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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 about this book (with a reading by Jane Curtin and a presentation by Leonard Marcus to boot) there are still tickets for the Symphony Space event available.  I’m going dress shopping for it today, but what does one wear for such a thing?

Speaking of book trailers, I would not mind living in a world where Julian Hector created all them.  Nope.  Wouldn’t mind a jot.  Case in point:

These next two are great.  Recently Roger Sutton was the proud recipient of the Reader to Reader Norton Juster Award for Contribution to Children’s Literature.  Now Norton had recorded a video to present this to Roger, but unfortunately the sound didn’t work out.  So here we have what may be the only time you will ever someone lip-synch Norton Juster.  That someone being, of course, gallery owner and award-winning children’s author Rich Michelson, of course:

Naturally you can hardly talk about Mr. Juster without mentioned Mr. Jules Feiffer as well:

Now I was recently alerted to the next few videos, and I have to say they’re brilliant.  Someone at ALA must have had the wherewithal to contact various authors and illustrators who won awards at the ALA Youth Media Awards and recorded them discussing their wins.  As a result you get to hear from Rafael Lopez for the Pure Belpre:

John Rocco for his Caldecott Honor win:

Even Mo Willems for his Geisel Honor (it helps when you have your own toys, I suppose):

You can catch the bulk of them here.  Big thanks to Samantha Vamos for letting me know about them!

And for our off-topic video, so there I was minding my own business.  Not a care in the world.  Then, suddenly, out of the blue, I realized that I was living in the future.  And what was it that made this so infinitely clear?  Two words: 3D Printers.  Or is that three words?

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. Could you possibly dress up as Aunt Beast? I would love that. Tentacle fingers. Fun.

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      How did you know she was my favorite character? In my parenting, I aspire to be an Aunt Beast. In my looks I suspect I’m halfway there (tentacle-hairwise anyway).

  2. My pleasure!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing Julian’s wonderful book trailer…and for the dancing squirrel warning.

  4. Christine Bird says

    It seems obvious to me that you should buy a dress with wrinkles in t.