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Book Talking of the Literal Variety

As you may have heard Candlewick Press is all about the picture books these days.  In fact, they’re so into them that they’ve become vastly ambitious and have launched a campaign called  “We Believe in Picture Books”.  Part of the plan is to post a video a day for a year celebrating the great picture books out there.

And that’s where I come in.

A couple months ago Candlewick was soliciting videos from average everyday folks for this campaign.  That’s when I got a wild idea.  Although I’m not exactly rolling in free time, I had a vision.  What if you created a video conversation done entirely in picture book titles?  I’d actually been thinking about doing something like this for a while but apathy had gotten the better of me until now.  This campaign was just the thing to spark the old fuse, as it were.

Who should join me in this conversation then?  Who better than Travis Jonker of 100 Scope Notes?  Not only is he the September SLJ cover boy, the man has perfected the art of spine poetry.  It was meant to be.  I hadn’t done a real video in a year or so, so I dusted off the old Flip camera, lured Travis into it (with the assistance of Mr. Schu and Colby Sharp doing the filming on Travis’s end), worked with him to figure out the script (probably the hardest part), and voila!

I am delighted to report that Candlewick chose this video to launch their site.  Hooray!  Watch it by clicking on the image up above or by going to their site.  I am now off to Vegas (this is true) and may or may not have blogging abilities in the next few days.

Toodle-oo!  And many thanks to Travis for helping me out with this crazy scheme.

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. Cute! Clever! Expressive! Excellent! (All that, and Scott Joplin, too!) 😀

  2. That was fun. What a great idea.

  3. my NAME is ELIZABETH!!! love it.

  4. Okay. THAT is adorable. 😀

  5. Susan Miles says:

    Love it!!

  6. Karen Gray Ruelle says:

    Great fun!

  7. HopePreston says:

    Ooh, I want to try!

  8. Love it! You outta be in pictures… er, picture books?


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