Carnival of Children’s Literature March 2015 Roundup

Welcome to the March 2015 Carnival of Children’s Literature Roundup:

Picture Books

Lisa at Shelf-employed shares Picture Book Roundup – new or coming soon!, a slideshow with brief reviews of notable new or upcoming picture books.

At KidLitCelebratesWomen’sHistoryMonth is an inspiring essay by author Katheryn Russell-Brown, on her new picture book biography, Little Melba and her Big Trombone. Perfect for Women’s History Month!

Chapter Books

On ChapterBookChat, Marty says Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat is a quiet, thoughtful book with a sweet protagonist, a microscopic view of the natural world, and an elegant story structure that circles back to, of all things, wildlife stuck in a mall food court. With illustrations that are equally soft and evocative, this excellent chapter book calls to girls, future scientists and those who love good fiction.

Middle Grade Books

Katie shares a soon-to-published novel imported from the UK at StoryTimeSecrets. Perfect for middle school, Murder is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens is not just a great murder mystery, but also a philosophical meditation on friendship and an exploration of British boarding school life in the 1930s.

At WrappedinFoil Roberta has art lessons for Spring Into Art With Modern Art Adventures, a book that features art history, examples of artwork of famous artists to study, plus 36 fresh and imaginative hands-on projects to take learning to another level.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Kate at Author of featured a non-fiction title about some seriously smart, capable, amazing women. Anna M. Lewis’ Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers that spotlights 22 women who were pioneers in their chosen, male-dominated fields. Spanning from the 1800s to current times, these stories explore the childhood passions, perseverance, and creativity that carried these remarkable women through daunting challenges all the way to the top of their professions.

Laurisa reviews Sharon Lovejoy’s book Running Out of Night, a fantastic historical novel set in the years just prior to the Civil War at LaurisaWhiteReyes.

Young Adult Books

Gail has her response to the final book in the Montmaray Journals trilogy, a great series for a binge read at More Royal Binge Reading Material on OriginalContent.

Literacy

Carmela shares a Two-for-the-Price-of-One Interview with Dr. Steven L. Layne written by her co-blogger, Esther Hershenhorn, interviews author and literacy advocate Steven Layne on his newest book, In Defense of Read-Aloud at TeachingAuthors. Readers can enter to win a signed copy of the book.

At Booktalking, Anastasia highlights The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations: Holiday Poems for the Whole Year in English and Spanish, 156 poems in English and Spanish ideal for preK – grade 6 compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. It’s just in time for Poetry Month, which starts next week!

And that wraps out our March 2015 Carnival of Children’s Literature Roundup. We look forward to seeing what you read in April in our next Carnival of Children’s Literature. (Use the Carnival Submission Form to share your April kidlit post by Friday April 24, 2015. Thanks!)

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March 2015 Carnival of Children’s Literature Call for Posts

It’s almost the end of March, so let’s see what you have been reading! Use the Carnival Submission Form to share your March kidlit post by Friday March 27, 2015. Thanks!

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager Site Meter

Carnival of Children’s Literature February 2015 Roundup

Hip hip hooray! Our Carnival of Children’s Literature blog carnival is back on a blog! Here is the February 2015 Kidlitosphere Roundup:

Picture Books

With Read, Read, Read, said the Baby: Whatever the Weather by Carol Thompson, Jennifer at Jean Little Library discovers a fun new board book series, perfect for reading with the little ones. Best of all, it features a diverse cast of toddlers!

See great cityscapes in Little Bird Takes a Bath with Jeff at NCTeacherStuff. Little Bird has to work hard to find the perfect place to take a bath.

With Spring Picture Books, at Wrapped in Foil, Roberta is sharing two new nonfiction picture books about spring weather by poet by Charles Ghigna.

Kate writes about Sally Walker on Her Huggable Non-Fiction Winnie: The True Story at Author of. Sally Walker’s latest non-fiction effort is the utterly charming “Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.” With the feel of an instant classic, it’s a picture book readers will return to again and again. Historical photographs on the endpapers complement the gorgeous illustrations by Jonathan Voss.

At GeoLibrarian, Heidi has Two great picture books about rain! With spring hopefully just around the corner, rain becomes a topic covered in school. These two books about rain are perfect for sharing with a class or individual child.

Kristi shares Scowl, a hilarious story about a grumpy owl that teaches how to forgive at Kristi’s Book Nook.

At A is for Aging, B is for Books, Lindsey asks Can We Talk About Ageism in Picture Books?. In discussions of diversity in books for kids racism and sexism are being addressed in amazing ways. But ageism? Not so much. Yet stereotypes of age abound even in picture books.

Chapter Books

Marty at Chapter Book Chat says that Ellray Jakes is Not a Chicken! is an honest, unfiltered portrayal of what a kid’s life is really like, and a good example of why parents can’t solve everything. The African-American Ellray is one very funny protagonist. Excellent illustrations accompany this chapter book.

Ten-year-old Celie gets a journal and a punching bag for her birthday in Friendship Over (The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine) at Booktalking with Anastasia.

Middle Grade Books

At Randomly Reading, Alex brings us the 2014 MG Fiction Cybils Winner: Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford.

