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Archive for the 'Children’s Books' Category

Thu, September 12th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Year of the Jungle
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

In the reading world, we’re no strangers to the heart-racing, fictional fear and danger in Suzanne Collins’ dystopic Hunger Games series. But Collins explores fear of a different sort in her autobiographical picture book Year of the Jungle, out just this week. Collins presents her memories of the year her father was deployed to Vietnam, […]


Thu, September 5th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Fortunately, the Milk
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

He’s. Back. Neil Gaiman has a new picture book that answers hard-hitting questions, like: Will evil aliens redecorate by replacing all Earth’s mountains with throw cushions? And, if so, what will happen to Australier? Fortunately, the Milk tackles all this and more, with a “go-for-broke dairy deus ex machina” to boot. “Children will devour this […]


Thu, August 15th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Monkey Ono
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Ono? No, “Oh no!” Monkey Ono got left behind on Beach Day. Will he make it, resourceful little monkey that he is?


Fri, July 19th, 2013
ALA Virtual Conference Preview: A Conversation with Chitra Divakaruni
Posted by: Donna Seaman

A young woman leaves Calcutta to attend college in Chicago. She will live with an aunt and uncle she hasn’t seen since she was eight. Her expectations run high; she is shocked by how difficult their lives are. Yet when she steps out on the narrow balcony outside their humble apartment, she sees, “The skyscrapers […]


Thu, July 18th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Bully
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

The trailer for Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s Bully, out this August, is a lot like the book itself: “visually and verbally pared down to essentials, making it accessible to a wide age range.” Be a friend, not a bully!


Thu, May 2nd, 2013
Would You Like a Cupcake with That Red Herring?
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

In honor of Mystery Month, which we’ll be celebrating throughout May here at Booklist Online, I’ve put together a list of middle-grade mysteries with food themes. In the introduction, I mention Harriet the Spy’s tomato sandwiches, and apparently, I’m not the only one who’s tried to recreate Harriet’s iconic snack. Have your own favorite food moment […]


Thu, April 25th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: The Dark
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Right up there with “flushing the toilet with the bathroom door closed (because you could get sucked in!),” “the dark” is among the most common, very rational childhood (or adulthood, no judgment here) fears. What’s Lemony Snicket got to say about it? Are you sure you wanna go down there, little Laszlo?


Thu, March 14th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: A Little Book of Sloth
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

“Move over puppies, kittens, and piglets,” editor Ann Kelley warns. Sloths are the molasses-movin’ new game in town, subjecting us to their lazy yet indefatigable cuteness at every turn. All aboard the Bucket Express! (But please, take your time. Wouldn’t want anyone to pull a muscle.)


Thu, March 7th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Hank Finds an Egg
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Spring is just around the corner and you, like Hank, might find an egg: bird, easter, or Reese’s. Here’s one thing you could do with it. What does Hank do for the rest of the day? I would like to know everything about him.


Thu, November 15th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Chu’s Day
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

In this quick little trailer, Neil Gaiman. Tells us that he. Went to China. And held a baby giant panda. Who was the inspiration. For Chu’s Day. In summary: Baby giant panda. Baby giant panda. Baby giant panda. Baby panda. Sneezes. I can’t help but wonder though. If perhaps Neil Gaiman. Like 150,000,000 other people. […]





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