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August Carnival of Children's Literature

Welcome to the August Carnival of Children's Literature!
The Carnival is a monthly gathering for all the good folks who blog about all things children's literature. So step right up folks and be dazzled!

Picture Books/ Early Literacy:

Julie, of Instantly Interruptable has this to say about a book that I've been meaning to get to all summer. "Here's a wonderful picture book by a new author that I think both children and adults would love. _Chloe, Instead_ is about sibling rivalry and accepting the differences in others. This wonderful message is met with some very unique and vibrant illustrations. This is definitely an author to watch!"

Lori, of Lori Calabrese Writes! recommends Soundprints' Read and Discover Books for beginning readers. Young readers will enjoy FUR SEAL GROWS UP as they follow a day in the life of  a Galapagos fur seal.

Kerry, from Picture Books and Pirouettes says, "I review the picture book Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed, mention a few other ninja-themed picture books, and share a fun "ninja" game that can help children learn and practice balance, focus, and turn-taking skills."

Peanut Gallery Comment: Might I add to Kerry's Ninja themed post an upcoming picture book debut that is illustrated by the incomparable Ed Young? Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta due out in September from Little, Brown and Company. 
Ali, of Literary Lunchbox, adds, "A Penguin Story is too wonderful to leave off the Carnival."

Catherine of The Cath in the Hat submitted, The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng with this comment, "I'm sharing my review of The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng, a novel about a fourth grader who learns to navigate the rocky shoals of friendship. An avid reader, books help her mature and grow. A book for book lovers! "

Danielle from There's a Book says, "Our review (my 3 year old daughter & mine) of the new picture book, Millie Fierce by Jane Manning. A story with messages about valuing others, reaching out to those around us in need and knowing when to curb anger. Perfect for all ages!"
Non-fiction/ Poetry:
"WORDS SET ME FREE is a true story of the power of reading -- Frederick Douglass, a former slave, becomes one of the first leaders of the antislavery movement. And, the author's dedication in this picture book biography includes a tribute to three libraries that "have opened [her] world to words and books and freedom." Here's to reading and libraries! Here, here Jeanne of True Tales & a Cherry on Top!

Starting the school year with a bang and a book, Jeanette at SpeakWell, ReadWell, features Toco Toucans: Bright Enough to Disappear, by Anastasia Suen, as well as a couple of early morning blunders.

Lisa, at Shelf-Employed writes, "The last hurrah of summer - a review of the book At the Boardwalk."

Roberta, of Wrapped in Foil, says, "This month I'm sharing a lovely picture book biography Baby Flo: Florence Mills Lights Up the Stage by Alan Schroeder and illustrated by the husband/wife team of Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu."

Shirley from Simply Science posts, "Brown Bear follows the life of real brown bears in Alaska through descriptive writing and beautiful photography, both by Suzi  Eszterhas."

"My co-blogger shares her original poem "Drought," about coping with a writing drought, along with a drought-defying writing exercise." So writes Carmela from TeachingAuthors.

Anastasia, of Booktalking says, "One night a cow hears “Hey Diddle Diddle" and decides to try it herself! Just like the original rhyme, this book is also written in verse." (Cindy Moo)

This in from Jeff, of NC Teacher Stuff: "Brothers at Bat is the story of New Jersey's Acerra brothers. The twelve brothers played baseball together on a semi-pro team." 

Elementary Fiction:

Jennifer, of the JeanLittleLibrary, contributed her review of The No Dogs Allowed Rule by Kashmira Sheth, a beginning chapter book and author's debut.

Susan, of The Book Chook, stated, "While strictly speaking The Little Dinosaur is fiction, I love that it's thoroughly researched and fact-based. Young non-fiction aficionados will feel right at home, yet there is enough "story" to engage kids who need a tale to follow." 

Middle Grade Fiction:

My contribution is The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine, a book that seems to be flying under the radar despite three starred reviews.

Ali, of Literary Lunchbox has this to say: Like me, my ten-year-old son loves to read and share his opinion on books. He really enjoyed reading Suzanne Collins's book, Gregor the Overlander.  His interview is funny (without trying) and detailed.  I think kids, parents and teachers will get a kick out of his review of the first book in this great series.

Amitha of Monkey Poop shares a review of MG book, The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall.

Gail, of Original Content, writes, "This is a reader response to the third volume of "The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place" and deals with a frustration with serial books of this nature--no matter how good they are, readers have to wait for the next installment."

Lisa, from Newbery/ Blueberry Mockery Pie, says," "In a continuing Mock Newbery discussion, we look at the role of librarians in three recent historical fiction titles, Glory Be, The Lions of Little Rock, and The Mighty Miss Malone.  All are welcome to join in. (The blog is administered by members of NJLA's Children's Services Section.)"

Ali of Fantastic Reads submits Beswitched and writes, "This book is part of Playing By The Book's round-up "I'm looking for a book about..." This month's theme is books about starting school. "

Charlotte from Charlotte's Library writes, "Here's a review of the first book in what promises to be a great fantasy series for the younger middle grade crowd--Wings of Fire."   

Maeve, from Yellow Brick Reads writes, "This post reviews Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke, Book One of the Sally Lockhart Series. Set in Victorian London, the novel blends historical fiction and the sensationalist novel genres."?

Darshana, of Flowering Minds submits a link to The One and Only Ivan with this comment: "Breathtakingly simple, humorous story that will make you cry, rejoice, and most importantly ponder, as you watch an easy-going gorilla in a circus-themed mall transform into the mighty silverback, a protector. This book was inspired by a true story."

Zoe, from Playing by the Book, says, "This is a book (Fruitloops & Dipsticks) which deserves to be much better known outside its native Sweden. The biggest discovery of my summer reading!"

Interviews/ Other

Hop on over to Alphabet Soup, where, "Author/Illustrator Annette Simon chats about creating her latest picture book, Robot Zombie Frankenstein, complete with process notes, spreads, childhood photos and a favorite pie recipe. Enter to win a signed copy of the book!"

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