Tag: children’s fiction

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Book Trailer Thursday: RUNNY BABBIT RETURNS

The trailer for Shel Silverstein’s Runny Babbit Returns will warm the heart of anyone familiar with the beloved children’s poet. It is a collection of 41 never-before-published poems and drawings, which features Runny and other endearing characters who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own. As Booklist editor Ilene Cooper says in her review, “Kids will laugh out […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: ON A MAGICAL DO-NOTHING DAY

The trailer for Beatrice Alemagna’s On A Magical Do-Nothing Day (Harper Kids) captures the magic of the book’s illustrations with animation. It shows the story of a child  forced to find fun outdoors when Mom takes away their video game. Outside, the child runs into four snails that demonstrate how fun a boring, rainy day can […]

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A Summer Story in Poems: WHEN MY SISTER STARTED KISSING

A Summer Story in Poems: WHEN MY SISTER STARTED KISSING

Lynn: For many lucky families, summer means time at the lake, with swimming, boating, fishing, cozy cottages on rainy days, and the ever-present sights and smells of the water.Helen Frost’s new verse novel, When My Sister Started Kissing (2017), gets all these details just right. Ten-year-old Claire, her older sister Abigail, and her widowed father have always […]

THE LOTTERYS PLUS ONE: Emma Donoghue Writes for Middle-Graders

THE LOTTERYS PLUS ONE: Emma Donoghue Writes for Middle-Graders

Cindy: I grew up watching The Brady Bunch, but I can only imagine what fun someone could have with the new, millennial version of a blended family presented in The Lotterys Plus One (2017). When Lynn and I learned that Emma Donoghue (The Wonder, Room) had written her first middle-grade novel, we weren’t sure what to expect. […]

Boring, Illinois is Anything But in THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE

Boring, Illinois is Anything But in THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE

Cindy: Hang on to your soccer ball and watch out for wild boars. . . have we got an adventure for you! Keir Graff’s new middle-grade novel, The Matchstick Castle (2017) is pure, wacky fun. [Editor’s note: Keir is both the executive editor of Booklist and the editor emeritus of The Booklist Reader.]  Protagonist Brian’s summer […]

Book Trailer Thursday: I Am Not a Chair!

Unfortunately for Giraffe, a timid critter with a regrettably flat back, fellow jungle creatures have taken to mistaking him for a chair. Here, a massive rhino, hulking hippo, and “human with questionable taste in décor” take turns lounging upon the increasingly irked ruminant as he struggles to find his voice. What will it take for […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Caterpillar Dreams

Caterpillars have dreams, too—“Incredible, impossible-seeming” ones, at that. And Henri, the pint-sized star of Clive McFarland’s latest picture book, Caterpillar Dreams (Harper), out January 17, knows it. Determined to leave the garden he calls home, Henri floats atop birds, flowers, and fish—all before sprouting wings of his own—in this wonderful watercolor adventure. As Randall Enos […]

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Help Students Find a Poetic Voice with CATCHING A STORYFISH

Help Students Find a Poetic Voice with CATCHING A STORYFISH

Cindy: Moving to a new place and changing schools present challenges for many children, so books that chronicle the experience are always welcome, especially when they are as good as Catching a Storyfish (2016), told in verse, by Janice N. Harrington. Keet moves from Alabama to Illinois (as the author did as a child) and, like all […]

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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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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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