Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Books on TV!

Last weekend, Jill Daum from Kidsbooks was on Global TV, talking about summertime reading for kids and teens.At the six-minute mark, she reveals that Erebos has become her go-to recommendation for parents who are looking for a book to lure their teens away from playing video games all summer. She describes Erebos as "fast-paced, thrilling, creative, just like a video game--and gets you hooked the same way." (And it's available in e-book format, if your teen prefers to read it on their phone, tablet, or ereader.)

Other books mentioned include Captain Awesome, Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage, Nerd Camp, Earthling, and many more. If you're looking for great, engaging summer reads for kids and teens, you won't want to miss Jill's picks!

Friday, July 20, 2012

It's Not All Black and White

All of our Fall 2012 titles are now in: you can read more about them on our website, or request an e-galley for review from

This week, I'd like to feature It's Not All Black and White: Multiracial Youth Speak Out.

This book grew out of a group of teens who met at St. Stephen's Community House to discuss what it was like to have more than one racial identity. In this collection, they've gathered together their poems, essays, artwork, interviews, and creative writing about what it means to be biracial, multiracial, or of mixed race. Readers who share these experiences will find comfort, inspiration, and validation. And if you've never thought about these issues before, you'll gain important insight and understanding.

Click here for a peek inside, or request an e-galley from NetGalley!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Keeping Cool with Books

It's a hot, humid Friday the 13th, so I thought I'd share a few tips for keeping cool with books.

Allow me to demonstrate Tip #4!

  1. Fan yourself with a book. (I recommend picture books.) Even an iPad or ereader can be used as a fan, though they do get heavy. (In which case, it counts as exercise!)
  2. Read stories set in cold climates. (Like 50 Below Zero... it doesn't get much colder than that!)
  3. Pop your book in the freezer for ten minutes or so, then take it out and enjoy the cool air as you read. (Note: not responsible for any damage to frozen books. Do not try this with e-books.)
  4. Read in a hammock: you'll get more air circulation, and a nice breeze if you sway from side to side.
  5. Finally, mix up a nice cold drink and take your book outside to read in the shade.
Happy summer reading, everyone! And if you're looking for some summer reads for your kids, check out Open Road's Avoid the Summer Slide promotion.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Check Out These Student-made Book Trailers!

A few months ago, one of our authors, Sarah Tsiang, told us she had been contacted by a teacher whose Grade 7 Design Technology class was learning how to make book trailers. We agreed that it would be fine for the students to use text and images from two of Sarah's picture books: A Flock of Shoes and Dogs Don't Eat Jam. (Her latest, The Stone Hatchlings, just came out.)

This week, Sarah reviewed all of the trailers and picked four winners, each of whom will receive their choice of one of her books. Sarah also picked a whopping twelve honorable mentions! All of the winners and honorable mentions have been posted, along with some comments from the teacher and Sarah, on the class website: click here to take a look.

We're very impressed with this entire class's video-making skills and enthusiasm for books, and we'd especially like to congratulate all of the winners and honorable mentions. And now, for your enjoyment, here are the four trailers that the author picked:

By May:

By Kenneth:

By George:

By Emily: