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Trailer Reveal & Interview: A Peek at Derek Desierto’s ODDBIRD

I discuss the new picture book Oddbird with its creator Derek Desierto and premiere the book trailer.

It’s Heeeeeere . . The Poultrygeist Trailer Premiere

Is it already the Halloween season? It is not, and yet here we are considering the latest Pete Oswald/Eric Geron picture book, Poultrygeist. And why not? Roadkill doesn’t take a holiday, after all.

Book Trailer Reveal: No Pants! by Jacob Grant

It’s pantless picture book trailer premiere #2 this week! Jacob Grant brings us the story of a boy and his love of going pants free.

Book Trailer Reveal: Something’s Wrong! by Jory John and Erin Kraan

Today, it is my infinite pleasure to help reveal the brand new book trailer for New York Times-bestselling author Jory John (The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, etc.) and illustrator Erin Kraan’s brand new picture book Something’s Wrong! (on sale March 23).

Outside, Inside: The LeUyen Pham Interview and Trailer Reveal

I have the infinite pleasure of interviewing Ms. LeUyen Pham about her latest authored/illustrated picture book Outside, Inside, as well as premiering its trailer.

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.

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.

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.

Board Book Trailer Reveal: You Are Light by Aaron Becker

If you know Aaron Becker’s name it’s probably from that magnificent quest trio of picture books, Journey, Quest, and Return. Becker took a seemingly simple form, the picture book, and gave it breadth and depth without sacrificing child-interest and focus. But apparently that wasn’t enough of a challenge because now he’s created a board book and it’s a doozy of a marvel.

Book Trailer Premiere: It’s Not Hansel and Gretel by Josh Funk

It’s a little crazy but do you know how hard it is to find a decent edition of Jack and the Beanstalk these days? The Galdone version is, I’m sorry, really weird and the E. Nesbit too long. Honestly, one of the best versions I’ve run across is Josh Funk’s It’s Not Jack and the […]

Book Trailer Reveal: Lily & Kosmo in Outer Outer Space by Johnathan Ashey

The book trailer. It’s a weird invention. When publishers started to create them, the librarians, booksellers, and educators sat back and tried to figure out their ultimate purpose. It’s been a little more than a decade since their emergence and I don’t think we’re any closer to determining their final purpose. I’m working on a […]

Book Trailer Reveal: Meet the Latkes by Alan Silberberg

Every year in December I do this 31 Days, 31 Books series. On each day I present a different list full of the best of the year. Board Books one day. Funny picture books another. And somewhere in there I put out a list I like to call Transcendent Holiday Books. These are the books […]

Book Trailer Premier: Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races by K.D. Halbrook

When I was a kid I didn’t actually use my public library much. Like a lot of kids, it was the school library where I discovered the books that would be most beloved to me. And in one particular case, I found a book that stayed with me a very long time. I’m not sure […]