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Video Sunday: What no one tells beginners

OliverJeffers

I wonder how much of my readership is at the Midwinter ALA Convention right now.  Probably a big old chunk.  That’s okay.  Those of us stuck at home can make our OWN fun, even as we obsessively chew our nails in anticipation of tomorrow’s big ALA Media Awards announcements.  This video should be enough to [...]

Video Sunday: Steampunk rodentia

Sendak

Now this is really neat.  There’s a series called BOOKD through THINKR (apparently E’s are considered gauche these days) that will take a topic and really go into it with a panel of experts.  In this particular case the question is whether or not you should re-read Charlotte’s Web.  Author Bruce Coville and teacher/blogger/author Monica [...]

Video Sunday: Six ships of my own making

12BooksChristmas

I’ve blogged about this fellow before, but it’s been a while.  There’s a young actor in L.A. by the name of Hunter Davis who has a penchant for doing a dead on Ian McKellen imitation.  He’ll post videos of his antics from time to time, and with the release of the new Hobbit movie you [...]

Video Sunday: You had me at “giant ice cream”

DigitalScience

I think the nicest thing about the internet, for me anyway, is that if you wait around long enough things that you’ve seen live will appear online and then you can let lots of people know about them.  For example, this video of Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman is not new.  It does, however, [...]

Video Sunday: “…Rousseau and his mate Voltaire.”

FrogToadNewbery

Oh, why not.  Let’s just start with what is undoubtedly the best thing ever.  Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 90-Second Newbery and James Kennedy, the author and organizer, was clever enough to know how to start things off.  It seems that Aaron Zenz and his Boogie Woogie kids have made another [...]

Video Sunday: Always comes too late, but Friday never hesitates

M.T.Anderson

The chance to see M.T. Anderson speak at length on any topic should be celebrated in and of itself.  But to see him speak on the topic Wardrobes and Rabbit Holes: A Dark History of Children’s Literature (just this past November 7th) is the icing on the cake.  As you may remember I’ve a book [...]

Video Sunday: “I’ve promised it to Publishers’ Monthly”

Handler

See now, this is what I get for waiting when I see a good video.  I’ve been doing my Video Sundays a little less frequently since I like to do them when the content is primo.  The flipside is that sometimes I get scooped.  Such is the case with today’s video.  It is a delight [...]

Video Sunday: That cake’s my most bestest creation

FingerprintArt

Who says you need to be Ed Emerley to make fingerprints dance?  A canny bit of book promotion, this title is out this year but I certainly hadn’t heard of it until now (Laurence King Publishers, anyone?).  Now I’ll need to see it for myself.  It’s Let’s Make Some Great Fingerprint Art by Marion Deuchars.  [...]

Video Sunday: “Guys, smell 11 Birthdays”

BookSmell

I think it fitting that I follow up the last Video Sunday bit of teacher enthusiasm with this subsequent sneaky teacher taping.  “We’re just smelling books, Mr. Lewis.”  That would be Mike Lewis and though they acknowledge him at the start, it’s pretty clear they don’t know he’s taping until much later on.  This should [...]

Video Sunday: How to Start a School Year

ColbySharp

You start it with . . . EXCITEMENT! A show of hands.  Who, right now, is weeping a little over the fact that we will never have Mr. Colby Sharp as the 4th grade teacher of our youth?  That is, perhaps, the first video I would show to my students if I were teaching a [...]

Video Sunday: “… and a lion who’s a god.”

Olympics2012

Finding videos of the Voldemort vs. Mary Poppins nuttiness online was surprisingly difficult.  Finally I found a sort of recap of the Olympic 2012 opening ceremonies with reference to the rise of the great children’s literature villains (The Queen of Hearts, a Disney-esque Cruella de Ville, Captain Hook, and Voldemort) and their destruction at the [...]

Video Sunday: Han shot first

Shhh

A contemporary librarian noir starring folks I know?  Don’t mind if I do!  I had no idea that Sarah Murphy was such a fine actress but it surprises me not at all.  Written and co-directed by Joy Tomasko with co-direction, photography and post-production by Jon Dieringer and starring librarians and friends thereof, this film premiered [...]

Video Sunday: The Return

NYPLVideo

Whew!  Been a while, hasn’t it?  I hardly know where to start.  Might as well begin with my place of work, eh?  You see my library enjoys making little movies about itself from time to time.  When you’ve got an iconic set, how can you resist?  In my building (big stone lions, etc.) my Milstein [...]

World Premiere: Z Is for Moose – The Madness, the Method, the Trailer

ZIsForMoose

Ladies and gentlemen it is my supreme pleasure to show you today a little somethin’ somethin’ you’ve not seen the likes of before.  A star studded cast.  A deeply amusing book.  A video that is enjoying its world premiere here on A Fuse #8 Production today.  So sit back, pop some popcorn, and enjoy the [...]

Video Sunday: And the Reading Rainbow Mash-Ups Just Keep On Coming

Broadway

There was no question in my mind which video to begin with today.  I cannot help but think that meeting Quentin Blake must be akin to meeting Roald Dahl.  The man is a living legend and this video is a true treasure.  Would that every illustrator were half so thorough when discussing the preservation, creation, [...]