March Carnival of Children’s Literature

Splash! Welcome to the March Carnival of children’s literature! It is quite a big leap from February to March. It is a time of transition and opposites: we have blustery days and warm days, holidays and hooky days, longer days and shorter nights, and maybe just maybe, no more snow days!

It is the wind who speaks first (and loudest) in March, reminding us that he is not quite ready to give the stage to Spring. Winnie-the-Pooh loves a blustery day, and Tea Party Girl takes us to Pooh Corner as she asks us Do You Seek a Very Nearly Tea or a Proper Tea? It seems these early March afternoons are made for a cup of tea or cocoa, a warm fire, and a good book. Sarah, who is In Need of Chocolate, tells us about some great Recent Chapter Book Reading that she has shared with her 4.5-year-old daughter.

Regrettably, we cannot while away every afternoon with tea by the fire, and Caitlin Giles (Parenting Squad) offers us some great suggestions for an afternoon indoors with My Winter Bible: The Preschooler’s Busy Book | Parenting Squad.

Ah, but the wind is changing. Flash Gordon offers us his perfect solution for a windy day: sailing. He presents The Sailing Adventure: New Book Gets Young People Interested posted at Great New Books that Are a Must Read.

Set your clocks ahead! Spring is coming. Paula Blais Gorgas brings us a bit o’ green with her review of Leprechaun Time. Jeremy Zongker helps us hold onto a little more green with 90 Low Cost or No Cost Activities to Entertain Your Kids All Summer Long posted at Destroy Debt.

Daylight savings. More daylight … warmer sun. Join us for a picnic in the park. We’re spending the afternoon outside, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful flowers. Check out the Elizabeth O. Dulemba flowers. She’s drawn a Coloring Page Tuesday: Spring Blooms.

Follow Margaret down to The Earthly Paradise pond as she introduces us to Beautiful Children’s Books: The Wild Swans. Anne-Marie (My Readable Feast) is feeding some ducks by the water’s edge, thinking What’s in a name? Books for children named Oliver. Did you see David Cassell ( He has his rod and reel and is telling us a “fish tale” to Get Smart.

Over by the Cherry Blossom tree, Wayne Buckhanan, who is often thinking of Life, Love, & Learning, is leading a discussion about Upping the Downside with Self Knowledge. Two trees down (under the elm), Jonathan Calder, harkening back to Liberal England, is offering a light-hearted look at the news that Enid Blyton’s Famous Five return to television. Walk quietly toward those trees, because Chris Rettstatt is doing his YAuthor to Yauthor: Interview with Adam Rex.

Look over there. Kelly Fineman is playing with a tree branch, imagining the possibilities, in Writing and Ruminating – Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis posted at Writing and Ruminating.

Don’t feel like walking? Then relax right here. Abby Johnson (Abby (the) Librarian) has a bag full of books and is making quite a splash with some New Storytime Favorites. James Pottebaum, who decided to sneak away from the Junkyard Junction Forum for the afternoon, is telling us about Squirt’s New Home in Reviews for Junkyard Junction.

But where’s Terry? She sent us Random Review 1: Gone by Michael Grant, then ran off to What Happens Next to work on her yet-to-be-named-super-kewl-book-group for the April Carnival of Children’s Literature. It is odd, though, she was mumbling in rhyming couplets! It sounded oddly like NaPoWriMo? Ah, National Poetry Month is right around the corner.

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.

News You Can Use

Here’s some news that was sent to me courtesy of a weekly WashingtonPost email subscription.

The Partnership for Reading is offering a free 40-page booklet to help children become better readesr. The Partnership for Reading is a collaborative effort of the National Institute for Literacy, the US Department of Education, and the National Institute for Child Health and Development. As written in the eMail:

“The booklet will give you activities that you can do with your children, ages five to ten years, to help them read better.”

Each family can receive one free copy. To order multiple copies, call 1-800-228-8813 or visit this Web site:

Click here to get your copy of A Child Becomes a Reader: Kindergarten to Grade 3