It’s a very special preview and it is almost as good as being at the library! I can’t believe how lucky we are to have Rebecca O’Connell working here at our library. She’s not just a great librarian, but she’s an author, too! A published author writing for babies and school age kids and teens and we have every single one of her books! Well, almost! We don’t have Penina Levine is a Potato Pancake. Nobody does! It will be published this Fall.
But what we do have (and just us! Nobody else has it!) is video of Rebecca reading from her new-not-even-published-yet book. I love to hear and see authors reading their own works! You get even more of a feeling for the characters and the situations and I find it captivating.
You’ll notice that she does have a book in her hand, and it looks quite different from the first Penina Levine book. That’s because it is an Advance Reader’s Copy, or ARC. It’s also known as a galley and it’s how publishers get copies to reviewers before they’re available in bookstores and libraries. It’s almost like a dress rehearsal in book form – the ARCs make sure that everything is ready for the audience!