Carnival of Children’s Literature – September 28, 2011

Welcome to the September 28, 2011 Edition of Carnival of  Children’s literature.  Thank you for sending your wonderful contributions to Texas Librarian. This is my first time to host, and it was a challenging experience which I enjoyed! My blog focuses on research which indicates that children can comprehend and become better readers by making connections with their prior knowledge.  All of your contributions support this idea in creative and intelligent ways.

Book Projects

Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook presents Children’s Book Review, For All Creatures posted at The Book Chook, with a review of  For All Creatures  – “the great and the small, the winged and the walking, the singing and the silent – we are thankful,” a book about “a poem, a prayer, a paean of praise.”  This book would fit in nicely with a social studies unit about early America in November.

Zoe Toft presents A book loving reading session at school posted at Playing by the book, saying, “Picture books about books and making pocket libraries.” Zoe shows how kindergarten and first grade children can make pocket sized books from small match boxes and the covers of books cut from colorful book catalogs showing a creative and thoughtful way to recycle publishing catalogs.  The connections the children make with the books they have read will never be forgotten.

Kate Coombs presents Ribbit, Ribbit: A Trio of Frog Books posted at Book Aunt.  Text-to-text connections will be hopping with a frog theme.

 width=Jackie Castle presents  “brainstorming” some fun to go along with the book Cloudette by Tom Lichtenburg at The Castle Library.

Wendie Old presents Invasion of art in Scotland about how a school is using parts of old books to create art at Wendie’s Wanderings, saying, “Secret book lover leaves treasures for others to find and admire. ”

Early Literacy

Elaine Sloan presents Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan  posted at Texas Librarian . “Provide students with lots of examples to show them how you think when you read by talking about reading strategies as you read with them. When teachers are able to show students how a proficient reader is always thinking and making text-to-text and text-to-self connections to their own schema while reading, students who are not doing these types of thinking will see how good readers automatically do this and start practicing these strategies as they read.

Jake Moses presents The Monster at the End of This Book review | Best Kid iPad Apps posted at Best Kid Ipad Apps, saying, “A review of one of the best children’s books ever made, made better. The iPad version of Sesame Workshop’s The Monster at the End of This Book is simply incredible. Show “what you are thinking about while you are reading,  and students begin to understand what good readers do and can strive to share what they are thinking when they read.”


Kathy Stinson presents A Star for Starfall, the story of a clown who must  believe, be brave, and shine in order to bring the stars back to the sky at Turning the Pages: Kathy Stinson’s Blog.

Megan D. Neal presents Thick & Thin Things: Not a book about BOYS!!! Or, a case for reading aloud posted at Thick & Thin Things.

 Kerry Aradhya presents Tessa’s Tip-Tapping Toes Make Me Smile! posted at Picture Books & Pirouettes, saying, “I discovered Tessa’s Tip- Tapping Toes at the library and just had to write about it because the book was so full of life. It’s an adorable and passionate story about a mouse who loves to dance and a cat who just can’t help but sing.”

Camille presents King Jack and the Dragon posted at A Window to the World.  It tells the story of three boys -“King” Jack, Zack and Caspar – who build a castle to prepare for battle against an army of dragons.

Mary Ann Scheuer presents Evaluating Book Apps for Children: a mini-series (part 1) posted at Great Kid Books: ” What makes a Book App for children successful? It follows my presentation at KidLitCon on this topic and is the first in a mini-series.”


Read Aloud … Dad presents Fancy Nancy: Phenomenal Picture Books posted at Read Aloud Dad.


Amy Broadmoore presents Read Around the World: Highlights posted at Delightful Children’s Books, saying, “In this Read Around the World wrap-up post, I highlight the very best resources I have discovered for teaching kids about countries around the world. Here are our favorite picture books and authors as well as links to fantastic international recipes, activities, and book reviews. I hope that this post will inspire teachers and parents to read around the world with their kids.”

Amy @ Hope Is the Word presents Read Aloud Thursday: Pets, Veggies, & an Egotistical King posted at Hope Is the Word.

