Many of us are familiar with a certain Scandinavian superstore whose name rhymes with “I’ll see ya!” Some of us might even love spending a whole day there, blissed-out on minimalist design, open-faced sandwiches and how good our Swedish is starting to sound! For some, though, a trip to I’ll-see-ya! is below a trip to the […]
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, […]
Out this month, Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, starred in Booklist, Book Group Buzz-ed about right here on The Booklist Reader, and a LibraryReads title for September, is a dystopian novel that begins during the first few days of a world-rampaging plague. Reviewer Kristine Huntley writes, “In the burgeoning postapocalyptic literary genre, Mandel’s transcendent, haunting novel deserves a […]
Of Scott Campbell’s picture book Hug Machine (Simon & Schuster), Sarah Hunter wrote, “a silly concept delightfully rendered.” And while I can’t say Sarah’s words alone would have led me to envision this trailer, I do think it qualifies for that same silly/delightful description. I try not to prescribe to exercise fads, but this might have potential. If the 90-Second […]
If you, or a reader you know, are in the mood for a scary/silly outer-space treat, look no further than today’s BTT for picture-book debut Earth Space Moon Base (Random). The bleepy-boingy soundtrack and effects are sure to cause giggles in children of all ages.
In addition to writing about food, (and so many other subjects!), Mark Kurlansky has found the time, for the last few years, to plan and create weekly elaborate meals with his 13 year-old daughter, Talia. Their literal spin on the tradition is to prepare cuisine from the precise location Talia’s finger lands on a spun […]
Like any good true-crime author, Jeff Cohen really gets into the mind of the perps in his shocking book-length exposé, Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever! (Harper). Conveniently, the squeaky-voiced “criminals” are his own adorable daughters: Sadie, the elder and reported wielder of scissors, and Eva, owner/occupant of the curly blond locks that, […]
Former National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka gives an insider’s look at the audiobook recording process in this sneak peek video captured while the author narrated Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor. Scieszka is a huge audiobook fan – his “Guys Read” website created by Listening Library has tons of ideas for parents & teachers […]
Ellen Hopkins, author of wildly popular novels in verse for teens, focuses in her latest, Rumble (Simon & Schuster), on faith and spirituality. The book’s dramatic trailer shows glimpes of the troubled protagonist and his brother’s suicide. Booklist reviewer Debbie Carton writes, “Hopkins’ novel taps into common themes of contemporary teen life, with dialogue and […]
Meet Zakir; he loves books. He’s also five years old, and maybe likes penguins. His interview style is…refreshingly offbeat. That’s pretty much all I know about him, though I’d certainly like to learn more. Here he is talking to author Mira Jacob about her debut novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing (Random).