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Hello and Welcome to the October Carnival of Children’s Literature. It’s such an honor for Jump into a Book to be hosting this monthly event.

For those of you who have never been to a Children’s Book Carnival, you’re in for a real treat. Each month members from the Kidlitosphere community share their favorite posts. Kidlitosphere is a community of bloggers who write about their love of children’s literature.

I’d like to thank everyone for sending in such wonderful contributions to this month’s edition.

If you’re new to Jump Into A Book, I’d like to wish you a warm and special welcome. Jump Into A Book is a site about our love of children’s books and how we can incorporate them into our everyday lives through play, crafting, cooking, movies, games, traveling, and author visits. We make children’s books come alive one page at a time.

Inside this month’s Carnival digest you will discover so many wonderful blogs full of great and fun ideas. Here’s to many happy reading moments. Enjoy !

Kerry Aradhya presents It’s a Halloween Poetry Party! posted at Picture Books & Pirouettes, saying, “Rattlebone Rock and Boogie Knights are rhyming picture books that both involve lively nighttime parties with ghosts and goblins, are great read-alouds, and are perfect for Halloween!”

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Book Projects

Eric Van Raepenbusch presents Happy Birthday Eric Rohmann – October 26 posted at Happy Birthday Author.

Eric Maywar presents Tips on Writing Children’s Books: Tika Bernadette posted at Life in a Bookstore.

Early Literacy

Even in Australia presents Solo! posted at Even in Australia.
CPADRE presents Best Books For Boys posted at Boys Matter, saying, “A brief list of some books to get your boys hooked on reading.”

Erik Metz presents Always Lots Of Heinies At The Zoo posted at KID BOOK RATINGS, saying, “How can you resist that title? Click away my friends!”

Jen Robinson presents Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup: Mid-October Edition posted at Jen Robinson’s Book Page.

Catherine Nichols presents 11 Experiments That Failed posted at The Cath in the Hat.


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Jeff Barger presents Perfect Snow posted at NC Teacher Stuff, saying, “Perfect Snow contains some of the coolest illustrations I have seen this year. A mixture of plasticine and ink drawings make this a winter treat.”

Katie presents Review: The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin (Cybils Nominee) posted at Secrets & Sharing Soda.

Anastasia Suen presents Binky to the Rescue posted at Picture Book of the Day, saying, “A fun comic for younger readers!”

Heidi Grange presents Book Talk Tuesday: The Milo & Jazz Mysteries by Lewis B. Montgomery posted at Geo Librarian.

Read Aloud Dad presents Classic Children’s Fairy Tales – Best Illustrated Edition posted at Read Aloud Dad, saying, “You probably have a couple of collections of fairy tales lounging around the house. Who does not? Yet, there are fairy tales and fairy tales. So, Read Aloud Dad went on a mission to find the best illustrated and most attractive version of classic children’s fairy tales.”

Trudy Zufelt presents Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to NOT Reading – Book Review posted at Boys and Literacy.

Emm presents Book Review: The Snow Merchant by Sam Gayton posted at Addicted to Media, saying, “This is a stunning book about alchemy, adventure and the invention of snow. It is the type of book that defies rating scales and I could easily have given it six out of five stars.”

Amy Broadmoore presents 10 Children?s Books About Food posted at Delightful Children’s Books, saying, “Here are 10 food-themed picture books to entertain as well as teach kids a little about fruits and veggies, food groups, and where food comes from.”

Wendy Braun presents book-or-treat: literary pumpkins! posted at Good Books For Young Souls.

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Lori Calabrese presents The most important thing is knowing who you are posted at Lori Calabrese Writes!, saying, “So many of us never take the time to sit back, relax, and think of all the reasons to be happy. If we did, we’d realize there’s so much to be happy for. That’s why I really enjoyed reading REASONS TO BE HAPPY by Katrina Kittle. (YA novel)”

Jennifer presents Read Scary: Sam & Friends Mysteries volumes 1 – 4 by Mary Labatt, illustrated by Jo Rioux posted at Jean Little Library.