Jen Robinson presents Wonderstruck: Brian Selznick posted at Jen Robinson’s Book Page, saying, “This is a book that left me “wonderstruck”.”

Pat Zietlow Miller presents A GLEE-ful read: The book Id give to Brittany Pierce posted at Read, Write, Repeat., saying, “This is part of an ongoing series I’m doing recommending books to the characters on the TV show, GLEE.”

Tory Quinton presents Children’s literature is about hunger posted at Candlewycke’s Blog.

Katie presents Review: The Meaning of Life… And Other Stuff by Jimmy Gownley (ARC) posted at Secrets & Sharing Soda.


Sally Apokedak presents Young Adult Books | Sally Apokedak posted at Whispers of Dawn, saying,”Superheroes appeal to our desire for significance. When I was young, I often fantasized about doing great things and winning the admiration of the world.”

Storied Cities (Erica) presents Tourist City: Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdales posted at Storied Cities, saying, “My post is a review of a little known picture book by the author famous for her Newbery book, The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler.”

Myra from GatheringBooks presents Round up for September and Carnival of Children?s Literature posted at GatheringBooks.

Nichole presents A Balloon for Isabel review posted at Just Children’s Books.  What if the one thing you wanted most of all would be destroyed if you touched it?


Margo Tanenbaum presents Book Review: Lights on the Nile, by Donna Jo Napoli (Harper Collins, 2011) posted at The Fourth Musketeer:  “A new historical fiction title about ancient Egypt.”

Kelly Butcher presents Blogiversary Round Up! posted at The Lemme Library:  “September 14 marked my 1 Year Blogiversary. I was lucky enough to have a great line up of guest bloggers help me celebrate! This is a recap of the fabulous posts for you to enjoy!”


Jeff Barger presents Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art posted at NC Teacher Stuff, saying, “Magic Trash is the story of Detroit artist Tyree Guyton. The illustrations for this book are wonderful.”

Sandie Mourão presents Old MacDonald with a twist posted at Picturebooks in ELT, saying, “I post four times a month, and September’s posts looked at adaptations of traditional stories in picture books. It’s been a fun month, with titles for smaller and older children.”


Z-Dad presents Interview with illustrator Kelly Murphy posted at Bookie Woogie, saying, “A bunch of kids interview family favorite illustrator Kelly Murphy, review her book “Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters,” and create some Fan Art!”


Shirley Duke presents The Kingfisher SCIENCE ENCYCLOPEDIA posted at SimplyScience Blog, saying, “This comprehensive encyclopedia has the science needed for the middle school age.”

Roberta Gibson presents Wrapped in Foil · Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature posted at Wrapped in Foil, saying, “Swirl by Swirl is a new picture book that is already receiving starred reviews.”

Catherine Nichols presents The Book with a Hole posted at The Cath in the Hat.


Danette M. Schott presents If My Dog Could Talk  posted at Help! S-O-S for Parents.


Carmela Martino presents Revision! A LINGO poem! Poetry Friday! and a Play Doh exercise! posted at Teaching Authors, saying, “April Halprin Wayland shares an original LINGO poem and a great exercise in revision.”


Lisa presents Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers: The Life of Marc Chagall in Verse – a review posted at Shelf-employed, saying, “Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers pairs the art of Marc Chagall with the talent of writers, Jane Yolen and Patrick L. Lewis, for a result that is illuminating in every sense of the word.”

Anastasia Suen presents Poetry Friday: Road Work Ahead posted at Picture Book of the Day, saying, “Road Work Ahead is my new picture book, a picture book poem that was 25 years in the making (and it’s only 120 words long)!”


That concludes this edition of the Carnival of Children’s Literature. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Children’s Literature using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. (Yes, we have been around since 2006!) For an email reminder of the location of the next carnival and announcement when it is posted, subscribe to the Carnival of Children’s Literature reminder blog.




11 thoughts on “Carnival of Children’s Literature – September 28, 2011

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  2. Mary Ann

    What a great round up! I love the way you’ve organized the posts into categories – it makes it much easier to go through them and think about them! The small graphics also really draw me into a post. Thanks for all your hard work!

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