Book Trailers

Book Trailer Thursday: Home

Carson Ellis’ picture-book debut, Home (Candlewick), showcases many types of homes for all kinds of creatures. In her starred review, Ilene Cooper calls out Ellis’ fanciful details that will keep kiddos returning for second and third peeks at pages. This author-interview style trailer features Ellis’ charming home, workspace, and shelves of books, all of which […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Sidewalk Flowers

This sweet trailer for Sidewalk Flowers, by JonArno Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith, takes advantage of the medium to do and show what the book can’t; birds chirp and fly and dust motes float through the air. Still and all, though, don’t expect any words. We just can’t get enough of Sidewalk Flowers!

Book Trailer Thursday: March: Books One and Two

Though not a trailer, today’s timely video will no doubt generate interest in March: Book One and Book Two by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell. In this clip from his Daily Show appearance earlier this week, Lewis talks to Jon Stewart about his experiences as a Freedom Rider 50 […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Without the lyrics, the song in this trailer for Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest (Little, Brown) could almost be a lullaby. With the lyrics, though, it’s a few shades chillier than “Rock-a-bye Baby.” Sarah Hunter says, “Black’s stark, eerie tone; propulsive pacing; and fulsome world building will certainly delight her legion of […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Opposite of Spoiled

What is the most expensive thing in the world? What does it mean to be rich? Are there people who get rich from doing bad things? No, you’re not taking a personality quiz and, no, your responses won’t be graded. New York Times Columnist Ron Lieber asks these questions and more of a pint-sized audience […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Touch

In his Booklist starred review, David Pitt wrote that Claire North’s Touch (Redhook) is “a hugely imaginative story, with some seriously out-there elements… the kind of book you sort of sit there and just think about for awhile after you’ve finished reading it, processing it, wrapping your head around it.” And I believe him, as […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Paper Hearts

The trailer for Courtney Walsh’s Paper Hearts (Tyndale House) features the author herself, finding–and also hiding–heart-shaped notes all over her house. It’s a fun idea for a trailer, a literal take on the title and not necessarily the novel’s content. Of the book, reviewer Carolyn Richard writes, “Walsh creates a palpable will-they-or-won’t-they dynamic that will […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Crossover

Riding the wave of excitement following Monday’s 2015 Youth Media Award announcements at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, I thought it would be fun to share a trailer for the winner of the 2015 John Newbery Medal: Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover. This five-minute, so-labeled extended version features two Kwames, and lots of happy kids, teachers, […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Mosquitoland

The trailer for David Arnold’s debut novel Mosquitoland (Viking) is intriguing and bare. It becomes more intriguing still when you throw in the Booklist starred review. As narrator Mim takes a runaway-odyssey to reach her unwell mother, joining “memorable, inventive characters” along the way, “Arnold never lets up on the accelerator of life’s hard lessons,” […]

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Promise You’ll Write? A Picture Book for Young Friends Facing Separation

Cindy: It’s hard when best friends move away. The title page spread of Herman’s Letter (2014), by Tom Percival, has a messy pile of photos and ticket stubs from all of the fun that this bear and raccoon have had together over the years. When Henry the raccoon has to move away, the friends are “devastated […]