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Video Sunday: Hits ’em With His Head Edition


So, fun fact. I read a serious 2017 Newbery contender a couple months ago and it looks like they may release it in the nearish future (February 2nd). I’m calling 2016 as The Year of the Fox, by the way, since both Sara Pennypacker and Kathi Appelt have fox related middle grades on the horizon. […]

Video Sunday: Kinda makes you wanna watch more ballets, don’t it?

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Boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.  So MUCH very very good stuff to show you today.  Honestly, I don’t even know where to start.  Hrm. Howzabout we begin with one of my favorite tropes: things that parody other things that you’ve never seen. It was Dana Sheridan who directed my attention to this video […]

Video Sunday: One Video Short

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Been a while, hasn’t it?  Well, better late than never.  And you probably get a better level of quality videos if there’s a month’s gap, eh? Today we begin with the video of the week.  The Wall Street Journal released this article about Brian Selznick’s puppeteering work on his own book trailer.  For me, it’s […]

Video Sunday: Living dolls, shark costumes, buried books and goats in pjs

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As you may have noticed, I’ve not done a Video Sunday in a while.  It now appears that what I was waiting for all this time was Dan Santat’s parody of Serial, turning it into a reenactment of his Caldecott Award call.  I’m just ashamed that when he won it didn’t immediately occur to me […]

Video Sunday: Movie, book, library, and audiobook trailers trailers trailers!!

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Morning, folks. We’re beginning this Sunday morn with stuff that’s good for the soul.  How often have you said to yourself, “I’d love to own some original art from illustrator Matthew Cordell but I’m too busy spending all my cash on children’s literacy foundations”?  Well, fear not!  Now you can do both.  In celebration of […]

Video Sunday: “White inside the hambone always”

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When actress Lena Dunham started talking in the news about how she wanted to turn Catherine Called Birdy into a film, I was intrigued.  And apparently she’s not a fly-by-night children’s book lover either.  All her tattoos are children’s literature inspired.  Hearing this I figured she’d have the usual suspects.  Eloise, sure.  And she does […]

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: No. Seriously, Lisa. Hire me.


Howdy, folks.  I have news for you.  Did you have any idea that a children’s literature online show called KidLit TV was in the works?  Nor did I until I stopped by Roxie Munroe’s studio the other day.  She informed me that man-about-town Rocco Staino had been by with an honest-to-goodness film crew to talk […]

Book Trailer Premiere – Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom by Dan Yaccarino


Today I am pleased as punch to premiere the brand spankin’ new book trailer for Dan Yaccarino’s middle grade novel debut Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom (say that five times fast – I dare you).  The video captures humor, pathos, and angry mushrooms.  In other words, everything that makes life worth living. Enjoy

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.  […]

Book Trailer Premiere: The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra by Chris Raschka


Well, I am pleased to announce today’s Book Trailer Premiere, particularly since it is unlike every other book trailer I’ve ever put up.  Credit that to the subject matter, really.  Chris Raschka is one of those rare author/illustrators that can get away with presenting the hard subjects, particularly when it comes to jazz legends.  Didn’t […]

Video Sunday: Football players, grateful artists, and tambourine players galore

Time to up the bar. Years ago N.D. Wilson made what has to be the most ambitious book trailer created by an author I ever did see (it was for The Ashtown Burials and if you missed it you can watch it here and see what I mean). Now, after copious Florida research trips where […]

Book Trailer Premiere: The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

For a blog that only does videos on Sundays regularly, I’m often surprised when folks offer to premiere their book trailers here.  I am, however, always flattered, particularly when the trailers are as good as the one you’re seeing here today.  The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern falls into the category of books-that-are-turning-my-youth-into-historical-fiction.  […]

Video Sunday: Ice ice, baby


If you’re anything like me you probably found this video of the YOU WON calls given by the Caldecott, Newbery and Coretta Scott King committees to be a heckuva lot of fun.  I could watch people getting good news all day, I could.  Particularly when it’s people I like. Tongue . . . tongue stuck […]

Video Trailer Debut: Saving Baby Doe by Danette Vigilante


Not too long ago I wrote a post called 2014 Kids of Color: Things Are Looking Up. I wasn’t kidding. The number of book jackets with kids of color on them in 2014 puts 2013, and pretty much every other year up until now, to shame. Yet even with this strong beginning, it’s hard not […]