Into the Trap: Character Blog & Reader Giveaway

Reader Engagement Project:
Read, Review, Win!
Readers win a free map of Into the Trap‘s fictional setting when they review the book on the book’s website.  Until 12/1/12, young book reviewers can also be entered to win a $50 L.L. Bean Gift Certificate when they review the book!  (Reader’s Privacy Always Protected!)

The Story Continues…
The author continues the story with a funny, engaging, and informative blog, “Lobster Boy“, written in the voice of the main character.  Reluctant readers have been consumed by the blog’s depiction of a teen’s life on the New England waters.

Display Bookmark for “Read, Review, & Win” reading promotion

Tools of Engagement:
• Display a Shelftalker announcing the blog and the chance to Read, Review, & Win!  Download Here.
• Display a Bookmark announcing the blog and the chance to Read, Review, & Win!  Download Here.
• Insert a Bookplate Teaser in the back of the book to lead readers to the character’s blog, “Lobster Boy.”  Download Here.
• Show the Character Blog/Website “Lobster Boy” to reluctant readers and outdoor/action adventure readers.

Best Users: Grades 6-9 Classrooms, Public Children’s Librarians, School Librarians
Best Audience: Children Grades 6-9

Based on the Book:
Into the Trap
By Craig Moodie
Published by Roaring Brook
Hardcover, Ebook Available
Ages 10 and 16
Find a copy of the book:
Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Local Library

An action-packed adventure about thieves, fishing, and two boys who lay a trap that will save the day.

Eddie’s family has been trapping lobsters for generations. but lately someone has been stealing their catch. When Eddie happens across the thieves’ trap, he knows it’s up to him to bring in the culprits. With the unlikely help of a boy who has run away from sailing camp, Eddie embarks on an adventure that puts his very life at risk.

“Lobster Boy” Blog Continues the Story of Novel, Into the Trap



Raj the Bookstore Tiger: A Story Hour Kit

Based on the Book:
Raj the Bookstore Tiger
By Kathleen T. Pelley
Illustrated by Paige Keiser
Published by Charlesbridge Publishers
Available in Hardcover & Paperback
Ages 4 and up

Best Users:
Booksellers, Public Children’s Librarians, School Librarians, Pre-K-2 Classrooms, Character Educators

Best Audience:
Children Grades PreK-2

Story Hour Kit Description:
Raj is a confident marmalade cat parading through his owner’s story hours believing that he is a tiger (as that is what his  owner always calls him).  When a visiting cat cuts Raj down with bullying words, Raj falls into a funk.  It takes a recitation on William Blake’s famous feliine poem to bring Raj back to himself.

The Story Hour kit allows your readers to play at being Raj by creating Raj tiger hats. Through a simple game (complete with a suggested script), you can help readers learn what words make Raj self-assured and what words make Raj lose faith.  Each one of your readers can walk away with a poem card with Blake’s transformative poem, “Tyger, Tyger.”

Story Hour Kit Contents:
This story hour kit contains:
• Tiger dress-up craft to make tiger hat
• Simple game of “tigerish” (or bully-free) words
• William Blake take-away poem card
• Story Hour Poster

Download the Story Hour Kit (PDF)
Visit the Author’s Website
• Find a copy of the book:
Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Local Library
• Watch the Book Trailer:


• Watch the Author Read the Book:


Fairies & Hapennies Need Readers: A Past Giveaway for Librarians & Educators

Win this Library Fairy created by author & creature maker Jennifer Carson!

Where would Fairies and Hapennies be without librarians and teachers to read them into existence?

A Past Giveaway for Librarians & Educators (Grades 1-3)

Author and creature maker Jennifer Carson went into the land of stories as a child and never came out.  She spends her days weaving stories and stitching the marvels that appear in them.

The Chapter Book

Jennifer Carson’s (a.k.a. The Dragon Charmer) latest chapter book, Hapenny Magick is the sweet, suspenseful, oft giggle-worthy fantasy for ages 7+,  (illustrated quite wonderfully by P.A. Lewis).

“A charming book, perfect for a read-aloud or to read sitting in the crook of a favorite tree…a warm, cheery story with just the right amount of thrilling scenes.”  –Angela J. Reynolds, Head of Youth Services, Annapolis Valley Regional Library


The Winners
Not only did Jennifer give away fifteen signed copies of Hapenny Magick to elementary school librarians, public librarians, and teachers (grades 1-3), but one random applicant was be chosen by the fairies to receive the above (quite magical) Library Fairy*!  Truly?  Yes, truly.

