Monday, October 28, 2013

October Carnival of Children's Literature Roundup

Lots of blogs are celebrating Halloween with spooky book posts. And today, as host of the October Carnival of Children's Literature roundup, I'll share some of the month's highlights. In keeping with the spirit of the month, these bloggers offer some fun tricks and plenty of treats.

This is my first time hosting Kidlitosphere's Carnival of Children's Literature, and I loved being able to check out what other bloggers are posting about in the broader conversation around kids books, early literacy, and creativity. I hope you enjoy this peek into recent topics of discussion.

Jodie over at the early literacy blog Growing Book by Book shares Halloween titles that will have you singing, chanting and dancing, including W. Nikola-Lisa's lively Shake Dem Halloween Bones.

Jeanette at SpeakWell, ReadWell features a book to set the Halloween mood: Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown. She says the book "charmed my students into creating their own eerie eatables. A few Common Core Standards crept into the mix for some lively learning."

Kerry at Picture Books & Pirouettes posted about the new rhyming picture book Halloween Hustle by debut author Charlotte Gunnufson and illustrator Kevan J. Atteberry. A great Halloween pick!

Iron Guy Carl over at Boys Rule Boys Read! may not have been trying to celebrate Halloween but we think he's in the right spirit with his review of the three Fangbone graphic novels, which he says, "Boys would really enjoy, especially the 'reluctant readers.' "

KidLitCon is for YOU

Jen at The Cybils Blog reminds bloggers to consider attending this year's KidLitCon on Nov. 8 and 9 in Austin. "The Cybils organizers are big fans of KidLitCon, an annual conference of children's book bloggers, and we posted about this year's event to help spread the word to more bloggers." Check it out for registration information and more.

Charlotte at Charlotte's Library will be attending. And she says, "I'll be leading a discussion at KidLitCon of issues and questions and concerns shared by Middle Grade Bloggers, and I've put together a list of what some of these topics might be, hoping to get input from other Middle Grade bloggers before the con."

Early Literacy

Darshana at Flowering Minds posts about Miss Maple’s Seeds, written and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler. She calls it "a magical, timeless book that will enchant kids and tug on the heartstrings of the adult."

Marty of The Great Chapter Book, Middle Grade Confusion writes about the differences between chapter books and middle-grade, which "are becoming blurred or even invisible, much to the detriment of kids and the chapter book category."

Sarah at ModernBrickaBrack shares about the writing of Alfie the Squirrel and the Tale of the Missing Grass and what she learned about online book publishing.

And Jen over at Jen Robinson's Book Page posts about actions she plans to take "to increase my daughter's love of reading, in response to my own read of the latest edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook." 


Alison over at interviewed Jane Kohuth about her new early reader picture book, Anne Frank's Chestnut Tree. "She shares some of the challenges of writing about war and oppression for young children and how Anne Frank's legacy can inspire activism."

Lindsey of A is for Aging blogs on positive images of aging in kidlit, and she says of Don Tate's It Jes' Happened, "This picture book highlights creativity in late life by showcasing the life of self-taught artist Bill Traylor."

Alex  at Randomly Reading tackles the slippery subject of seals with See What a Seal Can Do by Chris Butterworth, illustrated by Kate Nelms. "See what they do when they dive underwater to look for something to eat. They have a surprisingly busy life under the sea."

Interviews & Illustration & Such

Zoe who blogs at Playingbythebook asks, "Who doesn't love Richard Scarry? But what can he tell us about how society and language has changed over 50 years?"

LH Johnson of the blog Did you ever stop to think and forget to start again? says, "I had a bit of a thought and wondered whether it was possible to read your way around the UK in children's and YA books. Turns out you kind of can! (And I'm working on the missing counties!)"

Amitha over at Monkey Poop features a Q&A with Kathryn Lasky, about her latest book, The Extra.

Carmela of TeachingAuthors shares that her post "includes a "Fib" poem in memory of my writing friend and former student, Laura Crawford." 


Margo over at The Fourth Musketeer shares about Hetty Feather, "one of those feisty, charismatic girl characters you won't soon forget. Read about British author Jacqueline Wilson's delightful historical fiction series set in Victorian England."

Katie of Secrets & Sharing Soda posts about Bo at Ballard Creek, "a light-hearted and adventurous historical fiction book that can appeal to a wide range of ages. Filled with memorable characters and exciting events from Bo's day to day life, it will appeal to fans of Little House on the Prairie and stories by Carolyn Haywood and Beverly Cleary." 

Brenda at Proseandkahn sings the praises of The Candy Smash by Jacqueline Davies. She says, "Not since Love That Cat has an author depicted a child's discovery of poetry so perfectly."

Erica over at What Do We Do All Day? shares some of their favorite diverse books to share with babies and toddlers.

Catherine  of Story Snug writes, "We love the cheesy names of the cute mice in Mouseton Abbey. This story would appeal to fans of Downton Abbey."

Reshama of Stacking Books post that Mordecai Gerstein "draws you into the story of the Very First Drawing. Who made the first drawing he asks? Was it an adult or a kid? When did he make it? How did he make it? What triggered him to make the very first drawing?

Anastasia at Booktalking says, "I'm so happy that my cheerleader series is on the shelves now!" 

Susan of The Book Chook declares, "Nick Bland knows how to create memorable children's picture books – the kinds of books kids beg for over and over, the kinds of books that grow little bookworms." 

Gail over at Original Content shares a brief roundup "of women graphic artists who were discussed as part of a panel on women in children's publishing." 


  1. Thanks, Kate! It looks great!

  2. Thanks, Kate! Lots of fun things to explore. I especially appreciate the KidLitCon section :-)

  3. Thanks for the hosting opportunity, Anastasia. And happy to promote it, Jen! I just wish I could swing attending!

  4. Thanks for hosting! Nice round-up.

  5. Great mix of posts, thanks very much for hosting.

  6. fantastic line up! Thanks for hosting Kate!
    -Resh @ Stackingbooks

  7. This month's carnival is heavy on picture books, which is great for me. Next month is National Picture Book Month, and I'm planning to observe it at my blog. This is getting me fired up.

  8. Hi Kate, thanks for hosting! Lee Wind of "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?" here. (
    I'm in with the second episode of the public radio program I'm producing/writing/and contributing to, KID LIT With Lisa Loeb. We're focusing on "Creepy, Wacky... And True!" with three interviews about MG kids nonfiction. There's also a story app about the French revolution, Lisa's picture book pick of the week (Emeraldalicious) and our Diversity Spotlight on Libba Bray's YA novel, Beauty Queens.

  9. Oh, lots of spooky fun this month! Thanks so much for hosting, Kate. The Carnival looks great!