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Tag Archives | Nancy Carlson

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Peace

Peace is elu­sive. It is a goal of some peo­ple at some time in some parts of the world. As John Lennon wrote: “Imag­ine no pos­ses­sions / I won­der if you can / No need for greed or hunger / A broth­er­hood of man / Imag­ine all the peo­ple shar­ing all the world …” Is peace pos­si­ble?… more
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Free, Playful, and Courageous

Call me crazy, but my fam­i­ly knows very well that trav­el­ing to a new city means vis­it­ing one site in par­tic­u­lar: the library. It’s best if we have time to go inside. I like to see the walls, the sig­nage, the spe­cial rooms. I look to see how the books are arranged, not only Dewey or Library of Con­gress, but where the teen books are shelved and how the chil­dren’s area is set up and if there are sep­a­rate sec­tions for west­erns and sci­ence fic­tion or if they’re inter­shelved with the rest of the fic­tion.… more
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Approaching the last day of kindergarten …

Kinder­garten. It’s not pecu­liar to the USA, but the States took up the move­ment toward ear­ly child­hood edu­ca­tion after Friedrich Froebel intro­duced the con­cept in Bad Blanken­burg, Ger­many, on June 28, 1840. “Chil­dren are like tiny flow­ers; they are var­ied and need care, but each is beau­ti­ful alone and glo­ri­ous when seen in the com­mu­ni­ty of peers,” Froebel believed.… more
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Our bookmarks are in …

Mem­bers have writ­ten to tell us about the books they cur­rent­ly have book­marked … From Nan­cy Carl­son: I am read­ing The Hunger Games (Scholas­tic Press, 2008). Very good! From Sarah Lam­stein: I just fin­ished Jean­nine’s Atkins’ Bor­rowed Names (Holt, 2010), a bril­liant book of poet­ry about Lau­ra Ingalls Wilder, Madame C.J. Walk­er, Marie Curie, and their accom­plished daugh­ters.… more
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Monday Morning Roundup

Bar­bara O’Con­nor’s book How to Steal a Dog is a real chil­dren’s favorite. This book about a home­less girl’s plan to save her fam­i­ly by steal­ing a dog has, to date, been nom­i­nat­ed in twen­ty-one states for a chil­dren’s choice award. We’ve recent­ly learned that the book is a win­ner in three states, receiv­ing the William Allen White Chil­dren’s Book Award in Kansas, the Prairie Pasque Award in South Dako­ta, and the South Car­oli­na Chil­dren’s Book Award.… more
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