Summer Carnival of Children’s Literature

July 31, 2009 @ 7:44 pm | Filed under:

Welcome to the June-July 2009 edition of the Carnival of Children’s Literature!

It’s been a busy summer in the kidlitosphere. In this carnival you’ll find some of the topics that kept us talking.

Bloggers and book reviews

Pam Coughlan has some Important News for Bloggers at MotherReader.

Sally Apokedak discusses why blog book reviews are a big deal.

• At Book Aunt, Kate Coombs weighs in on Bloggers vs. Book Reviewers.

Other points to ponder

• Author Gail Gauthier asks Why Don’t We Go After The Adult Market?

Jen Robinson takes on the topic of reading levels at Jen Robinson’s Book Page.

• At In Need Of Chocolate, Sarah shares how her family does read-alouds (a topic close to my heart).

Terry Doherty of Scrub-a-Dub-Tub has Two Questions for the Most Helpful People I Know. Says Terry: “I am learning that there is no sure-fire way to catalog books.”

Book recommendations

• At Book Addiction, Eva Mitnick presents some great chapter-book read-alouds.

Susan Kusel explores diversity in board books at the PBS Parents blog, Booklights.

• At A Year of Reading, Franki presents Books to Celebrate Today—The First Men on the Moon!, saying, “July 20th was the 40th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon. It was a day to celebrate with lots of books and links!”

• Thanks to that terrific panel at Comic-Con, I’ve started compiling a list of kids’ graphic novels to check out—for newcomers to Bonny Glen, here’s a post on that topic.

Fun stuff

Brenda Ferber presents Jemma Hartman Lookalikes, saying, “In the midst of cover controversy, here’s a story that will make you smile!” (It did!)

• At Bees Knees Reads, Kim Baise reveals how The Moomins Take Over NYC. Gotta love those Moomins.

• Back at Booklights, Susan Kusel has a great story about The Journey.

• And the always entertaining Laurel Snyder has some choice words about the very worst books for kids.

Posts about writers and writing

Jon Bard shares a video about 7 Things Editors @ Children’s Book Publishers Wish They Could Tell Writers at Children’s Writing Web Journal.

Wendie Old presents Research, as seen by Nonfiction Writers, “a post that shows how nonfiction authors love, love, love doing research.”

Author interviews

• At Into the Wardrobe, Tarie interviews author/illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien.

• With the SCBWI Summer Conference just around the corner, Lee Wind interviews authors Ellen Hopkins and Holly Black.

• At Imaginary Blog, author Lynn E. Hazen answers questions about the life of an author, memorable moments, and whether it is possible (or not) to “have it all.”

• And here’s an interview with Gary Paulsen at The Reading Zone!


That wraps up this month’s edition, and it also wraps up my tenure as manager of this carnival. After more than four years, it’s time for me to pass the baton to someone else. The good folks at KidLitosphere Central have agreed to bring the Carnival of Children’s Literature under that tent, which is the perfect place for it. My heartfelt thanks to Pam Coughlan and the other KidLitosphere Central crew, and my thanks to all our contributors here and in previous editions. I’ve had a ton of fun working with the volunteer hosts these past four years. Thanks, all!

Next month’s carnival will be hosted by Sarah at In Need of Chocolate. Click here to submit a post via the handy-dandy form.

(PS—please drop me a note in the comments if you find any broken links or typos. Thanks!)

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  1. Book Chook says:

    No broken links or typos, just heaps of great stuff!

  2. Tarie says:

    Oh, Melissa. Thank you for being such a wonderful carnival manager all these years. 🙂

  3. Terry says:

    Thanks Melissa … the Carnival was my introduction to the Kidlitosphere. Thank you for creating and managing such a wonderful, collaborative project.

  4. Andromeda Jazmon says:

    Melissa, Thanks for a wonderful four years of Carnivals! You amaze me. This is a very rich collection for the summer.

  5. Lee Wind says:

    Thanks for everything you’ve done to make the carnival such a success for so long!
    We really appreciate it and you!