Old Pins, New Pins

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Old Pins

If you have added pins in the past, please follow the new 2014 board so I can follow you back and invite you to pin on this board.

I figured out how to move all of the pins from January, February and March to the new 2014 board but now they all have MY name on them, so the next step is for the original pinner to “re-pin” their contributions. (I will delete my “moving” pin after each re-pin.) I want to give credit where credit is due! Thanks!

New Pins

If this is your first time to add a post to our board, please email me by using the contact form on our About page.

  1. If you are already on Pinterest, I will invite you to the board so you can add your own pin.
  2. If you are NOT on Pinterest, I will pin the blog post for you.

Please add your April pin or send in your April link by the 30th. Thanks!

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager

April 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature

What was your favorite children’s book this month? Select ONE of your April 2014 blog posts about children’s literature and add it to the carnival!

So far this year, I’ve been creating a NEW board each month, and that means starting from scratch each time. This month I am taking a new approach – and I have made a new board for the entire year! (The plan is to move all of the older pins to this new board.)

If you have added pins in the past, please follow the new 2014 board so I can follow you back and invite you to pin on this board.

If this is your first time to add a post to our board, please email me by using the contact form on our About page.

  1. If you are already on Pinterest, I will invite you to the board so you can add your own pin.
  2. If you are NOT on Pinterest, I will pin the blog post for you.

Please add your April post by the 30th. Thanks!

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager

March 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature

What was your favorite children’s book this month? Select ONE of your blog posts about children’s literature written during March 2014 and add it to the carnival!

There are 2 ways to add your post to this month’s carnival.

1. Add it yourself on Pinterest.

  • Follow the new March 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature Group Board, so I can invite you to join it.
  • FYI: The “follow” shows up right away but it takes a few hours before the system will let me invite you.
  • After you join the board for the current month, you have until the end of the month to add your pin.

2. Add your blog post information with a Google Form.

  • If you are NOT on Pinterest yet, you can use the March 2014 Google Form on the carnival blog to share your blog post.
  • A new Google Form will be in each month’s call for posts from the 25th to the end of the month (and then it will be removed).

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager

2 ways to add your post to the February 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature

There are 2 ways to add your post to this month’s carnival.

1. Add it yourself on Pinterest.

  • Follow the new February 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature Group Board , so I can invite you to join it.
  • FYI: The “follow” shows up right away but it takes a few hours before the system will let me invite you.
  • After you join the board for the current month, you have until the end of the month to add your pin.

2. Add your blog post information with a Google Form.

  • If you are NOT on Pinterest yet, you can use the February 2014 Google Form on the carnival blog to share your blog post.
  • A new Google Form will be in each month’s call for posts from the 26th to the end of the month (and then it will be removed).

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager

February 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature

How does that old saying go?

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

So here we are, getting ready for the February 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature. You may recall that last month the January 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature went live on this blog. And then, the WordPress bots shut us down. We sent out too many posts in one day! I sent an error message to WordPress as soon as I found out, but it was a Friday afternoon…

…so on Sunday I gathered all of the links and started all over again. (Sunday was 2/2. It was the Carnival of Children’s Literature Groundhog Day Edition!) I moved the January 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature to Pinterest.

And there we will stay. As you can see, the carnival blog was restored. That’s why I can send you this message. But it was clear that our once-a-month gathering of posts needed a new home. Some months we had 30-40 people share their links, and if the bot shut us down after only 7 posts, then a blog was not the best place for us.

One of my goals for 2014 was to find a way to crowdsource the carnival. I wanted everyone to be able to add their own links. Adding 30-40 links to a single blog post was a lot of work each month for our volunteers, so I thought a group blog might work. Well, it didn’t…but I had also been trying to find a way to share the carnival on Pinterest, so I decided to move the carnival there. We can move the carnival to Pinterest because they have something called a group board. Everyone who belongs to the group can add pins to the board.

Q. What will the carnival look like on Pinterest?
A. We will follow these steps (also explained on the new About page)…

I will set up a new board on the 26th of each month and make a call for pins on Twitter and this carnival blog.

  1. Follow the new board, so I can invite you to join it.
  2. To join the first time, send me your Pinterest email address.
  3. After you join the board for the current month, you have until the end of the month to add your pin.

FYI: Over the years we have had many people try to use the carnival to sell their own books. You never saw those links because they were NEVER added to the posts. Now that we have moved to a new format, I want to make it clear that this policy is still in place. We share books, we don’t sell them. “Buy my book” pins will be removed.

Netiquette Note: Our focus is the content, not the sale.

  1. It’s okay to add a link to purchase the book, but the blog post must talk about the contents of the book, not just sell it.
  2. If you are blogging about a book you have written or published, the ONE pin rule also applies. Pinning the same book month after month is not what the carnival is about.
  3. “Buy my book” pins and/or multiple pins about the same book by a single person will result in the removal of both the person and their pins.

Q. Do you need to join Pinterest to participate?
A. Yes, this blog meme has moved to a new social media format. Pinterest is easy to use, and it links back to the source, so adding a pin of the book cover in your favorite blog post each month will bring readers back to your blog. It’s a great way to share the books you love!

Today is the 26th day of February, so this month’s group board, the February 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature is now on Pinterest. I look forward to seeing you there!

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager

January 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature

Tomorrow is the big day! The Carnival of Children’s Literature goes live tomorrow for the very first time as a group blog!

You are invited to add your post to this NEW Carnival of Children’s Literature group blog!

  • Select ONE of your blog posts about children’s literature written during January 2014.
  • Copy and paste it into the group blog and send it out on the last day of the month. That’s tomorrow!
  • You can sign up to have all of the posts emailed to you!

Q. How can I add my post to the Carnival of Children’s Literature blog?
A. Email Anastasia Suen and ask to be invited to join the Carnival of Children’s Literature group blog.

Q. What happens next?
A. I will invite you to be an Author on this free WordPress.com blog. (If you do not have a free WordPress.com account you will need to sign up for one.)

After you log in, follow the posting directions on the Carnival About page.

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager

Hello 2014!

Hello 2014! This year I’d like to try something new–a group blog! We’ve had great success with this approach on Nonfiction Monday.

Add your post to the Carnival of Children’s Literature on this group blog!

  • Write about children’s literature on your blog.
  • Select ONE post written during the current month to share.
  • Use the 24 hour clock to schedule your post to be sent out on the last day of the month.
  • You can sign up to have all of the posts emailed to you!

Q. How can I add my post to the Carnival of Children’s Literature blog?
A. Email Anastasia Suen and ask to be invited to join this blog.

Q. What happens next?
A. I will invite you to be an Author on this free WordPress.com blog. (If you do not have a free WordPress.com account you will need to sign up for one.)

Q. How do I find the Carnival of Children’s Literature blog on my WordPress account?
A. Click on the My Blogs section on your dashboard.

  1. Each month that you want to share a favorite children’s literature post, you can add that post to the Carnival of Children’s Literature blog.
  2. Sign in to your WordPress account.
  3. Copy and paste the post (or an excerpt) from your own blog into this group blog.
  4. Remember to include a book cover so your post can be shared on Pinterest.
  5. Create a User Profile so all of your posts on the blog will have a bio box at the bottom. (The bio is NOT mailed with the post. It will only be visible on the blog.)
  6. Upload a small photo to your profile so your face will appear in the sidebar as one of our bloggers.
  7. Sign your name at the bottom of your post and add a link to bring readers back to your blog.
  8. Use the 24 hour clock to schedule your post to be sent out on the last day of the month.
  9. Check the times on the other posts for that day and allow 10 minutes between posting times to avoid any software glitches.
  10. You can sign up to have all of the posts emailed to you. Enjoy!

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager