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Each month, thanks to the organizational talents of Anastasia Suen, a carnival is hosted at various blogs. One of the best carnivals imaginable in my opinion, one centered around children’s literature. It’s marvelous. One host, dozens of posts, book reviews, projects and activities, resources and much much more.

I’m always astounded and impressed with what kidlit bloggers submit each month for the carnival and this month is no exception. WIth close to three dozen submitted posts I’m positive you’ll be busy reading for the next few days and you’ll certainly find a few new great blogs to bookmark for later reading. So, without further hesitation on my part…the November 2012 Carnival of Children’s Literature!

Skip to a part of the Carnival:
Book Projects | Early Literacy | Fiction | Non-Fiction | Poetry | Interviews & Guest Posts

Book Projects

  •  Playing by the book – This month Zoe shares a phenomenal resource with her post featuring over 60 children’s books set in or featuring real museums or museum artifacts – read the book then visit the museum! Truly a post not to be missed!
  • Newbery Blueberry Mockery Pie – The librarians of NJLA’s Children’s Services Section invite all to discuss Sharon Creech’s, The Great Unexpected on their mock Newbery blog, Newbery Blueberry Mockery Pie.

Early Literacy

  • Darshana at Flowering Minds – Reviewing the delightful new book from Sue Fliess and Betsy Snyder, Tons of Trucks. Colorful, engaging concept book about trucks that kids will love to push, pull, lift, spin, and swing. Bright colored illustrations that will be appealing to all toddlers, girls and boys. Darshana’s review also includes activity guides and suggestions.
  • The Book Chook – Chants and rhymes are a wonderful thing to share with kids right from when they’re babies. By listening, then repeating them, kids are internalizing rhyme, rhythm and language, and unconsciously developing many of the skills they need to read and write successfully. This is a post I’m going to be visiting quite a bit to help with my son’s struggles with rhyming. Susan provides another great resource as usual!
  • The Cath in the Hat – In honor of Picture Book Month shares some of her favorites that deal with the theme of being lost, especially The Tub People by Pam Conrad.
  • Tiffa from The Picture Book Review – With her review of Cecil the Pet Glacier that both she and her son enjoyed. From Tiffa, “It is such a unique and interesting picture book that I’d like to share it with others. I think the illustrations are amazing and the idea of a child having a pet glacier that she doesn’t like until it saves her dolls is truly original.” I loved this review and her passion for this delightfully quirky little book, do be sure to take a look!


  • Shelf-employed – Lisa shares a Picture Book Roundup – 4 short reviews of great new picture books – from serious to laugh-out-loud funny. Something for everyone!
  • Picturebooks in ELT – Sandy takes an in depth look at the book Twenty-four Robbers by by Audrey Wood. She says, “This is a picturebook was first published a while ago, but it’s such fun and this Child’s Play edition provides lots of possibilities for enjoying playing with language for children up to about ten years old who are learning English, which the reason I look at picturebooks on my blog.”
  • Read, Write, Repeat – Highlights a lovely Thanksgiving picture book.
  • SpeakWell, ReadWell – Jeanette reviews a favorite picture book of ours, Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. She also explores how stories often “stick” with children to the extent they want the books in their own homes. She also shared ideas on ways to get books into homes, one child at a time, as a result of this.
  • My Picture Book Writing Journey – Shars’ post, ‘Picture Book Writer’, is a parody of Beatles song ‘Paperback Writer’ written to cheer up and encourage aspiring picture book writers and give others something silly to chuckle at.
  • A Library Mama – Katy reviews Guinea PIG: Pet Shop Private Investigator. Volume 1: Hamster and Cheese by Colleen AF Venable. The first book in a graphic novel mystery series, featuring a cynical pet shop guinea pig and her bubbly hamster side kick.
  • Kid Book Ratings – Erik at Kid Book Ratings says, “My Doppler radar predicts you will enjoy this review…” And I’m certain you will!
  • Picture Books and Pirouettes – This post describes a self-published book written by an accomplished ballerina and illustrated by her husband, who is an equally accomplished dancer. A beautiful story and a wonderful review.
  • A Curious Thing – Camille shares her very convincing and fun review of the newest Lemony Snicket book, “Who Could that be at this Hour?”
  • Yellow Brick Reads – Maeve’s post marks the one-year anniversary of Yellow Brick Reads and gives 5 reasons why the Wizard of Oz is an enduring classic.
  • Book Aunt – Kate from Book Aunt shares her November Quick Picks: Middle Grade Magic–reviews of five great fantasy books from 2012, including National Book Award winner Goblin Secrets.
  • Literary Lunchbox – Three very different middle grade books and all nominated for the Cybils Awards.
  • Gail from Original Content – The title of this post says it all, “No Vampires, Werewolves, Fairies, Zombies, Or Any Other Paranormal Beings. Just Real Kids In A Good Book.” A fabulous review for The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher, one that brings a lot of great attention to a wonderful read.


  • True Tales & A Cherry On TopTouch the Sky by Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper is an inspiring true story about a young woman who dreamed to soar, and pursued her dream.
  • Apples with Many Seeds – Just discovered how many ‘cool’ resources about giant squids in the Doucette Library (a curriculum library). Having a varied ‘package’ of resources that includes picture books, science books, coffee table books, specimens and kits to use in a classroom to explore this topic, is invaluable.
  • Alex from Randomly Reading – Since we just celebrated Thanksgiving, Balloons Over Broadway tells the story of Tony Sarg and original contribution to the giant balloons we enjoy so much.
  • Margo from Fourth Musketeer – A stunning new picture book biography on jazz great John Coltrane from author Gary Golio. An in depth review that includes a beautiful interior image of the new book.
  • Wrapped In Foil – What a combination, Richard Sobol’s beautiful child-centric photographs and the story of silk production in Thailand. A fantastic review of The Story of Silk: From Worm Spit to Woven Scarves by Richard Sobol, one you don’t want to miss!
  • Janelle from Brimful Curiosities – A school assignment on bugs prompted us to pick up Steve Jenkins’ newest title, “The Beetle Book” from our local library. This magnificently illustrated book has received four starred reviews and is one of the New York Times Best Illustrated books of 2012. Jenkins provides a kid-friendly overview of the Beetle family as well as briefly highlighting over 75 different beetles, some familiar, some unusual. Inspired by the detailed illustrations, my daughter made an elaborate beetle model from recycled materials.


  • Anastasia from Booktalking – After all of the election madness, it was fun to read some kid-friendly poems about the Presidents. The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents by Susan Katz is a Cybils poetry nominee. (Another great post to check out if you’re wanting more info about Poetry Friday!)
  • TeachingAuthors – April Halprin Wayland shares an original Thanku poem in gratitude for those who helped save her husband as part of the TeachingAuthors Two Weeks of Thanks-Giving.

Interviews & Guest Posts

  • Monkey Poop – A fantastic guest post by two picture book authors, Jim Averbeck and Dashka Slater. This one is particularly fun because Dashka shares her top five favorite most dangerous plants!
  • Horribly Humorous History for Kids – Interviewing Michaela Muntean about her amazing NF book called Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs. An incredibly powerful (true) story about not giving up; about second chances, and about believing you can do something when the odds are stacked against you.

Thank you again to Anastasia Suen for the opportunity to host this month’s carnival as well as to all of you for reading through these amazing posts! December’s Carnival of Children’s Literature will be held at Playing by the book!

If you haven’t involved yourself in this great event I’d highly recommend doing so in the future. You can find everything you need to know over at Anastasia’s Booktalking Blog.

14 Responses to November 2012 Carnival of Children’s Literature

  1. Anastasia says:

    Thanks so much for hosting this month, Danielle! It looks gorgeous!

  2. Maeve says:

    Great Carnival, Danielle. And I’m enjoying the wander round your blog!

  3. You did a great job on this.

  4. Shar Mohr says:

    Thanks for hosting! You have a beautiful blog!

  5. Zoe says:

    What a great job you’ve done Danielle – can’t wait to go through this once the kids are in bed. And thanks for your kind words about my contribution 🙂

  6. Thank you for hosting – what a fabulous roundup!

  7. Dangerously Ever After looks beautiful! Thanks for the info sweetpea.

  8. Roberta says:

    Love the way you organized, looks great! On such short notice, too.


  9. Erik says:

    This might be my favorite carnival yet! Thanks for hosting.

    PS: I love you site!!!

  10. Thanks for hosting, Danielle. Love the roundup…and love the snow on your blog!

  11. Sorry it’s taken a couple of days to check in with the carnival. Thanks for doing such a great job. It looks great. I will be spending a couple of days working through the list.
    Thanks again.
    Apples with Many Seeds

  12. Gina says:

    So many books to see, discover and add to the wish list. Thank goodness its the holidays! ~yells~ Hey Santa! Another update coming your way! ^_^ (FAB job on hosting the carnival…as usual.)

  13. Thanks for including our blog in this BEAUTIFUL round-up!

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