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Video Sunday: Gingerbread houses, red carpets, and virtual toilet paper

How do, folks.  Well, as you might have heard, this past ALA Caldecott/Newbery/Wilder Banquet saw me interviewing hoards of famous people alongside the multi-talented Jim Averbeck and partner-in-crime Kristin Clark.  Those videos have now all appeared online at a single solitary location: Kidlit Red Carpet.  It is very unfortunate that my interview with Laura Rodgers failed to fully record thanks to a dying camera battery.  Sorry, Laura!

Of the multitude of interviews on the site (including almost every single one of the winners) I am going to eschew the usual suspects and post here my talk with Roger Sutton.  In this interview Roger reveals the strangest Newbery/Caldecott Banquet he ever attended.  And no, it wasn’t the Stephen Gammell year.  Check it:

Next up, a book trailer that (for once) is guaranteed to make you want to see the book itself firsthand.  If I’m not too much mistaken Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault already has a star from Kirkus.  This video then does a splendid job of setting the mood.

Speaking of mood, this edition of Hansel and Gretel by Sybille Schenker may not be available in the States yet, but I have it on good authority that it’s coming soon.  Phew!

Of course the nature of the internet as it is, once you start noticing the related videos on the side of the screen it’s all over.  That’s how I found this French production of Hansel and Gretel anyway.

As many of you already know, when it comes to children’s literary podcasts the pickings can be slim.  That’s why it’s such a pleasure to listen to Katie Davis.  Recently Katie conducted a webinar and, generous soul that she is, made it available online.  In her own words this video provides:

  • 150 Resources for Writers
  • answers to a listener’s question by Kelly Light, Diandra Mae, and Peter Brown
  • how you can create drag and drop animation with my art using Powtoon!
  • how I got the deal going to do this
  • how you can request images for me to draw and Powtoon to put into the Katie Davis theme

It’s in your best interests if you’re a writer and afraid of some aspects of self-promotion available to you, to check this out.

And for our off-topic video, is it really all that off-topic?  Certainly it isn’t the first French video today and the message will certainly resonate with a whole swath of you.  I don’t usually post ads, but once in a while I make an exception.

Thanks to Mom for the link.

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.