Step right up! It's here at last-- November’s grand event! Leave the chilly air outside. It's cozy in the tent. Come and see what’s on display. There’s quite an eclectic mix… recommended children’s books and illustration tricks, writing tips and interviews, stories, poems, and art. The list goes on, and as your host, I’m pleased to do my part. Live from New York it’s... theNovemberCarnivalofChildren'sLiterature! With so much to read, how does one choose? Check out all theseBOOKREVIEWS! Andromeda Jazmonpresents Giving Thanks: A Native American Morning Message. Author Chief Jake Swamp, a force for world peace who, before his recent death, served on the Council of Chiefs in the Mohawk-Iroquois Nation, shares a poem and prayer for peace and thanksgiving. I give thanks to Andromeda (also know as "cloudscome") for sharing this timely post. At Storied Cities, Erica indroduces us to Musical City: Gabriella's Song. This charming picture book by Candace Fleming celebrates the gentler sounds of the Venice, including the slap-slaps of laundry, the bump-bump of gondolas. Erica says she looks for books that highlight cities other than the overly famous New York City. Anastasia Suenat Weekend Readsintroduces the early chapter book The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy. Dori Hillestad tells the story in first-dog narrative!
At Passionate about Picture Books, Sandie Mourão shares one of her favorite picture books: Chris Raschka's Caldecott winner, Yo! Yes?. This witty, offbeat book is about the budding friendship between a black boy and a white boy. Its vibrant, colorful illustrations and minimal text give the book a dynamic energy.
Mary Ann Scheuer presents Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, an inspiring story about 12-year-old Lanesha who doesn't have enough money to escape New Orleans during the evacuation pre-Hurricane Katrina. Mama Ya-Ya encourages Lanesha to believe in herself, which gives Lanesha an inner-strength that helps save them both. Mary Ann describes Rhodes' writing as "beautifully evocative".
What's new at Brimful Curiosities?Janelle has been comparing different versions of the story of Rapunzel. So far, she's found two versions that were written before the Grimms' Rapunzel--and she plans to continue updating the post. The most recent version can be seen in the new Disney movie, Tangled.
At NC Teacher Stuff, Jeff Barger presents the picture book, Mr. Putney's Quacking Dog. "Jon Agee's illustrations are humorous and intelligent," says Jeff, who believes the book's word play would be great to read in the classroom. Jen Robinson'sChildren's Literacy and Reading Roundup: November 1, is chock full of events, blogs, articles, and news about children's literacy and reading. Jen strongly suggests sharing blog posts or literacy on Twitter. She quotes author/father James Preller, who believes that "one of the most powerful, positive factors to encourage and inspire boys to read is, very simply, to see their fathers read."
At Read, Write, Repeat, Pat Zietlow Miller shares what Sonia, a kid reviewer, has to say about Patricia Polacco's The Junkyard Wonders. Sonia says the story is based on an incident in the author's life when she was part of a classroom, known as the junkyard, consisting of kids with perceived "issues" that made them feel like misfits. Fortunately, her teacher saw every child as a genius waiting to be discovered.
You might want to cover your ears before reading Jama Rattigan's review of Holler Loudly, by Cynthia Leitich Smith and Barry Gott! at Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup. Holler, the main character, has such a LOUD voice it blows off rooftops, upends desks at school, and gets him thrown out of a movie theater. The spreads SCREAM for our attention, and just when our ears need a rest, we're served a bowl of delicious looking alphabet soup--to be SLURPED LOUDLY. The sweet, desserts at the end look yummy!
Margo Tanenbaum interviews author Kristin O’Donnell Tubb at The Fourth Muskateer about her second book Selling Hope, which is set during the comet hysteria of 1920. Kristin says she came across this great idea while she was doing a research project for an activity book. "I discovered that Earth actually passed through the tail of the comet on May 18 and 19, 1910," she says. When Kristin read that all the hype led to people selling "comet pills", she knew she had to write Selling Hope.
ILLUSTRATORSon parade! Find out how the art gets made. Jacquitta McManus presents 3 of the Author's Favorite Illustrations in Labyrinth's Door - Anyia "Dream of a Warrior" at Journey of a Storyteller. Jacquitta says, "I started writing children stories years ago. It came out of a desire to create characters I felt my daughter could relate to. It also came from a desire to create stories that would excite her imagination when she laid in bed at night. This is my Journey." (The name of the talented illustrator--Toujour Byrd--whose illustrations are featured in the post should really be mentioned in the post!) In Traditional + Digital = TRADIGITAL, Ginger Nielson says there's no reason to frown upon "digitized" artwork. Ginger shows how she mixes traditional and digital styles in her own work. Her traditional sketch and watercolor study are lovely, as is the final painting done in a digital painting program, which only enhances her original artwork. At Daily Art Food, Wendy Martin presents Illustration for Picture Books. "What makes a great picture book?" says Wendy. "It’s a combination of stellar text and outstanding pictures, of course. This two part article covers the basics and gives lessons on how to begin your own book dummy." WRITING TIPS are always key. What works for you may work for me. At The Poem Farm, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater shares a poem called Just Write, which she wrote to encourage young writers. Also included are two great book suggestions for teachers. Carmela Martino presents Mary Ann Rodman's post Writing with Your Gluteus Maximus. How does this "Master Procrastinator" get herself writing? She uses the "B-I-C" rule, which she explains simply. A must-read for easily-distracted writers. A mom and dad are very fond of taking books ONE STEP BEYOND.
At Blah, Blah, Blog, Pamela Jorrick talks about the deep connection she feels with "Ma Ingalls" from the Little House books. When Pamela read the Little House books with her kids, they were actually living "off the grid" in the California mountains with a wood stove, very little electricity, and an oil lamp to read by. Pamela likes what her kids gained from the experience and continues to remind them of that way of life. She even recruited "Pa" to make lanterns with the kids--a craft that, rather than collecting dust, can actually be used.