Welcome to the first Children’s Classics’ Carnival of 2009. We are looking forward to hearing about some of your favorite children’s books from your childhood days or perhaps your thoughts on some of your children’s favorite books.
Since it is the first of the year, we thought we’d re-describe what this carnival is all about. As Jennifer said when we first kicked this thing off:
What’s considered a classic as far as children’s literature goes? Well, that’s up for interpretation, since children’s books go in and out of print more than adult literature that is decades old. But a classic work, regardless of target age, should be a book people have heard of. You may not have read it, but the name would probably spark some sort of “a-ha.”
This month we invite you to share a title of your choosing. During the months of February and March we would like to focus on particular child authors.
In the month of February we will be focusing on books by A.A. Milne. You can select the book, books or specific characters that you would like to talk and share about with the group.
In the month of March we will do the same with books by Beatrix Potter.
During the month of April we would like to have a theme that is suggested by one of our readers. Think over what books or authors or categories of children’s literature that you might like to have everyone discuss. Who knows! We might pick YOUR suggestion and promote it. Let us hear your thoughts of where you’d like to see this carnival go during April. We look forward to hearing your ideas!
And now without further ado, please link up to your direct blog post describing your favorite children’s classic here:
Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.
Love the next 2 months Classics, and I’ll be thinking of an April carnival theme. Very fun!
Okay, I’ve been thinking about new themes, and I came up with a few. I have not thoroughly looked through the archives to see if they’ve been done before, but here goes:
1. dog stories, or, a focus on a single one like Where the Red Fern Grows, Old Yeller, Big Red, Sounder, or Shiloh
2. Frances Hodgson Burnett
3. More Newberys
4. Mystery month
5. Girl heroine month
6. Coming-of-age month
7. Adventure month
Jennifer, Snapshot (and 5M4B) says
Love some of Amy’s suggestions. I would also like to see the Newbery’s covered again sometime, and I love the idea of “dog stories” (or whatever theme) that could be applied to chapter books or picture books.
Another thought I had was “future classics.” What modern books are destined to be classics — for example, your beloved Benedict Society books. Along those same lines (in addition or instead of), we could do “Reads like a Classic,” which you might like more. Some of the same books might fit in, but I have a couple of books that I’ve read that were written in the last few years that could have just as easily been written 40 years ago, and I love to point Amanda to those kinds of books.
Oooh I’ll be thinking about your question here. My post is up! Sorry about the double link – can you delete the first one (#6 – Emma’s First Christmas)? Thanks so much for hosting this, I’m glad I could be a part of this one!
Amy’s ideas are great! I love the “dog” theme. That’s actually something you could carry through annually. Each year the animal month could be a different animal.
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What about a Book Field Trip. When I write a review I sometimes Google the author, book, or illustrator and I’m coming across a lot of fun museums. I’ve never heard of any of them which makes me wonder what other fun book related museums are around.
Or maybe you could do a post on a Field Trip inspired by a book. Such as a trip to PetSmart after reading Clifford. That kind of thing.
Anything that takes you from the pages of the book to action.
I thought of a few more:
A Girl of the Limberlost and/or Freckles
time travel month (I did a project once on JF and YA time travel novels; there are quite a few good ones out there.)
a certain time period (I’m thinking of Karen Cushman books here)
the possibilities truly are endless!
Looks like Mr. Linky is down, but here’s the link I did for this month’s carnival. Yes, I know, I’m a day late. 🙂
Gosh the longer I sit here the bigger the smile becomes on my face. I have always loved to read, so my childhood favorites are flooding my brain-what a fun trip down memory lane!!!