TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour

The TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour is your opportunity to learn from and build personal connections with extraordinary book creators and their brand-new titles. Included in all Virtual Book Tour posts are original interviews with authors and illustrators, lesson plans, an activity designed for young people, and much more!

Welcome Laurel Snyder

Laurel Snyder on Endlessly Ever After

In this post, we feature author Laurel Snyder whose acclaimed and popular titles include Charlie & Mouse, which won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. You can hear her speak about her new picture book, Endlessly Ever After: Pick YOUR Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings, illustrated by Dan Santat, and try her “invitation to imagine” activity. You’ll also find other resources to explore. Thanks for joining us, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Author Laurel Snyder and the cover of Endlessly Ever After.

Endlessly Ever After: Pick YOUR Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings

  • Written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Dan Santat
  • Published by Chronicle Books
  • Release date: April 19, 2022

Grab your basket and your coat. Put on some walking shoes. Turn the page and begin: Which story will you choose? Award-winning creators Laurel Snyder and Dan Santat transform a crowd of classic tales into an ever-changing, fascinating, laugh-out-loud choose-your-path picture book, in which you may find a sleeping maiden, waste away in a sticky licorice cage, discover the gold at the end of a wild goose chase, or maybe (just maybe) save yourself―and the day!

An interior image from Endlessly Ever After showing the central character and her mother. The central character is deciding which coat to wear: the cozy faux fur coat or the red cape.
An interior image from Endlessly Ever After showing the central Red Riding Hood-like character coming upon an unexpected cottage in the woods. She must decide if she wants to knock on the door or, instead, go straight to her grandmother's house.

Explore Endlessly Ever After: Pick YOUR Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings

Listen to Laurel Snyder talking with TeachingBooks about creating Endlessly Ever After: Pick YOUR Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings. You can click the player below or experience the recording on TeachingBooks, where you can read along as you listen, and also translate the text to another language.

Invitation to Imagine

TeachingBooks asks each author or illustrator on our Virtual Book Tour to share a writing prompt, a drawing exercise, or just an interesting question to spark curiosity and creativity. Enjoy the following activity contributed by Laurel Snyder.

Imagination Activity with Laurel Snyder

Anyone can make their own fractured fairy tale, and it’s easy! All you have to do is take a story that you already know, and change the main character! But once you’ve done that, try to figure out what else might need to change in the story as a result. What if Sleeping Beauty was Sleeping ANGRY? What if The Three Little Pigs were The Three Little ROBOTS? Go wild and see where your main character takes you!

Finish This Sentence . . . with Laurel Snyder

As part of our Virtual Book Tour, TeachingBooks asks authors and illustrators to complete short sentence prompts. Enjoy Laurel Snyder’s response.

“Where I work is…”

I am lucky enough to have my very own room to write in, and as you might expect, I have a big messy desk in it.

Author Laurel Snyder's desk, piled with papers and books.

But guess what else I’ve filled my office with? TOYS! I know it sounds funny, but I feel like it’s very important to keep playing like a kid if I want to write for kids, so I often use my art supplies or my dollhouse or my Legos to help me write a book. Here’a a picture of a scene I set up in my dollhouse, for an upcoming book about a girl who is studying for her bat mitzvah.

A scene from inside Laurel Snyder's dollhouse.

And here’s my cat, Eddie, who likes to invade the dollhouse!

Laurel Snyder's cat, peeking out from inside the dollhouse she keeps in her study.

Thank you!

To wrap up this Virtual Book Tour, we thank Laurel Snyder for signing a book for all of us.

The title page of Endlessly Ever After, signed by the author, Laurel Snyder, with the message, "Everyone's path is a little different!"

More Connections to Laurel Snyder and Endlessly Ever After: Pick YOUR Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings

Explore all of the titles featured in the TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour: one link with author interviews, lesson plans, activities, and more!

All text and images are courtesy of Laurel Snyder, Dan Santat, and Chronicle Books and may not be used without expressed written consent.

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