Book Winners
Calais Free Library (Calais, ME)
Melrose Elementary Library (Placentia, CA)
Shining Rivers Waldorf School (Saint Louis, MO)
Myers Elementary School (Dallas, OR)
Lakewood Elementary (Phenix City, AL)
Founders Hall (McKeesport, PA)
Denison Library (Cleveland, OH)
Canisteo-Greenwood Central School (Canisteo, NY)
Skyview Elementary (Yukon, OK)
Shiver School (Pelham, GA)
Clay Springs Public Library (Clay Springs, AZ)
Saint Bonaventure Media Center (Thoreau, NM)
Thornwood Elementary School (Houston, TX)
Livonia Public Schools (Livonia, MI)

Library Fairy Winner
Cople Elementary School (Hague, VA)

Reunited: Inspire Your Readers with a Boy Band!

Is the band, Level3 fictional?

Well Level3 does have two hit singles, a website, and will be touring libraries this summer, but, yes, they are purely a fabrication of young adult novelist Hilary Weisman Graham for her book, Reunited (Simon & Schuster).

“When you see boy bands like One Direction created by stylists and publicists, it suddenly becomes quite possible to create one of your very own. The question then became, can we use a fictional band to inspire kids to read some fiction about fans of said band?” –Author, Hilary Weisman Graham

Hilary Weisman Graham, Curious City, and Simon & Schuster invite you to:
Inspire Your Readers with a Boy Band!

What Readers Get
Download the Reunited Poster/Bog Image (8.5″ x 11″ Color JPEG) and/or the Reunited Flyer (2 up B&W Flyers on 8.5″ x 11″ PDF) to invite your readers to receive:

● FREE chapters of the novel, Reunited
● FREE MP3’s from the band, Level3
● Chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate to TicketMaster to see the boy band of their choice.

How It Works
The poster and flyer asks readers to join Level3’s text messaging mailing list where they will receive fictional news about the band throughout the summer.  The minute your readers sign on, they will get a link to free chapters of Reunited and Level3’s MP3’s. If your readers stay on until 9/1/12, they will be entered to win the $50 Gift Certificate to TicketMaster.

Privacy Protected
The text messaging service does not give any of the sponsoring parties the name or location of the participants and participants can easily sign off at any time.

StoryWalk in Maine

Thanks to the Maine Library Association for inviting Portland Public librarian, Mary Peverada and Curious City to speak about our experiences with StoryWalks.

Please feel free to download the “Bringing StoryWalk to Your Community” handout that we produced.  It covers producing your own StoryWalks using StoryWalk founder, Anne Ferguson’s model, where you can borrow a StoryWalk in the state of Maine, and tips on creating your own permanent StoryWalk tools.

StoryWalk is a brilliant kinetic literacy idea and one that can be used in any Maine community regardless of your budget.

SYNC YA Lit Into Your Earphones

Why not listen to lit?

Curious City is proud to have partnered with AudioFile Magazine to create and manage SYNC, an audience building literacy project for Young Adult and Classic/Required Reading audiobooks.

We have not only built a list of 20 FREE audiobooks that will be available in the Summer of 2012, but have created a complete promotional tool kit to allow librarians, educators, literacy folks, and bloggers to spread the good news to teens and other listeners.

SYNC YA Literature into Your Earphones
2 Free Audiobook Downloads Each Week
June 14 – August 22, 2012

Teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature will have the opportunity to listen to bestselling titles and Required Reading Classics this summer.   Each week  from June 14 – August 22, 2012, SYNC will offer two free audiobook downloads.

The audiobook pairings will include a popular YA title and a classic that connects with the YA title’s theme and is likely to show up on a student’s summer reading lists.  For example, Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book in a new series about a girl who opens a door to two otherworldly cities at war, will be paired with Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities.

To find out when you can download titles to listen to on the run this summer, visit or text syncya to 25827.

Mercy Tattooed on My Heart

Free Tattoos for Supernatural Readers
and a chance to win a copy of…

Mercy: The Last New England Vampire
VOYA’s Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers

B&N Best Young Adult Fiction of 2011

Why the flaming heart?
Author Sarah L. Thomson wanted to write about a time when vampires were not equated with irrational romance, but with irrational fear.  Thomson incorporated the true story of 19-year-old Mercy Brown who in 1892 (while her New England community was being devastated by tuberculosis) was pulled from her tomb and had her heart cut out and burned.  Grim.  Why did her former neighbors do this?  They thought Mercy was not “quite dead” and was rising from her tomb to suck the life out of them.  Teenagers, such a drain!  Read more on book’s site.

Order Free Tattoos
Sarah L. Thomson will send 20 tattoos to you (while supplies last, of course) for your horror and supernatural readers.

In your packet of tattoos will be an offer to win a signed copy of the book for your classroom or library if you send in a photo of you or another reader sporting a Mercy tattoo.   Not so grim!

Order FREE tattoos below!

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