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Video Sunday: Horseshoe Balding + Massive Sideburns = Awesome

This is a new thing I’d like to try. Each Video Sunday I have fun vids but often they fall, as they say, "below the fold". My individual postings have a limited amount of characters they can display before the infamous "Read More" pops up and everything else I’ve written falls out of sight. My theory is that my leading video should come before my words, so we’re trying it today with this remarkable glimpse at the book An Illustrated Life. I apologize for the low quality seen here. If you’d like a much higher resolution you should go to Children’s Illustration where Julie Fortenberry managed to hook up to a really nice quality vid.  I tried to swipe the embedding code and was dee-nyied.  In any case, thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.

I like to say that people love process. Particularly process in action. So I thought it was particularly keen when Leila Roy linked to these two videos of artist Quentin Blake discussing his own artistic process for a camera.  Video #1 is contemporary and Video #2 is a piece about his work on a program called (I love this name) Jackanory.  And who knew that there had been a live action Arabel and Mortimer puppet show?  And check out Blake’s awesome 1977 sideburns.  They don’t hardly make ’em like THAT no more.  The glimpse of Roald Dahl is interesting too.  Many thanks to bookshelves of doom for the link.

I had heard before that something called IttyBittyLit was making videos out of picture books.  And now you can see Siobhan Vivian’s Vunce Upon a Time in action.  Siobhan says that there is no feeling like having your own book read back to you.  I think she also lucked out with the reader.

Thanks to The Longstockings for the link.

I’d forgotten all about this. Certainly I haven’t looked at it since I actually started working for The New York Public Library. Remember the one and only episode where the Seinfeld characters go into a library? This is the moment when the library cop, Mr. Bookman, get’s on Jerry’s case for not returning Tropic of Cancer all those years ago. I’m fascinated by the inclusion of The Five Chinese Brothers (written by a former employee of my own children’s room) in the conversation.

Thanks to American Libraries Direct for the link.

Just One More Book, inarguably the world’s most compelling children’s literary podcast, has gone visual!   In an attempt to lure in a new listenership they are drawing in the ears by making a plea to the eyes.  This is their podcast concentrating on the lovely (and something about the very name is compelling) book Bird

Other bloggers too are using the visual medium in new ways. For example the Children’s Writing Web Journal has been doing regular video updates of hot children’s literary blog postings. Greedy gus that I am I’ve linked to this one because it mentions me me me.

And finally, we haven’t had a good movie trailer in a while. So let us take a gander at the new Coraline preview, shall we? I just read the graphic novel (meh) so I’m curious to see how they do the film.

Thanks to The Longstockings for the link.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. victoria thorne says:

    Betsy, I am becoming convinced that you do not sleep. How dost thou find all this and get it to us so cleverly? Anyway: thanks for video Sundays…they have actually scooched the NYT over as my new sundayobsession. What’s not to love?

  2. Is it possible to also link your vids to YouTube? For techno-peasants like myself the videos do not open from your website. Thanks!

  3. If you follow the links where I credit where I found the videos you can find them that way. Normally you’d also be able to click on the lower righthand corner of each video to get to YouTube.

  4. Andrea Ross says:

    Thanks for including us in this great video lineup, Betsy, and for the dandy compliment!!