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Book Trailer Reveal: Heartbeat by Evan Turk

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Someday in the future, children’s literary scholars will specialize in fields like Historical Children’s Book Trailers. They will sift through a century or two’s worth of trailers, marking the significant changes, the highs, and the lows. And when they come to the late teens of this century, I hope that they’ll pause a moment and […]

Video Sunday: I Walk It Like I Talk It With a Wocket in My Pocket

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Maybe it was School of Rock that started the interest in working with children. Certainly the Goosebumps movie was an indication, and who can forget Jumanji? However you want to look at it, Jack Black at some point in the proceedings became the friendly face of children’s books adapted to the big screen. Considering the […]

Video Sunday: Wenzelian

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A Video Sunday!! How long has it been? Too darn long, that’s what I say. And as it just so happens, we’ve a veritable plethora of goodies for you!  So I think I’ll start with the official announcement of the very first Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards. I chaired the Children’s category this year, so […]

Video Sunday: “My hero, my mentor, and my friend in my head”

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Video Sunday is back, baby! After our extended month-long hiatus it’s time to stretch the old video muscles and get back in play. Now I don’t know about you, but this first video excites me considerably because it features an illustrator (and sometimes author) that I have never had the chance to see speak in […]

Video Sunday: Butterfly in the sky / I can go twice as high (thanks in large part to physics)…

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Happy news, neighborinos! Today I bring unto you a video from BookFest, a yearly celebration of children’s literature hosted (these days) by Bank Street College of Education. Kidlit TV recorded almost the entire thing live and then put it on air. This year I had the honor of moderating a panel discussion with funny folks […]

Video Sunday: In Retrospect, I Probably Should Have Saved These for Halloween

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Are you ready to be scared? Because I don’t know about you but I find this new adaptation of Peter Rabbit for the screen to be absolutely terrifying. What’s rather remarkable is how they managed to avoid poop jokes. Normally awfully trailers are just rife with them. Now there is a distinct possibility that if […]

Book Trailer Premiere: Sorcery for Beginners

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You know me. I’m a sucker for a clever book trailer. Book trailers in general are such a strange creation. No one knows the degree to which they influence readers to pick up their books. Yet there’s almost an art to their ephemeral creation. Today, we feature a book that is a pitch perfect example […]

Video Sunday: Storytime Now

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Top o’ the Sunday to you! Let’s get down to business, shall we? First up, the best of the best of the best. Now I have scoured the internet for information on whether or not documentarian Frederick Wiseman will be showing Ex Libris, his latest film on New York Public Library, on PBS any time […]

Book Chat Premiere: The Bad Mood and the Stick by Lemony Snicket, ill. Matthew Forsythe

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On occasion I will do a presentation that encapsulates the history of children’s literature on social media. It’s fairly simple. You start with listservs, move on to blogs, work in the rise of Twitter, and then close with a variety of examples of children’s books (or YA, though that’s a different animal for the most […]

Video Sunday: Don’t feed the plants

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Happy Day Before the Eclipse! We’ve a couple interesting videos to peruse today, so take your pick! First off, two recent ones from the live feed show I do with the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop. The first is a bit of an aberration since it involves me being interviewed, not the other way around. The lure? […]

Book Trailer Premiere: Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown, ill. John Parra

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Every generation gets the Frida Kahlo picture book biography it deserves.  Now at some point here I’m going to write an article about why some female figures get picture books biographies while others do not, and what trends in the greater pop culture landscape control these choices.  Happily, I am of the opinion that the […]

Book Trailer Premiere: How to Make Friends With a Ghost by Rebecca Green

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There are book trailer premieres and then there are book trailer premieres. When Tundra Books asked if I might be interested in premiering the trailer for Rebecca Green’s simply adorable How to Make Friends With a Ghost, I thought it might be fun. Still, you know what’s even more fun that a trailer premiere? A […]

Video Sunday: Smooth Brains

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Over at Read-Aloud Revival they hosted two of my favorite people in conversation. Honestly if you could just give Jeanne Birdsall and N.D. Wilson their own talk show, I would be first in line to be in the studio audience. Here’s how they described this talk at Anderson’s Bookshops: Jeanne and N.D. are good friends, […]

Video Sunday: “Butters. Plural.”

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I just love the Evanston Public Library crew. Our librarians are uniquely talented souls. For example, each year they produce a new stop animation summer reading video. This year they got a bit ambitious and upped their game to a stop animation Rube Goldberg summer reading video. In other news, I thought this next video […]

Book Trailer Premiere: Our Story Begins, edited by Elissa Brent Weissman

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You know, FUNNY GIRL wasn’t the only anthology out this year. I seem to recall quite a few of them gracing our bookstore and library shelves in 2017.  One of them struck me as particularly keen too.  Called Our Story Begins it contains actual books created by famous children’s book authors and illustrators when THEY […]