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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P5TSKKBIyo

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI1HZFrijeU .

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