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Keir Graff and editors from Booklist's adult and youth departments write candidly about books, book reviewing, and the publishing industry

Archive for the 'Children’s Books' Category

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. […]


Thu, November 8th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: In the Air
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

BTT wants to mesmerize your Thursday troubles away. This trailer for In the Air depicts author/illustrator Brian Biggs’ time-lapse drawing of the cover for this latest entry in the Everything Goes series. Booklist reviewer Carolyn Phelan advises to consider multiple copies. While kids are waiting their turn with the book, they might enjoy seeing this […]


Thu, July 26th, 2012
Books by Booklist Authors: Lucy’s Tricks and Treats
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Congratulations to Books for Youth Senior Editor Ilene Cooper on the release of her latest title in the popular Absolutely Lucy series! The fifth book, Lucy’s Tricks and Treats, is being published this week and follows third-grader and Bobby and his adorable beagle Lucy through a mysterious Halloween season. After new boy Jack arrives, all […]





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