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Video Sunday: Warning – Contains Dancing Squirrels


Yep.  Odds are that this may be the best book trailer ever produced for a classic work of children’s literature.  I mean, looking at it don’t you feel inclined to reread the book?  I sure as heck do.  And remember, if you want to see Lois Lowry, Madeleine L’Engle, Rebecca Stead, and R.L. Stine talk […]

Video Sunday: Wouldn’t “The Jazz Lovin’ Cows” Be a Great Picture Book Title?


When I saw the documentary Library of the Early Mind for the first time I couldn’t help but notice that while everyone did a nice job, Daniel Handler kinda stole the show.  His interview portions were very brief and always the funniest darn thing on the screen, the unfortunate side effect being that you kinda […]

Video Sunday: Awesome Amateur Actor Night


Yep.  A good old-fashioned bit of library/musical theater parody.  Joyce Valenza got some students to explain curation things Broadway style.  They do a good job.  I was trying to think up other Fiddler-inspired MLIS songs but it’s tough.  20 points if you can come up with another. I like to say that writing a really […]

Video Sunday: Feel Good, Inc.


Halloween is on the horizon so Monica Edinger (of Educating Alice n’ such) whipped together a handy dandy little list of recommended spooky 2011 books for the season.  These videos take a bloody long time to make but dude, they are so worth it in the end. Now I should remind you that soon soon […]

Video Sunday: More Glitter


Somewhere along the way I completely missed this Percy Jackson video in which everyone from Brian Selznick to a moustachioed Eoin Colfer (when did that happen?) chat it up.  Video #2 contains a bit of advice  that John Rocco actually had to contend with when he made the jacket for The Lightening Thief: “Green covers […]

Video Sunday: Giant monsters and tiny ladies


Thanks to @doseofsnark for the link. Ah, Banned Books Week.  It only comes but once a year (as opposed to banning books which appears to be a year long occupation).  For the one stop shopping round-up everyone needs, bookshelves of doom has compiled just a top notch collection of links for the occasion.  One of […]

Video Sunday: Arrr! Tis Captain Jack David Small!


Writing huts!  We all have them.  And by “all” I mean “Laurie Halse Anderson”.  But famous authors of the past also have had magnificent writing huts and one of them belonged to Roald Dahl.  Now Dahl’s granddaughter Sophie is leading a fund-raiser to restore and relocate the hut.  I would think she need only appeal […]

Video Sunday: Weirdly supple crystal balls


Oh good. Now we have a rallying cry. Bonus.  Thanks to Maureen Johnson for the link. Travis at 100 Scope Notes recently discovered the author video cache to beat all author video caches.  As he puts it “I challenge you to a good ol’ fashioned game of ‘I Bet I Can Find a Video Interview […]

Video Sunday: Bluebeard ain’t too shabby either


Morning, everyone!  While exploring various French children’s literature blogs earlier this week I stumbled across this remarkable little book trailer for a pop-up book.  Love the children’s literature references, though I admit to being baffled by the inclusion of Madame Butterfly.  Ah well. I did also notice a movie trailer of some sort coming out […]

Video Sunday: A Birthday for Mr. Schu!


First and foremost this glorious Video Sunday, I would like to offer a great big happy birthday to none other than the master of all things video related, Mr. Schu.  You may know him as the fellow that took that most excellent children’s literary road trip across the States or who runs the web’s best […]

Video Sunday: Dragons and Dragon Teeth


We begin this week with something extraordinary.  A book trailer that looks like a movie trailer (no real surprises there) but that includes so many specific details to its book that you’re half inclined to think that the movie version already exists.  Super 8‘s actor Joel Courtney stars in trailer for The Dragon’s Tooth by […]

Video Sunday: Now with more monkeys


First off, today I’d be amiss if I did not direct you to submit your favorite book trailers to the SLJ Trailee Awards.*  If you’ve a favorite trailer that was posted between the dates of July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, SLJ wants to hear about it.  Think back through all the book trailers […]

Video Sunday: The Swankiest Bathmat in Town


It’s hard to have a favorite part of the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet to look forward to, but definitely up there is the red carpet interview portion.  Each year Jim Averbeck whips out the camera and questions and has the luminaries of the field give their thoughts and opinions on a variety of schtoofs.  2011 was no […]

Video Sunday: Trailer Bonanza


A little more than a year ago I conducted a Children’s Literary Salon at NYPL with a bunch of talented female graphic novelists of children’s literature (Colleen AF Venable (Hamster and Cheese), Raina Telegemeier (Smile), and Tracy White (How I Made it to Eighteen)).  It was recorded for posterity (unlike most of my Salons) and […]

Video Sunday: The singer would be significantly less weird looking if he had eyebrows, yes?


I’ve been asked in the past why it is that I don’t write up the online librarian previews by folks like those at Scholastic.  The reason is simple.  I figure that if you have access to the online previews you don’t need a recap from someone like me.  You can see them for yourself!  That […]