waterwings"
What I'm Reading, July 9th

Monday Morning Coffee Talk, July 9th

Several blog carnivals are on the horizon: Children's Literature, at Saints and Spinners (deadline for submissions, July 20th); Learning in the Great Outdoors, at The Miss Rumphius Effect (deadline August 3rd); and Picture Books, at Mentor Texts and More (deadline July 31st). Need a tutorial on blog carnivals? See this post from the spring. (It's very easy to participate—don't worry!)

Tingle Alley's Carrie Frye has joined the crew at About Last Night as a guest blogger, writing mostly about books. If you are interested in cultural criticism and observations, bookmark About Last Night, which is run by Terry Teachout. Terry is the Wall Street Journal's drama critic, and he knows lots about so much more, including jazz, classical music, art, and dance.

The Boston Globe looks at life after Harry Potter and reports on the National Endowment for the Arts study of teen reading. Or, non-reading. (via GalleyCat)

Librarians are hip. That's what the New York Times said yesterday. (Before I surfed over there, I predicted that the piece would turn up as the Times' most e-mailed article. Yep.)

I missed this Washington Post article back in June, but it bears highlighting: "Getting Lost in the Great Indoors: Many Adults Worry Nature Is Disappearing from Children's Lives," by Donna St. George.

Here's a site about books from Canada: Quill & Quire, the online edition of a monthly literary magazine. Toronto-based author Kenneth Oppel's Darkwing gets a starred review. (The novel, for kids aged 10 to 14, comes out in September.)

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