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Video Sunday: “You fill me with inertia.”

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Hallo, folks! So today is the last day of National Library Week.  In celebration, enjoy this delightful video from Common Craft for your average non-library literate layman.  If you are a librarian, show this video to those members of your family who heard you had to get a Master’s degree and asked you, “What? So […]

Video Sunday: 90-Second Newbery Edition

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About a week ago the 90-Second Newbery premiered at New York Public Library (PW did a nice write-up of it here) and the afternoon was a stellar success.  My Lit Salon went over so I didn’t have a chance to see much of it, but fortunately James Kennedy, who created the darn thing, did me […]

Fusenews: Starring the World’s Creepiest Cat in the Hat!


Here in New York we’re getting very excited.  The 90-Second Film Festival is coming!!  And soon too!  Here’s a PW interview with James Kennedy about the festival and for those of you in the NYC area you can see it at NYPL on Saturday, March 7th at 3:00 p.m. In fact, now that I think […]

Video Sunday: Meeting All Your Sleer n’ Thneed Needs


2014 marked a distinct increase in attention spent on children’s books with diverse characters. However, this is not to say that all books with diverse characters got the same amount of attention.  Take, for example, Saving Baby Doe by Danette Vigilante.  It was one of the only middle grade books in 2014 to sport a […]

Video Sunday: Met the ghost of David Wiesner at the Hotel Paradise . . .


Here we are in the glory of spring.  With all the beauty just ah-popping outdoors, what better time to sequester ourselves inside to watch mad videos about children’s literature related affairs? So first and foremost, you may have seen me make mention of the fact that I had a podcasting-related Children’s Literary Salon last weekend.  […]

Fusenews: All you need is love (and books before the age of 3)


Zounds! No reason in particular I wrote that word.  I just like to say “Zounds!” from time to time. Onward! I initially misread this post as “Summer Reading Takes a Hit From Online Scanning and Skimming Researchers Say” (which shows you where my mind is these days).  It’s not “Summer” but Serious Reading Takes a […]

Video Sunday: Mind you, it DOES make me want to read The Olde Tobacco Shoppe . . .


Gather round me, little children, and let me tell you of a magical time when the Newbery and Caldecott winners were interviewed on NBC the day after their win in a regular annual segment.  Then twas the coming of Snookie and suddenly children’s book awards weren’t considered newsworthy any longer.  I’ve searched the airwaves to […]

Press Release Fun: The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Comes to NYC!


It’s that time of year again. So break out your creativity and reserve your seat for our March 22nd showing.  Note that if you live in NYC and you want to submit, the deadline is March 8th.  Plenty of time to come up with something fantastic!

Video Sunday: At the speed of light, she arrives just in time . . .


Some weeks can go by without a single solitary interesting video in sight.  Other weeks, you drown in brilliance.  This week inclines far more towards the latter than the former. I could not lead off today with anything other than the latest bit of Bookie Woogie brilliance.  You keened to their 90-second rendition of Where […]

Fusenews: “The Axl Rose Hair Metal hair of picture book cover cupcakes”


It’s been a good week and it’s only Thursday!  I’ve cooed and oohed and aahed over NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2013 list before.  Nothing new to say  . . . or is there?  I don’t suppose you happened to see NPR’s interactive booklist consisting of their Best Books of 2013 (in a […]

Video Sunday: “… drawing and doodling is a form of physicalized empathy” – Mo Willems

WillemsRoker Oh, like I was going to start off with anything else this week.  Dahl was robbed! During BEA, one of the women of the hour was our own Monica Edinger (who blogged about the experience here).  Her upcoming book Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad is so remarkable that it is […]

Video Sunday: I’m only gonna break break your, break break your heart


Our good buddy James Kennedy alerted me to the fact that after his magnificent 90-Second Newbery show left New York City for other library systems in other states he received additional, incredibly funny and insane submissions that are worth seeing.  What we have here is a Tacoma-based Frog and Toad Together take on the story […]

Press Release Fun: The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Returns to New York City!

And I am SO going to be there.  This is a crazy good line-up. Thalia Kids’ Book Club Presents The 2012 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Sunday, December 2 at 4 pm at Symphony Space All Tickets: $15 ($12 for members) This special event  marks the debut screening of the top videos submitted by kids to […]

Press Release Fun: Thalia Kids’ Book Club, 90-Second Newbery, and More!

Well, this is just delightful. The 90-Second Newbery returns and it needs YOUR new videos if you have them on hand. Check out the press release below if you don’t believe me.  There are also some big big names coming to town, as you can see: Thalia Kids’ Book Club Announces 2012-13 Season Kids (mostly […]

Video Sunday: Sleepy post-Thanksgiving posting


Missed posting this last week.  Those Peacekeepers really look spot on, don’t they?  We’ll see how it goes but this trailer gives us a sense that The Hunger Games may be worth watching.  Would have liked to see a little Haymitch, of course. So!  We never filmed the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at NYPL, but […]