Tag: New Out of the Box

Moonshine for a Review? Adulting Looks Like Fun

Moonshine for a Review? Adulting Looks Like Fun

  Cindy: I’m used to getting some strange marketing packages from publishers, but this week a notable one showed up: a book called If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss, a box of buttermilk biscuit mix, and a small, empty bottle of branded moonshine. Wait. Moonshine? Why is my bottle empty? Fortunately, before I accused […]

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ALA Euphoria

ALA Euphoria

Lynn and Cindy: We are back from the inspiring ALA Midwinter Meetings in Atlanta and beginning to catch up on sleep and work. During that historical moment, it was perfect to be with so many like-minded people. Suffice it to say, the word “march” turned out to be a major theme that weekend. The Youth Media […]

Cindy and Lynn’s Summer Reading

Cindy and Lynn’s Summer Reading

Cindy and Lynn: We so enjoyed K-8 librarian Gundry Rowe’s recent post for the Booklist Reader, Summer Reading At Last, that we thought we’d do our own. In her post, Gundry says she brought home a couple dozen books from her library to read this summer—and we’ve stocked up as well. Since our middle-school campus is under construction, access […]

Real or Fake? You CAN Mail a Coconut!

Real or Fake? You CAN Mail a Coconut!

Cindy: The mailman delivered April Fool’s Day early this week! I came home from work and found a coconut on my porch—a coconut plastered with postage stickers and address labels. After I got over my shock, I picked it up and shook it. Liquid sloshed around inside. It was real! Closer inspection revealed labels promoting a new series […]

Teens STILL Love Print Books! (Especially When Rick Riordan Is Writing Them)

Teens STILL Love Print Books! (Especially When Rick Riordan Is Writing Them)

Lynn: Oh, how I wish all those people who loudly proclaim the death of print books could have been at our book-club meeting this past week! Let me set the stage. Teens are buzzing in, depositing stacks and stacks of books in the return bin and beelining straight to the shelves to resupply. After all, […]

Books Worth Brawling For: 7 YA Favorites from Cindy and Lynn

Books Worth Brawling For: 7 YA Favorites from Cindy and Lynn

Lynn and Cindy: Between the two of us, we have two after-school book clubs. One is for students in grades 6-12 that we started fourteen years ago when Cindy first went on the Best Books for Young Adults committee, and another is for fifth graders, which Lynn leads with one of our elementary librarians. All […]

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Happy Birthday, Harry Houdini!

Happy Birthday, Harry Houdini!

Cindy: Today, March 24th, is the anniversary of Harry Houdini’s birth. Yesterday, we blogged about a new book for young magicians, and today we feature Brian Selznick’s magical art in his reissued book, The Houdini Box (originally 1991). My sixth grade students are crazy about The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck and keep asking me for […]

New Out of the Box: Using Book Swag to Get Kids Reading

New Out of the Box: Using Book Swag to Get Kids Reading

Cindy: I so enjoy coming home to new boxes of books but sometimes I don’t know what to make of the occasional extra special promotional book shipments I receive from publishers. Lots of packaging, cool gimmicks, a bit of a hard sell . . . they sometimes make me feel guilty. But last spring I […]

There's No Place Like Home…

There's No Place Like Home…

Cindy and Lynn: We are safely home from #alaac14 and all we can say, is that if we ever have to return to Las Vegas for an ALA conference, we want a super hero like Gene Luen Yang’s The Shadow Hero to accompany us. You’ll have to get the stories from others. Forget the cliche, […]

Thank You with a Cherry on Top!

Thank You with a Cherry on Top!

Cindy: I know that I am supposed to be focusing on what I am thankful for this week, but a new book delivery has diverted my attention. A package on my porch revealed an interior gift box with a paper bow. I’m used to special packaging for books that publishers are excited to promote, but […]