May 2015 Carnival of Children’s Literature Roundup


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

Picture Books

The Crown Affair

At NCTeacherStuff, Jeff Barger recommends The Crown Affair (“A mash-up of CSI and Mother Goose”) as a mentor text where “Detective Joe Dumpty scrambles to find out who stole Jack’s crown after he tumbled down the hill.”

Mr. Cornell's Dream Boxes

Lindsey McDivitt reviews Mr. Cornell’s Dream Boxes, “A picture book bio about self-taught artist Joseph Cornell who assembled highly acclaimed “shadow boxes” from found objects using a lifetime of memories” at AisforAging.


Lisa Taylor shares Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled all of France at Shelf-employed, saying “Delightfully humorous and informative illustrations, a section on the scientific method (Ooh La La … La Science!). and a list of source books and articles make Mesmerized a triple-play – science, humor, and history. Go ahead, be mesmerized!”

Pirates Don't Drive Diggers

Catherine @ Story Snug says “Pirates Don’t Drive Diggers by Alex English & Duncan Beedie is a really fun, easy to read rhyming story with a wonderful repetitive refrain.”

Feet, Go To Sleep

A ten day booktour for Barbara Bottner’s new book Feet, Go to Sleep began at Booktalking #kidlit with an interview by Anastasia Suen that asks the legendary author/artist/actor/teacher about her creative process. (Check out the entire blog tour by clicking on the updated links in the schedule.)

Chapter Books

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid

Marty Mokler Banks reviews Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid at ChapterBookChat. “Judy Moody’s younger brother, Stink, holds down his own chapter book series, and it’s all boy. As is appropriate for a younger brother, the reading level is a tad easier: bigger type, shorter book, vocabulary a bit less difficult. The short chapters and interspersed comic-book style drawings, along with Stink’s active personality, is a perfect fit for the young man just embarking on independent reading.”

Middle Grade

The Beach Book

Roberta shares The Beach Book during Beach Book Week at WrappedinFoil. “This book is bursting with suggestions for getting kids outside and playing at the beach, ranging from how to make sand mermaids, to conducting beach treasure hunts, to old favorites like skimming (skipping) stones on water. Fun!”


Iron Guy Carl from BoysRule!BoysRead! writes, “One of the purposes of my blog is to get boys to write reviews so that boys can get book recommendations from other boys. Plus it lets them see that there are boys who enjoy reading.” For the carnival he shares, Our First Review From Mighty Micah!

Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure

Ronna Mandel reviews Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure at GoodReadsWithRonna. “This graphic novel, aimed at middle graders, is ideal for reluctant and/or visual readers. In addition to being a friendship tale, LOST IN NYC introduces kids to the New York City subway system and will get them eager to learn more about public transportation, today and in the past.

The Wizard of Oz

At Randomly Reading, Alex Baugh participated in the The Wizard of Oz Blog Tour, saying “What sets this book apart from other editions are the incredible painted illustrations of the story, all reimagined by Charles Santore.”

And that wraps up our May 2015 Carnival of Children’s Literature Roundup. We look forward to seeing what you read in June in our next Carnival of Children’s Literature. (Use the Carnival Submission Form to share your June kidlit post by Friday June 26, 2015. Thanks!)

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