Sunday, March 18, 2007

Welcome to the 12th Carnival of Children's Literature.
There were so many submissions, that it felt more like the State Fair.

So, come on in.
Be amazed, enlightened, inspired.
And yes, by all means.....


March themes remind us that the ice and snow will soon be in a paper cup - not the driveway!

Kaye presents Great Golden Pancake Awards posted at Zing Things for , saying, "This post was prompted by Pancake Day - Shrove Tuesday. I try to post regularly on books my daughters have or are enjoying with details too of the spin off art and 'educational' enquiries and projects their reading inspires. "

polliwog presents The Cat in the Hat turns 50 today posted at

Els Kushner presents Sound the Graggers! Eat the Hamentaschen! posted at book, book, book, saying, "Purim is usually in March (it just squeaked in on March 3 this year), so I hope this is topical enough for the March Carnival!"

Tricia presents Seeds & Growing Things posted at Miss Rumphius Effect.

This poetry offering was a light, sweet snack to savor....

Terrell presents PTSW : Flax-golden Tales posted at Alone on a Limb, saying, "Each week I try to post a Poem to Start the Week from among the poems I have used during 27 years of teaching elementry school students.. This week's poem is "Invitation" the little masterpiece by Shel Silverstein. On this post you will find links to the the opther poems in the series, as well as other posts and sites that celebrate children's literature."

A group of posts offered welcome gulps of cold, frothy inspiration.....

Jone AKA MsMac presents What Are We Reading At Silver Star? Week of March 12, 2007 posted at Check It Out.

Jennifer Laughran presents A Conversation with a YA Editor posted at not your mother's bookclub , saying, "This is a glimpse into the mind of a YA editor. "

Susan Thomsen presents Laura Ingalls Wilder Inspires Kitchen Mess posted at Chicken Spaghetti

Liz Garton Scanlon presents Empty Baskets posted at Liz In Ink, saying, "Sometimes, as people and as writers, what we need most is to rest and renourish."

Kate Baggott presents Our Little Literary Awakening posted at Babylune, saying, "The one reading experience that woke each of us up."

Lisa presents Blogs and Copyright posted at Passionately Curious, saying, "I recently had a wonderful response when I contacted a few children's literature authors about sharing their poetry or passages from their books in my blog."

Reading some of the great interviews posted this month are like enjoying the many layers of a blooming onion.....

Elaine Magliaro presents POETRY FRIDAY: Yoga Poems posted at Blue Rose Girls , saying, "This blog article includes a review of the book TWIST:YOGA POEMS and an interview with its author, Janet Wong, and illustrator, Julie Paschkis."

Little Willow presents An Interview with Author Jenny Han posted at Bildungsroman.

Jules and Eisha presents Seven Impossible Interviews Before Breakfast #13:M.T. Anderson (who is not really seven monkeys, six typewriters,and a Speak & Spell,* no matter what he tells you) posted at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Kelly Fineman presents kellyrfineman: An interview with Adam Rex posted at Writing and Ruminating.

Laurie Bluedorn presents Podcast #2 Interview with Eloise Wilkin's Daughter, Part One posted at Laurie Bluedorn.

Author postings fed our cravings for greater insight into their lives and work....

Lynn Rodriguez presents The View From My Window posted at The View From My Window.

Kerry Madden presents Tennessee Alumnus, WRITING FICTION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE posted at Gentle's Holler , saying, "This is an essay I wrote for the Tennessee Alumnus Magazine entitled "Writing For Young People."

Sherry presented Wanda Gag posted at Semicolon

Laurie Halse Anderson presented her new Tattoo posted at her website

Minnesota Public Radio presented Alison McGhee’s new novel on their Talk Volumes page.

A couple of fun memes bring a smorgasbord of ideas together in one tasty combo platter.

Katherine presented My First Meme posted at This Just In

Cloudscome presented Torn-Up Book Meme posted at AWrung Sponge

Book reviews, like the unrivaled corn dog, are a mainstay of the experience!

Andrea presents Supreme Esteem: Getting to Know Ruben Plotnick posted at Just One More Book!!

Sheila Ruth presents Book Review: The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle posted at Wands and Worlds

Pam Coughlan presents MotherReader: Clementine Is Back! posted at MotherReader .

