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Trailer Premiere & Interview: Becoming a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery

She writes for children. She writes for adults. She writes and she writes and she writes. Now she has a new book out and a new trailer. I talk to Sy Montgomery about what it really takes to be a “good creature” in 2020.

Author Fan Face-off: A Steve Sheinkin Video Production

Librarian Stacey Rattner and author Steve Sheinkin bring you the game show we’ve all been waiting for. Now answering the ultimate question: Who knows their books better? Authors? Or fans?

Camp Candlewick: Get to Know Ghetto Cowboy

I never attended a real sleepaway camp as a kid. Truthfully? I didn’t really want to. But the end result was that I never had the experience of so many other teens of being a camp counselor. Well, that STOPS today! Meet your new counselor Ms. Bird. It’s all part of Camp Candlewick, an online […]

Video Premiere: The Making of Nerp

“Fancy monster foods inspired by 1950s recipes.” Today I share Sarah Lynne Reul’s new behind-the-scenes video on the complex creation of her latest picture book, Nerp!

Recommended Science Videos and the Reluctant Homeschool Teacher

Perhaps you have found yourself thinking, “What I really wish I could find is a series of wonderful science programs for kids that they can watch for a little while.” Well, I located three modern alternatives that have led to some pretty great conversations (and home science experiments) and I want to share them with you today.

Thoughts (and Videos) of Hans Christian Andersen: The Journey of His Life

Hans Christian Andersen was a weird dude. Today I premiere a video that shows some art from a book about him. Whatta fella.

Book Chat with Molly Idle: In Which the Poor Woman Gets Interviewed Doubly

Victoria Stapleton, Little, Brown’s Executive Director of School & Library Marketing, has appeared on this blog before with a video series called Book Chat. But it’s not just Victoria doing the talky talk today. I got to ask Molly Idle a couple questions of my own first about her latest picture book, Coral. Take a gander at what came of it.

Ghosts of Newbery Past, Present and Future? Welcome to This Year’s 90-Second Newbery Film Festival

Stuck inside? Wanna watch some videos? Then welcome to the best of the best of the 90-Second Newbery Festival. Hamilton parodies, D&D spoofs, Westerns, Ninjas, and more abound!

What Cats Think: Book Trailer Premiere!

Today we take a trip over to the Netherlands. Specifically, to the expressive features and brightly colored paints of Mies Van Hout. To say that some of these images glow from their pages would not be an overstatement.

Book Trailer Reveal: Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul and John Parra

If a pile of money was suddenly plopped into your lap, what would you buy? Let’s say you had to spend the money on something superfluous. Something that wasn’t a necessity. What would you buy? I’d buy a Little Free Library. In lieu of that, I’ll do the next best thing and premiere the trailer for the upcoming book LITTLE LIBRARIES, BIG HEROES.

Book Trailer Premiere: Cape by Kate Hannigan

In author Kate Hannigan’s latest novel, the author switches gears a bit with Cape. It’s launching a series called “The League of Secret Heroes” and publishing with Simon & Schuster/Aladdin on August 6th. Kate was kind enough to share with me some background to the book. Get ready for Wonder Woman meets The Imitation Game.

Christmas in June? Book Trailer Premiere: The Great Santa Stakeout by Betsy Bird and Dan Santat!

Ho ho ho! They complain that Christmas arrives in stores earlier and earlier every year. Well I’m about to make such stores look like late lucys because today we’re celebrating my holiday-themed picture book collaboration with Dan Santat, coming out (interestingly enough) in September! Enjoy our goofy interview with one another.

Book Chat: LeUyen Pham on Bear Came Along

“It’s almost as if he grew a tree in a garden and didn’t allow any of the leaves to grow on it at all, it’s just the bare bones of a tree, and asked me to come in and decorate the tree. But without that strength of that tree, nothing would hold up on it.” LeUyen Pham and Victoria Stapleton talk about the fabulous picture book Bear Came Along.

Book Trailer Reveal: My Name is Wakawakaloch by Chana Stiefel and Mary Sullivan

Wrack my brain though I have, I can’t think of a picture book that specifically discusses the mispronunciation of the protagonist’s name. I mean, we’ve had lots of name-related picture books. My Name Is Yoon. Chrysanthemum. The Name Jar. Alma. But about the way you say it specifically? Hmmm.

Book Chat: Eliza Wheeler on When You Are Brave

Victoria Stapleton (of Little, Brown & Co.) interviews the illustrious artist Eliza Wheeler in a casual “Book Chat” about her upcoming book, WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE.