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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