The Classroom Bookshelf
February 4, 2022 by Betsy Bird
Sometimes a board book is so beautiful, only the loveliest of book trailers will suffice. Today we celebrate the upcoming publication of the latest from Aaron Becker.
September 25, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Like book trailers? Like googly eyes? Then, baby, you're going to love today's premiere from Erica Perl and Jonathan Fenske.
August 26, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Today I premiere the trailer for the latest book in the trilogy, Friends Forever. Coming out August 31st the book takes place when Shannon was in 8th grade and all the awfulness (and wonder) of middle school proceeds.
April 16, 2021 by Betsy Bird
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.
September 24, 2020 by Betsy Bird
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.
May 15, 2019 by Betsy Bird
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.
February 12, 2019 by Betsy Bird
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.
November 29, 2018 by Betsy Bird
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 […]
November 27, 2018 by Betsy Bird
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 […]
September 20, 2018 by Betsy Bird
Yesterday I produced my Fall Prediction listing of 2019 Caldecott and Newbery contenders. But what if one of those books wins the Caldecott or Newbery Award proper? You know what happens in these cases, don’t you? Either the poor winner is so overwhelmed by the question “What’s Next?” from a populace expecting brilliance that they […]
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