Pat Zietlow Miller presents KID REVIEW: Cora scales ?The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon? posted at Read, Write, Repeat..

Myra from GatheringBooks presents Carnival of Children?s Literature and Round up for October posted at GatheringBooks.


Sandie Mourão presents The house that crack built posted at Picturebooks in ELT, saying, “This is the second month I’m featuring traditional stories in picturebooks. This particular picturebook was a find and I loved wriitng about it. It’s an excellent title for older learners and thought provoking in a variety of ways.”


Carmela Martino presents A 50th Anniversary Q & A (and Giveaway!) with Leonard Marcus, Author of THE ANNOTATED PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH posted at Teaching Authors, saying, “Esther Hershenhorn has posted an interview with Leonard Marcus about his brand new ANNOTATED PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH celebrating the book’s 50th anniversary. Readers can enter to win a free autographed copy.”
Margo Tanenbaum presents Author Interview and Book Giveaway: Allan Wolf, author of The Watch that Ends the Night posted at The Fourth Musketeer, saying, “A fascinating interview with Allan Wolf, author of The Watch That Ends the Night, a new novel in verse about the Titanic.”


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Valarie Budayr presents Thoreau At Walden posted at Jump Into A Book, saying, “Thoreau at Walden is the perfect book to introduce children ages 8 and above to the world of Henry David Thoreau and his two years living on Walden Pond.”

Jennifer Bardsley presents A Child’s Garden of Torah | Teaching My Baby To Read posted at Teaching My Baby To Read, saying, “A review of the upcoming math curriculum, “Beast Academy”, from the Art of Problem Solving folks. Yes, I was one of the lucky recipients of the sample chapters. Please don’t hate me! A Christian mom muses about teaching her son Bible stories from a Jewish perspective, by reading “A Child’s Garden of Torah”.”

Zoe Toft presents Setting up a School Book Exchange posted at Playing by the book, saying, “Thanks for hosting!”

Mary Ann Scheuer presents Evaluating Book Apps for Children: a mini-series (part 1) posted at Great Kid Books, saying, “I’ve been amazed how iPad book apps can engage children with stories they knew, but adding and integrating new content, encouraging children to interact with stories, and enabling young children to read stories by themselves. This series reflects on what makes an iPad book app for children successful.”

Shirley Duke presents Germs, Diseases, and Gross Little Creatures posted at SimplyScience Blog, saying, “Disease and the organisms that carry them to people are brought to life and described in three different books.”

Loreen Leedy presents Sea turtle resource roundup posted at Loreen Leedy Books, saying, “My sea turtle book Tracks in the Sand is now an iBook! This post has links to art projects, a coloring book, online games, and other resources.”

Janelle presents Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic by Robert Burleigh – Book Review posted at Brimful Curiosities, saying, “This is my first post for Hope is the Word’s Armchair Cybils challenge ( and also the book I nominated in the Cybils Non-Fiction Picture Books category. Please do not include my last name in your compilation. Thanks!”

Roberta Gibson presents Wrapped in Foil · Garter Snake at Willow Creek Lane posted at Wrapped in Foil, saying, “Garter Snake at Willow Creek Lane by Janet Halfmann is a new addition to the Smithsonian Backyard series”

That concludes this edition of the Carnival of Children’s Literature. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Children’s Literature using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. (Yes, we have been around since 2006!) For an email reminder of the location of the next carnival and announcement when it is posted, subscribe to the Carnival of Children’s Literature reminder blog.

7 thoughts on “Carnival of Children’s Literature

    1. Hi Jeff, thanks so much. It was so much fun to do. Hope to do it again. Such great blog posts this month. Thanks to you as well.

  1. Gosh, this is certainly one of the best looking Blog Carnival posts I have seen before. Nicely done!

    Thank you for including me Valarie.

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