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Video Sunday: A Brighton Beach Memoir

I forgot to sacrifice a videotape beneath a bright full moon, so this week the Video Gods were less fruitful than I would have liked.  Here’s what I was able to scrounge up.

I think Chronicle Books really has a good feel on how a picture book trailer should go.  Their vids have a certain flavor to them.  A certain little somethin’ somethin’.  I can’t put my finger on it, but check out this video for Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  Doesn’t it seem more professional than the usual fare?

Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.

100 Scope Notes had just the loveliest Eric Carle video up the other day, and it’s a pleasure to link to it here.  The tone is spot on and the video itself delightful.  If you’ve never heard the man speak, go here to do so.  It’ll make your day.

I was unaware that the New York Times supplements some of its newspaper articles with online video content.  Last week we learned about an article discussing school librarians, particularly one Stephanie Rosalia.  Unfortunately the permalink option isn’t allowing me to post this video to my blog (I’ve bad embedding luck today).  Consarn technology.  Go here to see it for yourself.  Ms. Rosalia makes an interesting point about how we often remember our schoolteachers, but almost never our school librarians.  Y’all may be luckier than I was, but I certainly don’t remember a single one of them well.

Place this video in the Better Late Than Never file.  I was unaware that the Chappaqua Library system regularly produces videos of recommended books under the title Approved by Experts!  This first video gives you some background on the name of the program, along with some history involving my predecessor (by 50-odd years) Anne Carroll Moore.  This series is a magnificent idea.  I wish NYPL had something similar.  People love children’s book recommendations, and librarians are naturally situated to give advice in a visual format.  Thanks (yet again) to Children’s Illustration for the link.

My tendency is to end Video Sundays with random fare.  Whether it’s moose galloping through sprinklers or Germans dancing in od socks.  This last video today, however, actually connects.  I’ve mentioned the blog Color Me Katie in the past.  She is the Amelie of New York City, no question about it.  People simply aren’t this cute.  Her very existence goes is impossible.  Now there is one other nation in this world that has noticed Ms. Katie’s Amelie-like state: France.  They like her so much that this entry she wrote about putting thought bubbles around NYC (which I’ve linked to in the past) was credited and then expanded on this bizarre French television show.  See what you make of it.

Thought Bubbles in France! from katie sokoler on Vimeo.

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. I remember my school librarians just fine. Let’s see, there was the mean lady who was always bitching at us to get off the tables . . . and the old guy coughing up the phlegm . . . Maybe it’s that people try to BLOCK the memory of their school librarian.

  2. Yeah–my school librarian was actually a hand-slapper. “Don’t touch that book! Wash your hands!” It’s amazing that I grew up to become a librarian myself. ๐Ÿ˜› (And I don’t slap hands).