Friday, December 16, 2016

Entertaining and Inspiring

It’s time once again to share some new videos with you from Penguin Random House including a delightful one about a children’s book and Santa Claus.

By clicking on the HERE link at the end of each description will bring you to the corresponding clip on YouTube. A link has also been provided for several of the clips if you’d like to tweet about them.

BRIGHTLY (Storytime videos for kids and families)

*Brightly Storytime is a video series for kids that brings popular children’s books to life in a read-along format. Families and kids can enjoy watching and listening to narrated videos that include visual cues to help young readers follow along. This is a read-along version of the picture book THE CHRISTMAS PUPPY by Irma Wilde, a holiday classic originally published in 1953. Brightly ( is a Penguin Random House site that helps parents raise kids who love to read.

The Christmas Puppy #readalong | Brightly Storytime

This year, every child in town wants a toy dog for Christmas, but Santa runs out before he can get to Polly’s house! So instead, Santa makes the holiday extra special by giving Polly a sweet, loveable, real puppy. Polly—and the puppy—couldn’t be happier! Story and illustrations by Irma Wilde. See the video HERE.

Author Diana Rowland on what scares her, and writing schedules | Author Shorts

Author Diana Rowland (LEGACY OF THE DEMON) talks about why she can't read scary books and the perils of deadlines. See the video HERE.

Author Indra Das: the first piece of writing I was proud of | Author Shorts

Author Indra Das (THE DEVOURERS) discusses the first pieces of writing he was proud of, including a story he wrote as a student that was heavily indebted to Jurassic Park. See the video HERE.

How to prioritize when running your own business | Lauren Imparato

Health expert Lauren Imparato (author of RETOX) looks at ways to prioritize when running your own business, offering practical strategies for wellness and stress relief. Try yoga poses, cooking demonstrations, and audio meditations with the deluxe eBook of RETOX. See the video HERE

Taking cues from children to experience art | Illustrator Tim Miller

Illustrator Tim Miller discusses why looking at artwork with children was his favorite aspect of working at the Queens Museum, and shares how parents can enhance the museum experience for their own kids. Read Tim’s book SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR (DID NOT ASK TO BE IN THIS BOOK). See the video HERE

Thanks for stopping by today. Do you enjoy the videos? Would you like to have the videos (all or one or two) embedded in the story?


  1. Hi Mason - these (I'm sure) are all great ideas - and I do like the idea of having a video embedded into the story ... useful sites and videos for authors to look into ... cheers Hilary

  2. Diana's video was funny. She gets extra points for thinking Aliens is awesome.

  3. I do like learning how other authors see things, and what their perspectives are. Thanks for sharing, Mason.


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