Sam Brattle, 11, will be headed to juvie soon if he keeps up his life of minor crime. But maybe falling out of a neighbor’s tree on Christmas Day is just the thing to change his life. This is a book that not only entertains but shows us the feel good benefits of helping others.

Katie at Story Time Secrets says Moonpenny Island by Tricia Springstubb is a beautifully written book deserving of much praise. “I have already claimed it as my Newbery pick for 2016!”

At Proseandkahn, Brenda shares Tombquest Book 1: Book of the Dead, Scholastic’s newest multiplatform series written by Michael Northrop. Ancient Egypt literally comes to life at the Met. Perfect for fans of action, other multiplatform books, budding Egyptologists and Percy Jackson.

Illustration Inspiration

Discover Ten Ways to Cultivate a Family Art Habit with Melissa at Here in the BonnyGlen in this post about how to facilitate a sketching and painting practice for the whole family that includes links to our favorite kids’ how-to-draw books.

The month of March begins tomorrow! We look forward to seeing what you read in March in our next Carnival of Children’s Literature. (Use the Carnival Submission Form to share your March kidlit post by Friday March 27, 2015. Thanks!)

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Carnival of Children’s Literature Reboot

Our Carnival of Children’s Literature was shared on Debbie Marrie’s Queen Bee’s Book Buzz today (Thanks, Debbie!) and I saw Joel Friedlander’s Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies there, too. Joel is a book designer, so their carnival was very well organized. It had a a special page just for collecting blog carnival submissions. (So clever, Joel!)

Work has been very busy and I have not been able to keep up with the weekly schedule that I started last year (and my word for 2015 is realistic!) so I am going to go back to our monthly blog carnival system of collecting links to share at the end of the month. We’ll reboot the carnival using Joel’s clever idea and collect the links on a permanent page with a Carnival Submission Form.

Please submit your February Carnival of Children’s Literature blog post links by Friday, February 27th. Thanks!

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager Site Meter

February 2015 Carnival of Children’s Literature

It’s February, the sweetest month. Share a link to the #kidlit book blog posts you enjoyed most on our 2015 Carnival of Children’s Literature Pinterest group board at the end of each week (that’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

If you are new, please use the contact form on our About page so I can invite you to join us. (FYI: The invitation will only work if you are following our 2015 Carnival of Children’s Literature Group Board.)

We look forward to seeing what you’re reading…so we can read it too!

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager Site Meter

Goodbye 2014! Hello 2015!

The old year is ending and a new one is beginning–and so we will do the same. Our 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature Pinterest group board will close as we open our NEW 2015 Carnival of Children’s Literature Pinterest group board. (Yes, it is completely blank, a fresh slate waiting for the new books you will read and recommend in the coming year.)

Please add your final December pins to the 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature Pinterest group board this weekend. (We shared 200 #kidlit pins this year!) Then move right over to our NEW 2015 Carnival of Children’s Literature Pinterest group board and start pinning 2015!

Q. How can I join the 2015 Pinterest group board?
A. If you were on our 2014 Pinterest board, simply follow the new 2015 board and I will invite you to join.

If you are new to our Pinterest group board, please use the contact form on our About page so I can invite you to join us. The invitation will only work if you are already following our 2015 Carnival of Children’s Literature Group Board. (FYI: The “follow” shows up right away but it takes a few hours before the system will let me invite you.)

Please add a link to your new #kidlit book blog posts at the end of each week (that’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

We look forward to seeing what you’re reading…so we can read it too! Happy New Year!

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager Site Meter

December 2014 Carnival Links

Calling all #kidlit book bloggers!
What was your favorite #kidlit book blog post?

Share a link to your favorite December 2014 #kidlit blog post in the comments of this Carnival of Children’s Literature blog post or pin it to our Carnival of Children’s Literature Pinterest group board.

Add your favorite #kidlit book blog post each weekend or at the end of the month. We look forward to seeing what you’re reading…so we can read it too!

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager Site Meter

November 2014 Carnival Links

Calling all #kidlit book bloggers!
What was your favorite #kidlit book blog post?

Share a link to your favorite November 2014 #kidlit blog post in the comments of this Carnival of Children’s Literature blog post or pin it to our Carnival of Children’s Literature Pinterest group board.

Add your favorite #kidlit book blog post each weekend or at the end of the month. We look forward to seeing what you’re reading…so we can read it too!

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager Site Meter

October 2014 Carnival Links

Calling all #kidlit book bloggers!
What was your favorite #kidlit book blog post?

Share a link to your favorite October 2014 #kidlit blog post in the comments of this Carnival of Children’s Literature blog post or pin it to our Carnival of Children’s Literature Pinterest group board.

Add your favorite #kidlit book blog post each weekend or at the end of the month. We look forward to seeing what you’re reading…so we can read it too!

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager Site Meter

Carnival of Children’s Literature (Weekend Edition) now on Facebook

Come one, come all to the carnival on this long holiday weekend. The Carnival of Children’s Literature (Weekend Edition) is now on Facebook! Add a link to your favorite #kidlit book blog post from the past week.

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager Site Meter