My Marvelous Affliction: Confessions of a Bibliophile by Carmen Agra Deedy

Join the Smithsonian Libraries on Thursday, September 15 at 6:00pm for a lecture by award winning author and storyteller, Carmen Agra Deedy — My Marvelous Affliction: Confessions of a Bibliophile.

Award winning author Carmen Agra Deedy pays tribute to that most glorious artifact, the codex. An impenitent book lover, Deedy presents a spirited defense of book madness, a predilection she terms, “the marvelous affliction.” Join the Smithsonian Libraries as we celebrate the Art of the Book with one of America’s foremost storytellers.

Carmen Agra Deedy is best know for her beloved children’s books, which include The Library Dragon, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach and the New York Times Bestseller, 14 Cows for America.

An award-winning author and storyteller, Ms. Deedy is also an accomplished lecturer, having been a guest speaker for the TED Conference, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Libraries, among other distinguished venues. She is also the host of the fourtime Emmy-winning children’s program Love That Book!

Ms. Deedy has a new picture book, the Noisy Little Rooster (Scholastic Press), scheduled for release in February of 2017. A Young Adult novel, The Book of Unintended Consequences (Peachtree Publishers), is scheduled for release in 2018.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
6:00pm
Ring Auditorium
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
7th Street and Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC

Please click here to RSVP. For access services, please contact us at silrsvp@si.edu or 202.633.2241, preferably two weeks prior to the program.

My Marvelous Affliction: Confessions of a Bibliophile by Carmen Agra Deedy

My Marvelous Affliction: Confessions of a Bibliophile by Carmen Agra Deedy

Join the Smithsonian Libraries on Thursday, September 15 at 6:00pm for a lecture by award winning author and storyteller, Carmen Agra Deedy — My Marvelous Affliction: Confessions of a Bibliophile.

Award winning author Carmen Agra Deedy pays tribute to that most glorious artifact, the codex. An impenitent book lover, Deedy presents a spirited defense of book madness, a predilection she terms, “the marvelous affliction.” Join the Smithsonian Libraries as we celebrate the Art of the Book with one of America’s foremost storytellers.

Carmen Agra Deedy is best know for her beloved children’s books, which include The Library Dragon, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach and the New York Times Bestseller, 14 Cows for America.

An award-winning author and storyteller, Ms. Deedy is also an accomplished lecturer, having been a guest speaker for the TED Conference, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Libraries, among other distinguished venues. She is also the host of the fourtime Emmy-winning children’s program Love That Book!

Ms. Deedy has a new picture book, the Noisy Little Rooster (Scholastic Press), scheduled for release in February of 2017. A Young Adult novel, The Book of Unintended Consequences (Peachtree Publishers), is scheduled for release in 2018.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
6:00pm
Ring Auditorium
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
7th Street and Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC

Please click here to RSVP. For access services, please contact us at silrsvp@si.edu or 202.633.2241, preferably two weeks prior to the program.

My Marvelous Affliction: Confessions of a Bibliophile by Carmen Agra Deedy

Bridging the learning gap

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 2 – The summer break from school gives young learners a chance to catch their breath, but mind the learning gap, says David Bruce Smith.

Smith, who is co-founder of the Grateful American Book Prize, notes that there is plenty of research to show that “our kids can forget as much as three months’ worth of learning, unless parents take measures to keep their minds active during the summer vacation.”

The Department of Education is now referring to summertime as a potential danger zone for young learners. “That’s because many young people lose ground over the summer in terms of reading and other things learned in school. Educators call this summer learning loss.”

The fact is that education researchers have found that “over the summer months, some students experience a slide in learning that can contribute to gaps in achievement, employment, college, and career success. This is particularly true for low-income students who lose access to critical supports that keep them safe, healthy, and engaged during the school year.”

And, they say, students who fall into the learning gap rarely catch up with their reading skills when they return to school in the fall.

Smith says his Grateful American Book Prize was created to offer “a particularly important way to keep kids engaged in reading and, at the same time, in learning the history of our country. History is critical to the development of a well-rounded education, but the emphasis on so-called math-based practical subjects in schools these days has obscured the importance of history classwork, particularly among middle and high schoolers. The ‘tween and teen years are critical in the process of learning and, while reading is fundamental, as they say, learning who we are as citizens of the United States is as important.”

The concept for the Prize is focused on motivating authors and publishers to produce more appealing works of accurately portrayed historical fiction and nonfiction that achieve two things: engage students in the love of reading, and encourage them to learn more about their heritage. Smith believes these kinds of books can capture a child’s imagination and generate curiosity about history.

“It’s a way to promote good citizenship as they grow older—and truncate– the summer learning gap,” says Smith.

He offers, what he calls a reading list designed to add value to the lazy days of summer without interfering with the need youngsters have to participate in healthy, active pursuits:

  • Esther Forbes’s JOHNNY TREMAIN
  • Jean Craighead George’s, MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN
  • Anonymous’s GO ASK ALICE
  • Mark Twain’s HUCKLEBERRY FINN
  • Kathy Cannon Wiechman’s LIKE A RIVER: A CIVIL WAR NOVEL
  • Madeleine L’Engle’s AND BOTH WERE YOUNG
  • Elie Wiesel’s NIGHT
  • Markus Zusak’s THE BOOK THIEF
  • E. Hinton’s THE OUTSIDERS
  • Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
  • D. Salinger’s THE CATCHER IN THE RYE