Welcome to the May 2013 Carnival of Children's Literature! We have interviews, reviews, alien apocalypses, book nerd checklists, reading guides, original artwork and so much more. A big thank you too to all of the dedicated Kidlit experts floating out there in the blogosphere for keeping this conversation alive. I hope you enjoy reading this wonderful collection of posts.
- Susan at The Book Chook features a guest post written by Australian author, Mem Fox. The post, which is called 'Why Reading Really is Magic' provides excellent advice for parents.
- Catherine at The Cath in the Hat gives a round-up of picture books featuring bike riders in Celebration of National Bike Month. Saddle up, folks!
- Jen at Jen Robinson's Book Page reviews Rick Yancey's new post-alien apocalypse thriller, The 5th Wave: "Fans of post-apocalyptic noels will not want to miss The 5th Wave. It's a book that will make readers think, both in a 'what is going on?' sense and in a larger 'what is it that makes us human?' sense."
- Self-confessed "book ninja" L.H. Johnson at Did you ever stop to think and forget to start again? provides a hilarious checklist to gauge your position on the book nerd continuum: "I'm a big book nerd and there's been times when I've had to step back and take a moment and think about what I'm doing. These are some of these moments."
- Reshama at Stacking Books reviews Elenor Estes's The Hundred Dresses: "Friendship and bullying, courage and regret, peer pressure and forgiveness. It is no wonder that "The Hundred Dresses" is a Newberry Honor Book. Elenor Estes's book is wonderfully rendered in this audio book version by Christina Moore."
- Margo at The Fourth Muskateer reviews Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz. This moving book tells the story of Yanek Gruener, a Jewish boy living in Krakow who survives 10 concentration camps during the course of World War II.
- Erica at What Do We Do All Day? provides a list of chapter books she is planning on reading aloud to her kids this summer. And there's plenty of good ones here to choose from!
- Brenda at Prose and Kahn reviews Gennifer Choldenko's final installment in the Tales of Alcatraz trilogy. Titled Al Capone does my Homework, this book comes highly recommended and provides brings the series to a satisfying conclusion.
- Jeanette at Speak Well, Read Well talks about Mo Willems' book That is NOT a Good Idea! She also shares some delightful artwork produced by her students in response to this book. Be sure to hop on over to take a look!
- Darshana at Flowering Minds reviews Jennifer Berne's On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein, which she describes as an "informative, engaging picture book biography that is sure to captivate scientists young and old."
- Jeanne at True Tales & a Cherry on Top reviews Joanne Stanbridge's The Extraordinary Music of Mr Ives: "After the attack and sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, all of New York fell silent, including Charles Ives. But, inspired by commuters singing in response to the tragedy, Charles Ives shaped the experience into an orchestral piece."
- Mary Ann at Great Kid Books shares a thought-provoking discussion on the implications of Common Core State Standards in U.S. schools. Working with other librarians and literacy experts, Mary Ann lays the groundwork here for a series of discussions on this topic. The series will be called "Common Core IRL: In Real Libraries" and will focus on non-fiction books and text complexity.
- Congratulations to Anastasia at Booktalking on her new book for teens! Internship and Volunteer Opportunities for People who Love All Things Digital is sure to be an invaluable resource for adolescents seeking out summer internships in digital careers.
- Zoe at Playing by the Book interviews Viviane Schwarz. As a long-standing fan of this wonderful illustrator, Zoe was keen to talk to Viviane about her latest book, Welcome to Your Awesome Robot. And beware, there are cats in this interview...
- Myra at Gathering Books interviews Academy Award Winning and Astrid Lindgren Memorial Awardee Shaun Tan. Find out Shaun's "lost things" from his teenage years, his "red tree" and his thoughts about the odd, the surreal, the strange, the complex, and the weird in picture books for children.
- Carmela at Teaching Authors interviews debut author and former classroom teacher Nancy J. Cavanaugh, who persisted for 19 years before her first novel was published. Readers can enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of that novel, which is aimed at middle-grade readers: This Journal Belongs to Ratchet.
- Last but by no means least, Iron Guy Carl of Boys Rule! Boys Read! interviews Karen Yingling of the Ms Yingling Reads blog. And be sure to check out Ms Yingling's fabulous new award!
I do hope you enjoyed this month's Carnival of Children's Literature. Thanks to Anastasia Suen for giving me the opportunity to host. If you'd like to find out more about the Carnival, visit Anastasia's Booktalking Blog.