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90-Second Newbery

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival returns to NYC on December 2 at 4 pm.  Check out the details.

Kids who love videos as much as they love books will want to check out this event, hosted by the festival’s  hilarious co-creators James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and Jon Scieszka (The Stinky Cheese Man) with special guest appearances by Kate DiCamillo, author of the Newbery award-winner The Tale of Despereaux and Rita Williams-Garcia, author of the Newbery honor book One Crazy Summer.  The finalists from a national contest of kid-created videos based on award-winning books will premiere their works at Symphony Space.

I know most of us don’t live in the greater New York area, but you don’t have to attend in order to submit a video, and it looks like a great project for children.


Jonathan Hunt About Jonathan Hunt

Jonathan Hunt is the Coordinator of Library Media Services at the San Diego County Office of Education. He served on the 2006 Newbery committee, and has also judged the Caldecott Medal, the Printz Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. You can reach him at


  1. Thanks for getting the word about the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival! But psst, your link doesn’t work. Here’s a link to the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival main website: which not only gives info about the New York screening but also screenings in Chicago, Portland, and Tacoma! Thanks!

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