Welcome to the beach party. Surf's up, y'all! It's still summer, and let's see who's in the swim at the August Carnival of Children's Literature. But, first, an announcement from the lifeguard: next month's carnival takes place on September 21st at Jenny's Wonderland of Books. Submission details here.
Okay, so bring on the waves!
Stephanie salutes the mighty Captain in All Hail Captain Underpants at Throwing Marshmallows, and Sarah N. brings a bunch of cool Picture Books About the Beach in her tote bag, at In Need Of Chocolate.
Over there under a beach umbrella, Rebecca Reid considers Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, along with Seth Lerer's new book, Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter, at Rebecca Reads. Sonja Cole has a video camera, and screens Video Wednesday: Sara Pennypacker and Clementine at Kid Lit Kit.
Who's that setting up the picnic table? Jama Rattigan—and she's chatting with Tanita Davis about Tanita's excellent new YA novel, A La Carte. The Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast bloggers arrive with pimiento-cheese sandwiches, Moosewood takeout, and an interview of Suzy Lee, author and illustrator of Wave, a wordless picture book.
Becky is busy stocking the beach house with lots of titles from Starcross (at Becky's Book Reviews) to Oliver Finds His Way (at Young Readers), and Sherry Early presents Canada Day: Reading Through Canada at Semicolon, while Susan Gaissert reminds everyone that Little Women Live On at The Expanding Life.
Even though it's still warm out, GrrlScientist gives us a reason to look forward to December: Harry Potter's The Tales of Beedle the Bard to Be Published, at Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted).
Fiona Veitch Smith takes a break from sand-castle building to ask What makes a good children's book? at The Crafty Writer, and to mull over Children's Literature and the Quest for the Divine, at Fiona Veitch Smith. Karen Mikolainis wonders about What to bring to a "no gifts" children's birthday party? at Mommy's Favorite Children's Books.
Aahz stops by to talk about Harry Potter and the Marketing Mania Meltdown at Philaahzophy, and
Patricia Twitchell tells a story, The Adventures of Penny Pincher: Penny Pincher Helps Patricia with Her Gardening, at Just Bears and Stuff.
That was fun! If you'd like to see more pictures, I hope you'll visit Sherwood Island 365, my new blog of photos taken at a state park on the Long Island Sound. Watch out for jellyfish, though.