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We’re ringing in the new year in style, with fireworks and cotton candy and all the rides and treats you can stand! Since it is a new year, quite a few of my fellow bloggers and I have focused on the new.

Shelf-Employed asks the compelling question “What’s new in the library world?” And the answer might surprise readers: “perhaps our greatest challenge is to ensure that we use the latest technology to do our ages-old job.”

So are you now interested in how libraris make their decisions? Jean Little Library presents an inside look at collection development for the young adult department for new year. Take a look.

Many bloggers, librarians, and literary like-minded people were anticipating the Newbery and Caldecott winning authors to pay a visit to the Today show and were disappointed when it didn’t take place. Gregory reflects on the possible reasons over at GottaBook, and asks what we can do to make books better for TV viewers.

An edited version of Mark Twain has also been getting a lot of buzz on the blogosphere recently.
Rick Marazzani of MindPosts has posted his opinion, stating “I love books, hate censorship, loathe racism, and really enjoyed The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.”

Katie Davis posted a podcast (a few days early) in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in which she scores a much coveted interview with Dr. Alan Gribben, who has made waves by suggesting the substitution of words in Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. She also has several links to various points of view regarding the debate that are worth checking out. *Note* I had to download it to my computer and access it through Media Player, as it wouldn’t play past the first minute from her website. Do you have a new opinion after listening to the discussion?

Lori Calabrese recently had the opportunity to interview Ellen Schreiber about her attraction to writing paranormal and the evolution of the Vampire Kisses series.

Teaching Authors is not only interviewing Cynthia Leitich Smith (author of Tantalize, Eternal, and most recently Blessed), they’re also featuring her book trailer and giving away a copy of Blessed! You have until Feb. 2nd to enter, so visit their post.

Lee Wind at I’m Here, I’m Queer. What the Hell do I Read? gives a wonderful interview with Mo Willems, who has recently received yet another award, this time a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor for We Are In A Book! One of the memorable quotes:

“Branding” is what you do to cattle. Being true to your sensibility and open to new challenges is what you do to build a career. I trust my audience will allow me to follow my evolving interests if I continue to give them my best efforts when I do.

Another award-winning author gets interviewed at Tales from the Rushmore Kid, so head on over and witness Susan Campbell Bartoletti stopping by to answer some questions.

Want more? Bethanie Murguia presents a behind the scenes look at her office (also known as the kitchen) before and during a project. One commenter proclaims that it’s the “best wallpaper I have ever seen!”

Aaron Mead gives new life to a self-described “dormant” series on how to choose children’s books. This latest post in describes how exemplary characters can give children’s books developmental value.

Bloggers, whether we intend to or not, are influencing a new generation of readers. Sometimes it’s good to think back to how you felt when you finally learned a new skill. Cath in the Hat reminisces about what it was like the first time she read by herself.

Book Aunt is providing an introduction of sorts to graphic novels, ranging from grade-school all the way to adult. Be sure to check out the comments, where readers suggest additional titles.

A whole generation of children might only be familiar with the Disney version of Peter Pan. Others might have recently read Peter and the Starcatchers. But Veronica at The Fox Wood reminds us that the original was not what we might remember it to be.

Anastasia Suen presents the Carnival for New Readers, which celebrates “easy readers and illustrated chapter books to encourage kids working to become successful readers.” This month, kindergarteners everywhere can count the days to the 100th day of school.

Interested in what the kids are thinking? We had several bloggers solicit opinions.
Pat Zietlow Miller presents a review (with help from a very adorable guest reviewer named Josie, age 6) of Bella and Stella Come Home by Anika Denise and illustrated by Christopher Denise, which tells the story of Bella and her stuffed elephant Stella as they move to a new house.

Four-year-old Emmy steps in to help her mom feature books, a poem, activities, and even a video about snow at Emmy’s Book of the Day.

For some books, one child reviewer just isn’t enough. The Bookie Woogie transcribes the opinions of his four children, Gracie (10), Lily (7), Elijah (5) and Isaac (12) regarding Chalk by Bill Thomson. Mom also makes a guest appearance to voice her opinion about this picture book that reminds me of a scene from Mary Poppins. What do you think?

Johnny Boo (age 5) gives us his perspective of Little Mouse Gets Ready over at LitLad. Written and illustrated by Jeff Smith, the editor’s note states that it’s “one of 11 beginning graphic novels put out by Toon Books that are aimed at the preschool and early elementary crowd.”

Kerry is starting something new for this new year, and you can follow along at her blog, Picture Books and Pirouettes. She’s recommending a picture book for a dance educator to use with her creative movement class. First up is Lisa Brown’s debut picture book How to Be. I don’t know about you, but I’m intrigued!

The Cave of the Mishzilla presents a review of an old favorite, The Little White Horse, with new packaging.

Feeling a little blue this winter? You’re not the only one. Jacket Knack points out that there’s a lot of that going around, especially with new YA fiction. Did they forget any?

Another cover that’s getting some buzz is the newest publication of The Secret River by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. It won the Newbery Honor back in 1956. Rasco From RIF features it in one of her Cover Stories, and provides background information on the author, illustrator, and the argument over whether it’s eligible for the Caldecott Award next year.

Originally posted on PBS Booklights, Jen Robinson of JKRBooks brings new life to an old post about ongoing series featuring strong female characters.

Julie Stiegemeyer of Jottings and Such brings to light a new picture book challenge hosted by There’s a Book where you can pledge to read a certain number of books either by yourself or with someone. She’s provided reviews of the first five out of her pledged 120 which she got off the new shelf at her library.

Read Aloud Dad presents a magnificent way that you can keep your expenses down as a parent, while providing your kids with dozens and dozens of new picture book classics. Rather than buying used books, you could buy one (or both) of these anthologies.

Storied Cities provides a review of Tommaso and the Missing Line, which she admits captured her attention with the “whimsical beginning” and “the tangerine orange page.

Brimful Curiosities provides a printmaking craft suggestion for use with A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead and illustrated by Erin Stead, the newest Caldecott winner.

Jeff Barger at NC Teacher Stuff presents Yuck! That’s Not a Monster written by Angela McAllister and illustrated by Alison Edgson. He says it was a “popular read aloud in my class.” I’m thinking this is a combination of the Ugly Ducking meets Monsters, Inc.

Dude. No, I’m not calling you a dude, I’m talking about the book by award-winning author Christopher Aslan and illustrated by Emily Mullock. Have no idea what I’m talking about? Pay a visit to BookDads, where Chris Singer talks about this nearly wordless picture book. Chris asks “Have you ever thought about a word being worth a thousand feelings?”

Tomie dePaola won the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award this year, which honors an author or illustrator whose books have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. De Paola has authored and illustrated more than 200 children’s books, but Children’s Books to Love reviews her personal favorite, Pancakes for Breakfast.

The only teen fiction of the bunch, Litland provides a review of Awakening by Claudia Cangilla McAdam, which she describes as an accurate portrayal of a teen’s life in both modern and ancient times.

Tammy, blogging at Apples With Many Seeds, reviews not one but two books about X-Rays, photographed by Nick Veasey. In her e-mail to me, she writes “My preference leans towards the first book which has more teaching potential because of its creative presentation, than the second book. However, if a book is needed about x-rays, how they work and their importance,then X-treme x-ray is the one to consider.”

Simply Science Blog introduces us to a new book, Journey into the Deep by Rebecca Johnson, which explores the fascinating array of marine life within the deepest ocean and reveals the myriad unknown creatures living there. There are a couple of ideas for activities, but my most pressing question: What IS that thing on the cover?

Carrie’s Comfy Cozy Reading Nook blogs 14 Cows for America, which reveals how Kenyan cows can help a nation heal after September 11th.

Wendie Old of Wendie’s Wanderings says that “Sometimes you simply decide not to write a book because there’s a much better one already on the shelves.” Case in point: Take the Lead, George Washington, written by Judith St. George and illustrated by Daniel Powers.

Trina over at Book Loving Boys proves that new books can be funny and interesting, even if they are *gasp* educational. How did she do it? Read more here.

Looking for a biography about someone a little more current? Head over to Great Kid Books and read a review of Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson. Illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler, who won Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe Award for New Talent in Illustration, it tells the story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Children’s War brings to everyone attention the book Wind Flyers by Angela Johnson. Described as a having “minimal text, yet so much is conveyed,” the review post is also informative, packed with links and statistics about the Tuskegee Airmen.

And finally, have you ever been tempted to get away from it all? Librarians nationwide might want to take note of the blog Playing by the Book, since the Collaborative Summer Reading theme is One World, Many Stories. For this Carnival, Zoe has posted book themed destinations in Sweden. Upcoming posts will include Norway, Iceland, and Denmark.

Thank you for visiting our January Carnival of Children’s Literature! Please mark your calendars for
February as it will be posted at Kristi’s Book Nook (I’ll update this post with the Carnival’s link when it’s posted next month.) If I messed up any links or forgot anyone, please let me know. Comments are appreciated, but first-timers will have to be approved.