Carnival of Children’s Literature April 2015 Roundup

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

Picture Books

Lindsey McDivitt shares Betsy’s Day at the Game at AisforAging. “A young girl and her grandfather enjoy a baseball game together where she learns the art of keeping score from him. A fun intergenerational story, a new skill shared with readers, a summer day in the ball park, AND a healthy active grandpa! This book hits it out of the park!”

Catherine @ Story Snug features Wildlife Jack I want to fly! by Ed Kellie, Jacopo Lanza & Mark Billington. “A great story with stunning photographs which introduces young children to birds and flying.”

At Booktalking #kidlit, Anastasia participated in a blog tour for Go, Pea, Go! a book about potty training, saying “When your child is in this stage of life, a book like this can be very helpful.”

Tammy Flanders at Doucette Library adds, “On a walk home with her father, a little girl gathers ‘wild’ flowers as she goes in Sidewalk Flowers and then shares them with others.”

At Randomly Reading, Alex shares the 10 simple to follow steps for really reading a story from the book How to Read a Story by Kate Messner, illustrated by Mark Siegel.

Jeff Barger writes “Dirty Rats? would be a good mentor text for teaching opinion and point of view with nonfiction” at NC Teacher Stuff.

Chapter Books

Over at ChapterBookChat, Marty writes, “Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie is something wonderful. There’s a lot more going on than in most chapter books, and where first appearances speak to simplicity, thoughtful craft rules the end product. The real gem, though, is writer Sternberg’s spare, poetic prose. The rhythm, pace and sheer elegance of emotions are stellar.”

Middle Grade

At Shelf-employed, Lisa reviews of two new middle grade audio books – Masterminds by Gordon Korman and The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood

Katie of StoryTimeSecrets is reading 52 historical fiction novels for kids in 2015, and she says, “The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly (1928) is probably my favorite so far. It’s amazing how well it holds up over 80 years after it was first published!”

Brenda Kahn writes “Make room on your shelf for this one” at Proseandkahn. “Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is an impressive graphic novel debut. Brilliantly inked, informative (about roller derby), and relatable.”

At Charlotte’sLibrary, Charlotte reviewed The Lost Track of Time, “a pun-filled middle grade fantasy” by Paige Britt.

Iron Guy Carl concluded his reviews of the Boys vs Girls series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor at BoysRuleBoysRead!

Young Adult

FindingWonderland has a Poetry Month Roundup: Novels in Verse featuring novels in verse, in honor of National Poetry Month review posts by Tanita and Sarah over the years


At Great Kid Books, Mary Ann features Novels in Verse: my top ten + two more to read: Celebrating #NationalPoetryMonth in the library! (ages 9-12).

Laura shares NPM15 “What Are You Wearing, Jone MacCulloch?” at AuthorAmok saying “Jone wrote about her grandmother’s apron for a National Poetry Month series on poems about clothing.”

April Halprin Wayland, has Previously Published Poems–PPPs–for Poetry Month 2015! original poems from anthologies and magazines and her own novel in poems.

And that wraps up our April 2015 Carnival of Children’s Literature Roundup. We look forward to seeing what you read in May in our next Carnival of Children’s Literature. (Use the Carnival Submission Form to share your May kidlit post by Friday May 29, 2015. Thanks!)

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