"There's a lot of talk about how do you get kids to read, but I think you can get at them just by getting them interested in storytelling generally, in whatever format that takes, whether it's film or art..." - Jon Klassen Last fall, we had the pleasure of hosting Jon Klassen in partnership with … Continue reading BookKids: Art of the Book with Jon Klassen
This post was originally published on Publisher's Weekly. I’ve already written about how Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Challenge made me love comics and graphic novels. Is it possible that he could make me love basketball as well? I have to be honest, basketball is not my game. It all happens too fast, and I’m … Continue reading BookKids: Did Gene Luen Yang Make Me Love Basketball?
Calling all gamers and thrill-seekers! We've been highly anticipating Dragon Ops, a new exciting middle grade release by Austin-based author Mari Mancusi! We even revealed the awesome cover here, along with some creative cover proposals from young readers at last year's Summer Reading Splash. We're also excited to host the author Mari Mancusi along with … Continue reading BookKids: Welcome to DRAGON OPS!
Explore some recent middle grade reads beloved and recommended by the BookKids staff! These are ideal for readers ages 8-12 with a goofy sense of humor and a thirst for great adventure! Charlie Hernández and the Castle of Bones by Ryan Calejo *Recommended by WILL B!* "The first Charlie Hernandez book was something that really … Continue reading BookKids: Middle Grade Magic!
This was originally published in Publisher's Weekly. At the beginning of Tuesday night’s Wrecking Ball release event, Jeff Kinney said that after 14 years of straightforward tours, he wanted to mix it up—and that’s exactly what he did. The show pulled out all the stops and more—raising the bar for interactive, kid-oriented fun that rewards longtime super-fans … Continue reading BookKids: Letting Kids Be Kids: A ‘Wrecking Ball’ Event for the Ages
We’re thrilled to host Austin author Cate Berry this Sunday, November 3rd at 2 PM to celebrate her second picture book, Chicken Break! Mark your calendars and check out our Q&A with Cate below! BookPeople: OK, obvious first question: What came first, the chicken or the egg? Cate Berry: Chicken! No, egg! The egg would … Continue reading BookKids: Q&A with Cate Berry!
Will B. loves him some spooky reads! Here are a couple that he recommends for the best month of the year... The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz It can be hard to live up to family expectations, but it gets a thousand times harder when you're living up to the expectations of a … Continue reading BookKids: Will’s Spooky Reads for the Season!
Mark your calendars, bookfriends! October is filled with literary stars! Monster Apocalypse with Max Brallier! - Tuesday, October 1st at 6 PM Zombie sluggers! Face painters! Big Mama! We've got all the fixin's for a monster apocalypse starting in our parking lot at 6 pm, followed by a talk & signing with Bluebonnet Award winning … Continue reading BookKids: October Events & Highlights!
We love getting to know new authors and illustrators, and there's something extra special when they're based in our hometown! We interviewed Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey, who co-authored the gorgeous picture book, The Old Truck, which releases in January 2020. Sure, sounds like a long way! But they've come up with a really fun pre-order … Continue reading BookKids: Q&A with Jarrett & Jerome Pumphrey
Meghan G. talks about some recent favorites that celebrate those wonderful people in our lives: grandparents! Check them out below.... This piece was originally published in Publisher's Weekly. In many stories, grandparents fall into categories of benevolent cookie dispensers, terrifying rule enforcers, or wise but enigmatic relics of a lost age. To be sure, not … Continue reading BookKids: In Celebration of Wrinkles