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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 related children’s literary site called Watch. Connect. Read. Or you may know him best from his SLJ cover boy stint (seen here).  I ordered him a medium sized  hurricane for the occasion but forgot to change the shipping address to Illinois, so it ended up here in New York today instead.  Dang.  In any case Mr. Schu’s the kind of guy who’s so dedicated to pairing kids with books that in lieu of a water-based storm front there is something else you can get him.  Kirby Larson suggested the brilliant idea of donating a book to a school library or making a donation to First Book in his honor. In fact, they’ve even put up a great post in his honor.  Tis a brilliant notion and one that I wholeheartedly support.  Happy birthday, Mr. S!

Oh.  And a couple other folks wanted to join in on the happy birthday wishes too.

And now on to your usual vid selection.  New rule that I just made up.  From now on, all book trailers must be created by fans.  And, if we can pick which fans, they should be folks like Lily here, aged 12.

Thanks to Laurel Snyder for the link.

It’s a good plan.  It just happens to fall apart when you come across professional trailers like this one for The Apothecary by Maile Meloy (which I’ll read soon, I promise).

I’m greatly enjoying the New York Times video series in which editor Pamela Paul interviews various luminaries in the field.  The most recent: A talk with Laurent de Brunhoff who has kept up his father’s character (Babar) over the years.  It would be interesting to have a talk between the heirs of famous children’s literary characters who have kept up their ancestors’ creations.  There would be de Brunhoff and John Bemelmans Marciano (for the Madeline books).  Thatcher Hurd has never done additional Goodnight Moon books in the style of Clement Hurd but we could let him in on the talk as well.  Any others come to mind?

In other news, somebody’s been watching a bit of Monty Python, methinks.

Thanks to AL Direct for the link.

And finally, for our off-topic digression, sometimes you pick the videos and sometimes the videos pick you.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Turning 30 is not so bad. This is turning out to be the best birthday ever. (I should reread Charise Mercile Harper’s The Best Birthday Ever.) Thank you, Elizabeth!

  2. Herman Parish could join the heir discussion (assuming nephews count, and I don’t see why they shouldn’t).

  3. The Hobo Librarian reminds me of Terry Pratchett’s gypsy teachers!