Lindsey Dunn presents Books Teens Will Love as Prizes posted at Zee Says=Film Addict + Teen Librarian

Wendy Betts presents Review: Good Sports posted at Blog from the Windowsill

Becky Laney presents Toys Go Out posted at Becky's Book Reviews

Snow Wildsmith presents Keturah and Lord Death posted at Kiddie Lit

DeputyHeadmistress presents Childrens' Book:Dollie's Big Dream, or The Man of Mirth posted at The Common Room, saying, "A vintage book with some lovely illustrations"

Leisa presents » Blog Archive » A Monster Wrote Me A Letter posted at .

Jen Robinson presents Cures for Heartbreak: Margo Rabb posted at Jen Robinson's Book Page , saying, "I've thought about this book a lot since I read it, and thought that it warranted further discussion."

Sonja Cole presents Mythology posted at Bookwink, saying, "Video booktalks of The Lightning Thief, and The Shadow Thieves."

Cynthia Leitich Smith presented Love the Baby posted at Cynsations

Posts about reading aloud remind us that a good thing can be even better -- like a deep-fried Snickers Bar!!

Michelle Sweeney presents 20 Minutes A Day posted at Tonic Gifts.

Michelle Mitchell presents Tips for Improving Your Child's Literacy posted at scribbit.

Tricia presents On Reading Aloud What is Difficult posted at Miss Rumphius Effect.

Monica presented Reading Aloud Despereaux posted at Educating Alice

Posts on great ideas for teaching raise the bar like sweetly yeasted bread.

Elena LaVictoire presents My History Plan posted at My Domestic Church, saying, "Examples of how I am using kids historical literature in my history curriculum."

Rich Peluso presents DigitalRichDaily: Unanswered Questions posted at DigitalRichDaily , saying, "Our daughters book/oral report for school resulted in a family movie night beyond the average Disney film..and impacts the life of our children."

Franki presented Teaching Grammar & Conventions posted at A Year of Reading.

Some posts broach the weightiest of subjects and give us all something to chew on for awhile -- Pork Chop on a Stick, anyone?

Alvina Ling presents Money & Writing posted at Blue Rose Girls.

Mitali Perkins presents Are Cultural Outsiders Our Writers of Choice? posted at Mitali's Fire Escape, saying, "With all the talk about "authenticity" going around the world of children's literature, is there still a place for a book about a particular place or culture written by an outsider for other outsiders?"

Erin presents Title Matters posted at Miss Erin

Liz B. presents An Interesting Mix of Posts and Articles posted at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy , saying, "It was a hard decision this month, but I like this post because it addresses a bunch of current YA lit issues."

Kelly Herold presents Gender Bias in Picture Books? posted at Big A little a

Megan Bayliss presents Bitss of Caramel Marmalade on Toast posted at Child protection: serious business.

Megan Bayliss presents Are children's books providing them with enough advice? posted at Helium - Where Knowledge Rules

Monica presented The Elephant in the Room posted at Educating Alice

The pretzeled twists and turns of Scrotumgate are still with us....

Jay presents Presenting: The Newbery Jewels posted at The Disco Mermaids (Robin - Jay - Eve) , saying, "We've designed a new Newbery logo for those librarians skittish of a little scrotum!"

Susie Bright presents You Say Scrotum, I Say Hoo-Ha posted at Susie Brights Journal, saying, "I've heard from SO many librarians and children's lit enthusiasts about this issue. I am a daughter of a librarian who just grew up in the chidrens room of the library, so this is close to my heart!"

Tricia presents On Reading Aloud What is Difficult posted at Miss Rumphius Effect.

Posts on diversity remind us that the Gyro stand is right next to the Foot Long stand at the fair..

Dana Rudolph presents The Different Dragon: A Magical Book for All Families posted at Mombian.

mamakelly presents A Blog of Two Witches Pagan Kids' Book Review - Alice and Greta: a tale of two Witches « posted at A Blog of Two Witches.

Marta presents Wanted: Sympathetic Aliens in Children's Literature posted at Homeschool Kid Lit

Tricia presents On Diversity in School & Classroom Libraries posted at Miss Rumphius Effect.

And great book lists are like this menu -- something to satisfy every appetite!

