July 2015 Carnival of Children’s Literature Call for Posts

What have you been reading this month? Let us know! Share a link to your #kidlit book blog post on the Carnival of Children’s Literature!

FYI: Just a note to let you know that we are going back to the Pinterest system. Almost everyone who participates is already posting there (!) so I am streamlining the process. The new About page (copied below) explains how it will work.

Q. What is the Carnival of Children’s Literature?
A. A round-up of blog posts about children’s literature.

  • Write about children’s literature on your blog.
  • Select a post written during the current month to share.
  • Some bloggers share one post a week, while others share one post a month.
  • Pin ONE of your book posts to this year’s group board.

Q. What’s a group board?
A. A group board is a board that you, and others you invite, can all pin to.

  • Follow the 2015 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, you have until the end of the month to add your pin.

Q. How can I participate?
A. If this is your first time to add a post to our board, please email me by using the contact form below.

  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.

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.
  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. Why have a carnival?
A. A carnival allows us to get together as a community. At a carnival, we see old friends and meet new ones. I look forward to seeing you there!

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

June 2015 Carnival of Children’s Literature Roundup


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

Picture Books


Jeff Barger at NCTeacherStuff says that “If An Elephant Went to School has a great approach to nonfiction with very appealing illustrations.”


Tammy Flanders at Doucette Library adds, “Weeds Find a Way walks us through why these plants that grow in the wrong place are so good at what they do – thrive.”

The Long, Long Journey

At Booktalking #kidlit, Anastasia Suen “has been saving The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit’s Amazing Migration for June, when these amazing birds hatch in Alaska (before they fly 7,000 miles to New Zealand in October).”

Chapter Books


Amy Pertl-Clark found vintage chapter books “filled with stories and photographs of children in the USA and Europe” at Emmy’s Book of the Day.


Over at ChapterBookChat, Marty Mokler Banks says “Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe #1: Picture Day leaps off the page with zest and abundant personality. With a thoughtful yet original plot, fully developed characters and a real zinger of a surprise ending, this short-statured tome is a full-blown extravaganza for the newly independent chapter book set.”

Middle Grade


Roberta at WrappedinFoil says, “Big Top Burning chronicles the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire, which occurred during a performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barney & Bailey Circus. It is nonfiction at its finest. Readers, from middle grade and up, will not be able to put the book down.”


Catherine @ Story Snug is participating in the Classics Challenge 2015. “We absolutely loved Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Wood and couldn’t put it down!”


Brenda Kahn shares an audiobook review of Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan at Proseandkahn. “Pam Muñoz Ryan’s achingly beautiful story of four young children whose lives are linked by a unique and possibly magical instrument is enhanced in the audiobook format by the inclusion of the music that is referred to in the text.”


At The Children’s War, Alex Baugh writes, “The Sound of Life and Everything was an interesting book. It’s not often that I get to read speculative fiction that has anything to do with WWII with the exception of time travel books, so this was a welcomed addition.”



Erica at eLeMeNO-P Kids has FREE Reading Calendars for the Summer Reading For Kids Book Challenge.


Mark your calendars! STEM Friday is participating in the 2015 Summer of Learning professional development series brought to you by Share My Lesson. This free AFT webinar offers one hour of professional development credit.

Title: 10 Myths About Teaching STEM Books and How You Can Teach STEM in Your Classroom Now
Date: Thursday, July 09, 2015
Time: 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour

That wraps up our June 2015 Carnival of Children’s Literature Roundup. We look forward to seeing what you read in the hot summer month of July at our next Carnival of Children’s Literature. (Use the Carnival Submission Form to share your July kidlit post by Thursday July 30, 2015. Thanks!)

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