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

Dinnertime for Chickies (board book)

Dinnertime for Chickies
by Janee Trasler (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: Eat dinner with the Chickies in this rhyming padded board book!

Snippet:
Dinnertime, Chickies.
Let’s all eat.

Wash your wings
and take a seat.

Hear the book sung in this 2:35 Dinnertime for Chickies book trailer.

**Janee is one of my former students!**

This week’s Poetry Friday Round-up will be hosted by Check it Out.

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101 Things to Do with Baby

101 Things to Do with Baby
by Jan Ormerod (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: A little girl and her family find 101 things to do with their new baby in this gentle graphic novel-style picture book. (The sticker on the cover says: 30th Anniversary of a Picture-Book Classic.)

Snippet:

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