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Video Sunday: Great Scott!

Ack!  Too many good videos, too little time!  We’ve an embarrassment of riches today.  The only question really is where to start.  And the only natural answer is with Obama’s nominee for the Librarian of Congress.  Not much of a question there, really.

Next up, there is beginning to be a bit of a tradition of authors and illustrators recording videos of how they got “the call” when they won the Caldecott or Newbery (I almost wrote and/or Newbery, which is an interesting near flub).  Last year we had Dan Santat’s video.  This year, Sophie Blackall’s:

At this rate it may behoove us to just give the medals to people who are good at making videos.  And the Newbery Medal goes to . . . Tyler Oakley!

Now let’s get down to brass tacks.  People, there are awards out there that go beyond the mere borders of this great nation of ours.  And the Hans Christian Andersen Award is the greatest of these (though the Astrid Lindgren Award gives it a run for its money).  Now they’ve made a video for us that goes through the 2016 nominees.  I adore this.   I just want to meet all these people.  Suzy Lee!!!  Now, weirdly, I want her to adopt me.  And Iran! How cool is that?

This next book trailer seemingly has an international flavor to it, but is homegrown Americana through and through.  It may also be the most beautiful trailer of 2016 thus far.

Thanks to educating alice for the link.

Earlier this week, Phil Nel posted a killer post called Seuss on Film.  The piece is “a brief (but far from complete) collection of Seuss on film!”  Turns out, it was somewhat tricky getting Mr. Geisel on the old camera.  Phil’s a trooper, though.  He found newsreel after newsreel and has posted them on YouTube for our collective enjoyment.  You should really read his posting yourself.  In fact, I insist upon it.  And just to whet your whistle, here’s a jaw-dropping 1964 discussion with Seuss in New Zealand where he improvises answers to kids’ questions.

As for our Off-Topic Video of the week, I give this to you because I love you.  Really, truly, deeply love you.

1.21Gigawatts

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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.

Comments

  1. Meg Diskin says:

    Oh, that someone would make that movie!

  2. Jeanne Birdsall says:

    I so want 1.21 Gigawatts to be a real movie. Can anybody out there make it happen?

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      He’s probably too old these days, but technology being what it is I think we can conjure it up from scratch.

      • Jeanne Birdsall says:

        Christopher Lloyd is a mere 12 years older than I am. Just saying’, Betsy, as you yourself would say.

      • Elizabeth Bird says:

        Ah, but you, Jeanne, appear to somehow elude time itself. Mr. Lloyd, if he is human, could not possibly be so blessed.

        Just sayin’.

  3. Denis Markell says:

    Omigosh, those Anderson finalists are so inspiring. I did look online and couldn’t find out if personal fave Marc Boutavant has ever been nominated or won. If not, get ON THAT.
    Also agree The Secret Subway is the most beautiful and imaginative trailer I’ve seen.

    It would be lovely if many of these nominees’ work could be translated into English, or at least available here. Certainly a high spot of the weekend!

    Denis