Colleen Mondor presents Everybody's Favorite Coming-of-Age Novels, Including Many You May Not Have Heard Of posted at Chasing Ray, saying, "Consider this the mother-of-all-coming-of-age novel lists. Everybody and their third cousin weighed in and it came out great!"

Karen Edmisten presents Karen Edmisten: WWII in picture books posted at Karen Edmisten , saying, "Part 1 of two posts submitted

Karen Edmisten presents More WWII Picture Books posted at Karen Edmisten , saying, "part 2 of two posts submitted"

Mrs. K. presents Girls You Should Know posted at Readathon, saying, "This links to the first two entries in my weekly series "Girls You Should Know."

Julee presents Roadsigns (A Harey Race with a Tortoise) posted at Homeschool Daze.

Stacie Turner presents Breastfeeding Books for Kids, Take 2 posted at The Twinkies

Chris presents Money – That’s What They Want posted at Chris Barton Info

Em presented Gauntlet Thrown posted at Emily Reads

And then there are the posts not so easily categorized -- like the Hot Beef Sundae...

Jacquelyn Mitchard’s new book gets an unusual launch onYouTube

Brian Selznick’s initial inspiration for The Invention of Hugo Cabret posted at Archive.Org

Lindsey Dunn presents Second Life, Get a Life? posted at Zee Says=Film Addict + Teen Librarian

Sometimes you discover one special post that is just the sweetest delight imaginable...

Brooke presents Online Exhibit of the Week: The Charlotte M. Smit... posted at The Brookeshelf, saying, "This article is a guided tour of one of the most charming collections of children's literature -- teeny, tiny micro-books! This is the first in a series of articles highlighting online exhibits of rare and unusual children's literature."

Well, that's it for this Carnival!

Enjoy the Midway as you leave.

And don't forget to get your submissions in for the 13th Carnival of Children's Literature by dropping by the Carnival Site or by stopping in at your upcoming host's site.


Unknown said...

You've done a wonderful job on this! I love the category metaphors. I think I'll pass on the beef sundae, though. ;-) Thanks for hosting!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks for doing such a wonderful job with the 12th Carnival of Children's Literature! It looks great--and makes me feel read.

Anonymous said...

Great job! And thanks for getting our entry in at the last minute (or actually, one minute after the last minute) . . .

Anonymous said...

What a great list of articles. Thanks for the mention and now I am off to read a few of the submissions. This carnival is certainly very popular.

Liz B said...

Wow. wow, wow, wow. So many posts, so little time!

Karen Edmisten said...

Wow! Can't wait to settle in here with another cup of coffee. :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh, my word, what a feast of posts here! The State Fair looks awesome. Thank you, thank you. That's a lot of work that went into this.

MotherReader said...

I am amazed by how many posts there were when it seemed to come on last minute (at least from where I stood, but I may not have been paying enough attention). I am deeply impressed that you pulled all this together. Great job.

Anonymous said...

AWESOME JOB! Better get reading.....

Lindsey said...

Thanks for all of your hard work!

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Wow this is great! What a lot of work you put into this, and what an amazing list of great posts to read. Thanks!

Nancy said...

Oh my goodness -- this is fabulous. It's going to take me a month just to get through all these selections!

Mary Lee said...

Great carnival! This is the most creative one in a long time -- you've raised the bar!!!

MMMmmmm...I can almost smell the fried foods...can't wait to dig in!

Erin said...

Fabulous carnival! Thanks!

Kelly said...

Hi Midwestern:

I've already blathered on about the greatness of this carnival on my blog, but my, my, my this is a good one!


ElsKushner said...

Wow--From Minnesota Public Radio to Susie Bright-- this is a carnival/state fair to remember! I'm blown away at how you were able to organize it all.

Vivian Mahoney said...

You have offered an incredible smorgasbord of reading delights for this creative carnival.

Midwestern Lodestar, thank you for your hard work. Wow!

alvinaling said...

Wow--incredible work! Thanks for all of this.

Just wanted to point out that Libby Koponen wrote "Money & Writing"--I just submitted it. But perhaps I submitted it wrong. Sorry!

Anonymous said...

Well many posts, so little time. Thank you for your efforts.

Monica Edinger said...

A belated thank you for including me in this terrific event!