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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 […]


Mon, July 23rd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Kurtis Scaletta
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Kurtis Scaletta likes to write about baseball. Wait a sec . . . baseball?! That’s catnip for writers of introductions! Let’s see how many clichés I can squeeze-play (thats 1!) into this thing. After really throwing some heat (2) with Mudville, Scaletta proved he had the mechanics (3) to uncork a wild pitch (4) with […]


Mon, July 9th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Lisa Brown
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Lisa Brown may be the most anonymous name since “John Smith,” but damn if she isn’t out to own that particular Google search. No demographic is safe from her bestselling authoring and illustrating and cartooning and general overall excelling (examples: Picture the Dead, How to Be). Sources tell me that she also cohabits with Lemony […]


Thu, May 31st, 2012
Booklist Youth Forum 2012
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

By tradition, Friday nights at ALA Annual Conference belong to the Booklist Youth Forum. We are especially excited to announce our 2012 panelists, a who’s who of popular authors outspoken on this year’s topic: “Guy Writers Talk Guy Readers.” Michael Grant, author of the bestselling Gone series and the new novel BZRK. Jon Scieszka, former […]


Wed, May 30th, 2012
In Memory: Leo Dillon and Ellen Levine
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

This week marks the deaths of two multiple-award-winning children’s book creators:  Leo Dillon and Ellen Levine . In this online space, we invite you to share your personal stories about Dillon and Levine and the impact that their books have made on you, on the young people in your lives, and on the field of […]


Fri, May 11th, 2012
The Gashlycrumb Tinies
Posted by: Katharine

My first encounter with Mr. Edward Gorey’s work was the opening to PBS’s Mystery! At the tender young age of seven I was afraid of everything from blood to flies,  so why I sat down to watch the TV show with my parents  eludes me.  I’m guessing, however, that the stentorian opening voice and lively […]


Sat, March 31st, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Hunger Games
Posted by: David Pitt

The Hunger Games, in cinemas now, is based—you probably know this, but just in case—on the 2008 novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The story’s about a teenaged girl, Katniss Everdeen, who competes in a to-the-death contest against other teens in a widely popular reality show. It’s an intriguing story with a premise […]


Thu, March 29th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Out in April, Mo Willems’ latest Duckling Gets a Cookie!? apparently ruffled some international pigeon feathers. Click the image below to watch the official newsreel on EW.com. Content not rated. Cookies harmed. “Poop” mentioned. It has certainly been a pigeon-y week here at Likely Stories.


Fri, March 23rd, 2012
Don’t Let the Pigeon Use All the LEGOs
Posted by: Keir Graff

On Andertoons, Mark Anderson shows you how you can build Mo Willems’ famous pigeon out of LEGOs. If you have all the bricks you need on hand, however, you’re either a master builder or a licensed dealer. Writes Mark: It took three different orders (one from a seller in France) and about two weeks, but […]





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