Sunday, April 28, 2013

Carnival of Children's Literature

Each month, thanks to the fabulous Anastasia Suen, a carnival is hosted at various blogs. One of the best is her "Carnival of Children's Literature."  This month, we get to host!  Below, you will find the amazing submitted posts by kidlit bloggers. Lucky you!  You now have a bouquet of fabulous books and blogs to explore!

Book Projects 

  • The Book Chook -  Susan writes about activities for Children's Book Week. "Children's Book Week is such a great time to involve kids in literature, literacy and learning. Here's a round-up of ideas and projects for children, librarians and parents. Let's celebrate!"

Early Literacy

  • Darshana at Flowering Minds – Reviewing the book Heart of the Tiger by Marsha Diane Arnold, Darshana describes the "tale of a small cat who proves that he can be something more than what he appears, earning the name Bangali Sher Ka Dil – Heart of the Tiger. The authentic text and vibrant illustrations transport the reader in time to the jungles of colonial India." Darshana's review also includes activity guides and suggestions.
  • What Do We Do All Day - Erica shares a post on wordless books.
  • Jen Robinson's Book Page – Jen's post highlights 8 picture books that her three year old daughter has been enjoying recently.
  • Kid Book Ratings – Erik created an annual award for self-published children's authors He's hoping at least one person visiting this carnival will see this post and tell a friend about the opportunity!

  • Fiction

  • Stacking Books - Reshama shares a review of, "A classic story timeless and true. We loved reading The Story of Ferdinand the bull for so many reasons! A sweet story about a bull who is different from all others. A celebration on being a non-conformist!"
  • Storied Cities - Erica writes about the Mambo King!
  • Instantly Interruptible – Julie discusses Jesse Andrews's YA novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
  • Shelf-employed – Lisa posts a book trailer for Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace, a new middle-grade novel by Nan Marino
  • Little Cottage in the Northwoods – Elizabeth shares a story about, Mrs. Murphy who, "makes the best cookies in town. Her secret ingredient is kids. One brave girl is going to rescue her little sister and end up with a sweet surprise."
  • Read, Write, Repeat– Pat posts a kid review.
  • Original Content - Gail writes about "the importance of 'world building' in all works of fiction, not just science fiction or fantasy."
  • Yellow Book Reads – Maeve writes about the book Vampirates by Justin Somper.  "Yo ho ho and a bottle of blood!"
  • Sylvan Dell Publishing – Heather writes about the book Nature Recycles, How About You?

  • Non-Fiction

  • NC Teacher Stuff – Jeff features Barbara Reid's unique Plasticine artwork in Picture a Tree. He says, "It will make readers think of trees in many different ways."
  • Great Kid Books – Mary Ann's  students were thrilled to spend time with Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, author of Bad News for Outlaws.
  • Write4Kids – Jon shares his thoughts on the events in Boston and our roles as children's writers.

  • Poetry

  • Picture Books and Pirouettes - This month, Kerry celebrates National Poetry month by posting about her friend, Justine Rowden's Paint me A Poem.
  • Speak Well Read Well -  Jeanette writes about her students who, "had fun with poetry in the speech room. A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: a forest of poems, by Deborah Ruddell"
  • Randomly Reading - Alex writes about Wee Rhymes, "a collection of short poems especiallly for babies and toddlers. Most of them are written by Jane Yolen but some are classic Mother Goose.

  • Prosendkahn – Brenda celebrates National Poetry Month by sharing Forest Has a Song, "a lovely collection of poems reflecting a young girl's relationship with a nearby forest through the seasons."
  • TeachingAuthors – Carmela shares an original poem by her co-blogger, April Halprin Wayland, honoring their 4th blogiversary.
  • The Cath in the Hat – Catherine reviews Pug and Other Animal Poems by Valerie Worth.
  • Brimful Curiosities - Janelle celebrates National Poetry Month by reviewing Fold Me a Poem by Kristine O'Connell George, "a book that captures the poetic magic of origami and the power of imagination." The post includes instructions on how to fold your own "Baby Chick in Egg" origami
  • Interviews & Guest Posts

    • Playing by the book – This month Zoe shares an interview with Tim Hopgood, "a wonderful UK illustrator who was named as winner of the Best Emerging Illustrator Award at the Booktrust Early Years Awards. He’s also been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal four times. This interview is all about how he got where he is today - from not very auspicious beginnings!"


    • Tigertale – Jake posts about American children's illustrator and writer Wanda Gag and her interpretations of the Tales from Grimm.

    • Commonplace Grace – Sue uses her own illustration to write about, "having the courage to share your gifts with the world."

    Thank you again to Anastasia Suen for the opportunity to host this month’s carnival!
    If you haven’t gotten involved in the carnival, you can find everything you need to know over at Anastasia’s Booktalking Blog.


    1. Thanks so much for hosting this month, Juliet! It was so nice to have 2 poets host the carnival for Poetry Month!

    2. Thanks for hosting Juliet, I shall enjoy going through all the links.

    3. Thanks for hosting. I look forward to checking out the links.

    4. What an eclectic and charming mix this is! Thank you for hosting!

    5. Hey, nice site you have here! Keep up the excellent work!