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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 […]

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By October 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Friday: The Book with No Pictures

If a Book Trailer Friday is the very thing you expected least today, it’s only in keeping with a trailer for a book you’d expect even least-er. Because it’s a picture book! With no pictures! B.J. Novak’s The Book with No Pictures (Dial) indeed contains zero pictures. Instead, it has a whole bunch of silly words and sounds […]

Posted in: Book Trailers, Kidlit, Video
Better Babysitting through Ghost Stories: Spooky Fun for Halloween

Better Babysitting through Ghost Stories: Spooky Fun for Halloween

Cindy: The Brothers Grimm knew that storytelling was good for teaching children to behave—if only they had also whipped up treats like granghoula bars, or peppermint bone rattlers, they’d have really had a captive audience. In Glen Huser’s The Elevator Ghost (2014), Caroline Giddle is a new resident at Blatchford Arms who offers her babysitting services […]

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By October 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Inside the Audiobook Studio with the Incomparable Jack Gantos

“I may have finished but the book lives on.” The incomparable Jack Gantos, award-winning author and narrator extraordinaire, discusses the recording of his fifth and final Joey Pigza book, The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza (2014), courtesy of Listening Library. Check out this video with Gantos in the recording studio, where he shares his thoughts on the power of […]

Murder on the Moon: Space Case, by Stuart Gibbs

Murder on the Moon: Space Case, by Stuart Gibbs

Lynn: BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! ALERT! ALERT! Terrific middle-grade book with huge boy appeal incoming! Prepare robotic arm to secure capture and arrival! OK, that introduction is more than a little cheesy but I really don’t want you to miss Space Case (2014). This is a highly sought-after, high-appeal book that also happens to be wonderfully written. […]

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The Blogger’s Desk

The Blogger’s Desk

Cindy and Lynn: One of our favorite out-of-print books is The Writer’s Desk (1996) by Jill Krementz. In it are her photographs of famous authors where they write and the great photos are accompanied by the authors’ musings on the writing process. Stephen King tipped back in an office chair with his feet on the desk […]

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A Superhero with Rabbit Ears: El Deafo, by Cece Bell

A Superhero with Rabbit Ears: El Deafo, by Cece Bell

Lynn: If you were going to tell the story of what it is like to lose your hearing as a child, adjust to that bewildering loss, cope with friendships, school, loneliness and public ignorance, how would you tell it? Would you think to tell it through graphic storytelling using a cast of rabbits? I certainly wouldn’t […]

Posted in: Bookends, Comics, Kidlit
Blindness Visible: Recent Books with Blind Characters

Blindness Visible: Recent Books with Blind Characters

Cindy: Have we run the course of characters with Asperger’s Syndrome? The new trend just might be characters who are blind. Last fall, my first blind student, Maria, arrived at one of my middle schools and she read more books last year using our audiobook collection than most of my sighted students got through. This year, I […]

Posted in: Bookends, Kidlit, YA
By September 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Best Freebie Friday Ever: Thousands of Ebooks FOREVER

Teachers and librarians, rejoice! Here’s the best Freebie Friday EVER. Thousands of ebooks for your unlimited use, for free, with NO END DATE OR LIMIT! Currently available for the iPad, Epic! is a fast-growing service developed by industry leaders to provide engaging, quality literature on tablets and digital devices. Even though I’m an Android user, […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Kidlit, News, Video
Which First Lines Will Make YOU Keep Reading?

Which First Lines Will Make YOU Keep Reading?

Cindy and Lynn: One of our favorite middle-school library contests is a First Lines Contest. We challenge students and staff to plunder the library collection to find strong opening lines that make them want to read more. This makes an easy bulletin board or website post and is a great kick-off to the school year. It’s […]

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