Sunday, October 26, 2008

October Carnival of Children's Literature: Snuggle Up With a Children's Book

Welcome to the October Carnival of Children's Literature!

Autumn's cool crisp air, beautiful falling leaves, and scents of pumpkin, cinnamon, and other hearty spices wafting through the air make it my favorite season. This is also my favorite time to snuggle up with a book and read as much as I can. So, grab a cup of hot apple cider, a warm blanket, and join me in a look at some great snuggle-worthy children's literature from around the blogosphere.

Picture Books

Eva presents a review of The Runaway Dolls by Ann M. Martin at Eva's Book Addiction.

At Kid Lit Kit Anastasia Suen presents Nonfiction Monday: Vote!, reviews of two picture books about voting and accompanying activities.

Fiona Veitch Smith reviews What’s Christmas? by Alexa Tewkesbury.

Becky reviews Welcome Winter! posted at Young Readers.

Karen reviews Time for Bed at Mommy's Favorite Children's Books.

At Age 30+ ... A Lifetime of Books, Heather J. presents Mom & Son Book Club #5 where she discusses three picture books with her son.

PaperTigers presents Books at Bedtime: Fiesta Femenina.

Anastasia reviews Teeth at Picture Book of the Day.

At Quiverfull Family, Jennifer Bogart reviews The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica by Debbie Glade.

At Kiddos and Books, Nadine reviews Mary O'Neill's Hailstones and Halibut Bones.

Cloudscome presents a review of Cleo's Alphabet Book at a wrung sponge.

At Anastasia Suen's Book of the Week, Anastasia presents her book, Red Light, Green Light along with ideas for activities.

At Wizards Wireless, Susan presents Mo Willems' upcoming books as well as a list of all of his published books.

Shelly reviews Very Hairy Bear at Write for a Reader.

At Rebecca Reads, Rebecca reviews Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle.

Books for Middle-Graders

At Children's Books: What, When & How to Read Them, Tanya presents My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath.

Carrie reviews The Mysterious Benedict Society at Books and Movies.

unfinishedperson presents Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes posted at Just A (Reading) Fool.

At The Scratching Log, Ratha's Courage author Clare Bell gives insight into how she developed the idea for a Ratha short story.

Never that Easy reviews two middle grade books in "Books I've read (today) and now you must too."

Becky presents The Penderwicks On Gardam Street posted at Becky's Book Reviews.

Steven reviews Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard posted at Book Dads: Fathers That Read!.

Yat-Yee Chong reviews Lois Lowry's The Willoughbys.

Sarah presents Hot Books in My Middle School Classroom posted at The Reading Zone.

At Read, Read, Read, Megan reviews Hip Hop Speaks to Children by Nikki Giovanii.

Young Adult Books

At Guys Lit Wire, in a post entitled Fall into Mystery, Sarah (aquafortis) reviews two mystery books, Alan Gratz's Something Wicked and Norah McClintock's Dooley Takes the Fall.

Jen Robinson reviews Everything You Want by Barbara Shoup posted at Jen Robinson's Book Page.

Author Interviews

At Maw Books Blog, Natasha interviews Shannon Hale, Newbery Medal Author.

Barbara Bietz interviews Alexis O'Neill at Jewish Books for Children with Author Barbara Bietz.


At Jenny's Wonderland of Books, Jenny shares a story about finding a dinosaur book her brother treasured during his childhood. She also talks about more dinosaur books and how the passion for dinosaurs has been passed down through her family.

Gregory K. talks about a flashback of the children's literature variety he had at GottaBook.

At Charlotte's Library, Charlotte shares the list of the nominees in the Cybils Science Fiction/Fantasy category. In the coming months, panelists will include links to their reviews on this page.

Author and illustrator Elizabeth Dulemba shares a coloring page of a reading witch on her blog.

At Chicken Spaghetti Susan talks about "bookspotting" she conducted with a 4th grade class. These kids were reading some great books!

Terry presents Reading Habits: The School Library at Scrub-a-Dub-Tub.

At, hall monitor shares a story of a Mom who won't return a 'Bunny Suicide' book to school.

At Bees Knees Reads, Kim interviews a military mom inspired by Love, Lizzie (Letters to a Military Mom) by Lisa Tucker McElroy.

Sheila presents New York City Discovery: Bryant Park Reading Room posted at Family Travel Guide.

At Kids Love Learning, Amy gives us tips on how to create a "Book Addict".

Thanks everyone for your wonderful posts!

Next month's carnival will be hosted by Karen at Mommy's Favorite Children's Books!


  1. That's a big carnival! Yay, for all the interest in reading with children!

    Thank you for putting it together.

  2. Thanks so much for hosting. I'm not published yet and have not earned the right to the title "author" at this moment! :)

  3. Thanks for hosting. I look forward to checking out some of the other entries here later today and tomorrow.

  4. Wow, what a big carnival....thanks so much for hosting.

  5. What a great carnival! Can't wait to check this out in more detail tomorrow. Thanks for hosting!

  6. Thanks for hosting this great carnival, Jill. I love Heather's post about the mom & son bookclub!

    Would you mind changing something on the PaperTigers blurb? Please just say "PaperTigers present," since I submitted the post but didn't write it. Thanks!

  7. Thanks Jill for hosting a great carnival!