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Sunday, February 26 is Carnival Day, where we celebrate carnies, food on sticks, and coaster rides. Carnivals are full of fun times for friends and families, and if you don’t have one in your area, these books are sure to share some joy with you. Whether it’s a ring toss to win a stuffed bear or a tent of acrobats and animals performing wild tricks, let’s celebrate carnivals today.
At the Carnival!, by Hunter Reid; illus. Stephanie Hinton (Little Bee Books) — Fiction, Board Book, Concepts, Series, 0-3.
Carnival Caper (Hotel Flamingo Series), written and illustrated by Alex Milway (Kane Miller) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Action / Adventure, Series, ages 7-12.
Carnival in a Fix: A Not-So-Impossible Tale, by Philip Reeve; illus. Sarah McIntyre (Random House Books for Young Readers) — Fiction, Prose, Action / Adventure, Humor, Animals, ages 7-12.
Carnival Magic, by Amy Ephron (Penguin Young Readers / Puffin Books) — Fiction, Prose, Sci-F/Fantasy, Series, ages 7-12.
A Carnival of Cats, by Charles Ghigna; illus. Kristi Bridgeman (Orca Book Publishers) — Fiction, Board Book, Animals, Music / Art, ages 0-3.
The Case of the Crooked Carnival, by Michele Torrey; illus. Barbara Johansen Newman (Union Square Kids) — Fiction, Prose, Mystery / Thriller, Series, ages 7-12.
Coast City Carnival Chaos (The Amazing Adventures of the DC Super-Pets Series), by Steve Korté; illus. Art Baltazar (Capstone / Picture Window Books) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Action / Adventure, Series, ages 4-6.
Cuphead in Carnival Chaos: A Cuphead Novel, by Ron Bates; illus. StudioMDHR Entertainment Inc. (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) — Fiction, Graphic Novel, Action / Adventure, Humor, Series, ages 7-12.
The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories About Mythic Heroes, by Carlos Hernandez, Graci Kim, J. C. Cervantes, Kwame Mbalia, Rebecca Roanhorse, Rick Riordan, Roshani Chokshi, Sarwat Chadda, Tehlor Kay Mejia, and Yoon Ha Lee (Disney Press / Rick Riordan Presents) — Fiction, Prose, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action / Adventure, ages 7-12.
Desmond Pucket and the Cloverfield Junior High Carnival of Horrors, by Mark Tatulli (Andrews McMeel Publishing) — Fiction, Graphic Novel, Humor, Series, ages 7-12.
Steve Goes to Carnival, by Joshua Button and Robyn Wells; illus. Joshua Button (Candlewick Press) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Holidays, Music / Art, ages 4-6.
Untamed City: Carnival of Secrets, by Melissa Marr (HarperCollins) — Fiction, Prose, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Romance, Series, Teen.
Celebrate Carnival Day by reading a book!
List compiled by CBC’s resident holiday expert, Sommer Wissner. Check out other CBC Holiday book lists on our blog.