Here’s my tip for a fine book to read as a family or to give this holiday to your 9-14 year-old: wishtree by Katherine Applegate. See the beauty of Applegate’s writing and the story’s message by watching the video at

Wise librarians know that video trailers motivate readers—both those reluctant to pick up a book and “bookworms” alike—to develop interest in books. Savvy parents can use book trailers to motivate their kids to read, too. All you need to do is search YouTube for a title, sit back, and watch.

Several web sites feature book trailers for kids. Here are a couple of my favorite sites although I have not read all the books and cannot recommend the titles specifically:

You may wish to encourage your children to make their own book trailers. Here’s an excellent site for examples of book trailers made by kids:

And, finally, if you need a laugh that only Lemony Snicket can provide, watch .