Book Trailers

Book Trailer Thursday: How This Book Was Made

The charming characteristic of knowing how to laugh at one’s self is an attribute commonly affirmed, but perhaps never so well exemplified as in this week’s Book Trailer Thursday. In a series of delightfully quirky video fragments, author Mac Barnett and illustrator Adam Rex expose the creative environment that shaped their most recent foray into metafiction: How This Book Was Made (Disney/Hyperion). Acknowledging a […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: I Will Send Rain

With a humbling look to the past, this Thursday’s featured trailer gives life to the subject of Rae Meadow’s newest book I Will Send Rain, (Holt). Through the fictitious, yet unnervingly human, story of the Bull family, this forthcoming historical novel explores the struggles that real families endured during one of America’s most desperate crises: the Dust Bowl. The book trailer […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Hamilton Affair

In this week’s installment of Book Trailer Thursday, author Elizabeth Cobbs explores the historical and creative backdrop of her forthcoming novel, The Hamilton Affair (Arcade). Navigating the fierce conflicts and tempestuous romance of America’s most trendy founding father, Cobbs voices her own take on the story of Alexander Hamilton as she brings to life what she calls “one of the most remarkable stories, of all time, as well as […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: You’ll Grow Out of It

Comedian Jessi Klein’s collection of essays navigates the complexities of adulthood, womanhood, and stock shelves at Trader Joe’s (all right, that last one is a joke). The trailer reflects the humorous yet relatable nature of her work—which makes sense, given her experience as a lead writer for big hit comedies like Inside Amy Schumer. In this trailer, […]

Book Trailer Thursday: A Child of Books

This Book Trailer Thursday, celebrate Booklist’s Wednesday Review of the Day—and the impact of imagination—by “sail[ing] across a sea of words” with Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston. For this “sneak peek” of their upcoming homage to literature, A Child of Books (Candlewick)—out this September—prepare to navigate waves of words (Winston is known for his typography), […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Misadventures of Max Crumbly

Author the bestselling Dork Diaries, Rachel Renee Russell has created another upbeat series about the awkwardness of  being an outcast in middle school, beginning with The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero (Aladdin). In the trailer, an enthusiastic narrator describes Max’s greatest dreams (becoming a superhero) and embarrassments (getting stuffed in his locker). Over a notebook paper background, a free […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Return

Since the release of Caldecott Honor-winner, Journey, in 2013, Aaron Becker has been dazzling readers with exquisitely detailed wordless picture books. In Return (Candlewick), the series finale, Becker’s “dauntless heroine” is back!—this time, with her father. Together, the two journey to the enchanted land of Journey and Quest to take on what Booklist reviewer, Jesse Karp, calls a most “insidious […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Storyteller

In today’s video, Evan Turk, author and illustrator of the Storyteller (Atheneum), shows us how he crafted his rich, ancient-yet-modern watercolors about a boy who saves his kingdom from dehydration. The process, which he learned in Morocco (where the story takes place), includes sponging indigo ink, painting with tea and sugar, and watching the colors transform over an […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Painting Pepette

What do you get when you blend buoyant pen-and-ink illustrations, Parisian accordion music, iconic twentieth-century artists, and an adorable rabbit? A ridiculously charming book trailer, of course! Watch as Josette Bobette—of 9 Rue Laffette—and bunny, Pepette, brave the bustling Montmartre of 1920s Paris to secure a most perfect portrait. A tale of one little girl […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Battlefield Earth

This summer, Galaxy Press is re-releasing a special, twenty-first century edition of L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth in both print and audio. In the trailer, a riveting score ramps up the battle’s import while video game-like spaceships bomb a city. The result is very cinematic, which is especially fitting for an audiobook that includes sound effects, musical scores, and 67 actors playing 198 […]