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The Night Before Thanksgiving

Cindy and Lynn: One of our favorite Thanksgiving books is Dav Pilkey’s Thanksgiving spin on the Clement Clarke Moore* poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (published in 1990, still in print 26 years later) looks at the holiday from the perspective of children on a school field trip to a farm. […]

By November 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Scrappy Little Nobody

This week, Anna Kendrick published her memoir, Scrappy Little Nobody (Touchstone). In anticipation, she also released a series of brief videos about the book. Though little, they certainly aren’t scrappy! In that humorous yet relatable fashion fans have come to expect from Kendrick, she talks about her jitters while writing in the video above. Be sure to also […]

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By November 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Like Magic

A piano melody trills as a young voice tells us about the friendship of poet Grace, painter Jada, and musician Malia. At the end of a summer turned upside-down, when loss and change seem unbearable, the three 10-year-olds are granted hope and comfort in the form of a hidden note in a secret box of the […]

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By November 3, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Phoenix

This week’s trailer opens like an episode of The Twilight Zone: ethereal mist slowly trickles over a black screen as a hushed narrator describes Lucky’s strange dream-ventures into space. The background jingles intensify as the constellations brighten, and Lucky—drawn like a two-toned comic character—reaches for a white-hot star. Suddenly, he awakes in his corporeal form, his bedsheet […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Du Iz Tak?

Be warned: today’s video is no book trailer! It is, rather, a brief interview with author/illustrator extraordinaire Carson Ellis. To promote the release of her latest picture book, Du Iz Tak? (Candlewick), Ellis taks, er, talks early artistic memories, great advice she’s received, and the creation of a wonderfully nonsensical language. A glimpse into the lives […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Hamstersaurus Rex

Corporate satire and body-building hamsters dominate this week’s Book Trailer Thursday. In Hamstersaurus Rex by Tom O’Donnell, a beloved classroom hamster overdoses on protein supplements and flies the coop, leaving awkward sixth-grader Sam Gibbs determined to find the cherished vermin. As John Peters explains in his Booklist review, “few could ever match aptly named Hamstersaurus Rex for loyalty and […]

Book Trailer Thursday: They All Saw a Cat

In this captivating take on perspective, author/illustrator Wenzel explores how a variety of different creatures perceive one brown house cat. To the dog, the cat looks lanky and jagged. To the child, the cat appears snuggly and soft. And to the fish, the cat is but two big bleary eyes. How will you see the cat? […]

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By October 6, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: I Am a Story

This week’s BTT celebrates the power of storytelling, particularly its ability to unite people from various eras and backgrounds. As inspirational, cinematic music plays, narrators of all ages briefly summarize the history of storytelling, be it oral, visual, or written. Colorful two-dimensional drawings illustrate these traditions, ranging from cavemen paintings and Egyptian hieroglyphics to censorship and e-readers. This adorable video shows how […]

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By September 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Born to Run

On Tuesday, rock legend Bruce Springsteen released his autobiography, Born to Run (Simon & Schuster), which June Sawyer lauds in her starred Booklist review: “Through the magic of his songs, and now the wizardry of his prose, Springsteen has healed many a heart by reimagining moments from his own life.” In the video above, Springsteen describes the origins of […]

By September 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Tasa’s Song

Inspired by her mother’s memories of growing up in eastern Poland during World War II, Linda Kass’s debut novel, Tasa’s Song (She Writes), follows the plight of Tasa and her Jewish family as they seek shelter in a friend’s underground bunker. For Tasa, recollections of “the sound and feel of her beloved violin” instill hope. […]

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