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Video Sunday: From Argentina to Germany, It’s a Worldwide Trip!

Happy Easter, folks!  Tis a bonny Easter Video Sunday . . . . not really.  One of these videos does show a bunny at one point, though.  Can YOU find it?  The answer is at the end of this post.

First up, my co-writer Jules Danielson was in town recently and managed to get herself on national television while here.  I’ve been in New York for 11 years and haven’t managed such a thing once.  So well done to her!  She’s the second person in this video to stuff their mouth full o’ Peeps.  It’ll make sense when you see it:

Technically this next video is an ad but you have no sense of that until you reach the end anyway. Plus it’s cute:

Weapons of Mass Instruction: A 1979 Ford Falcon Converted in a Tank Armored with 900 Free Books from Colossal on Vimeo.

Of course, as a librarian I want to know how those books were chosen and what the titles are that he hands to the kids. Curation! Curation! Curation! Thanks to Mike Lewis for the link.

I don’t know if you’re aware of it, but Nathan Hale, of the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series, has started his own YouTube series.  You may have seen his previous video about drawing war hats.  Well, video #2’s out and it’s about drawing everybody’s favorite character, The Hangman.  I love this format for doing videos.  Very nice for illustrators.  Take note, folks.

We’ve been saying for years that someone out there in network television land should interview the Newbery and Caldecott winners again. So PBS Newshour picked up the slack and did a great interview with Kwame Alexander. Of course, they make a rookie mistake right at the start by saying the Newbery is for “young adult literature” (does no one VET the news over there, PBS?) but I’m cutting them slack for doing this at all. Now about Mr. Santat . . .

Next up, Voldemort.  Because what is Easter without something that has NOTHING to do with Easter?

There’s an app out for the amazing book Lindbergh by Torben Kuhlmann.  And, as you might expect, it looks gorgeous.  Torben will be in town while I am in Austin so I am drowning my sorrows in this app.  *sigh*

And for our off-topic video, something appropriately Easterish:

So which video had the bunny?  If you said it was the Nathan Hale post, you’re correct!  Go eat yourself a chocolate.

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. Yay, Julie!

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Says the man who managed to run into Color Me Katie when he visited. What is it with you children’s literature people and your luck?

      • About ten years ago when I was starting out in publishing I stayed in NY for a week. During that week I sat and showed my art portfolio to Marisa Tomei in an Italian restaurant while dining with an editor. I was talking to a little girl in the Met when I looked up and realized that her mother was Julianne Moore and then I chatted with Horatio Sans from SNL in some random quiet street for like 5 minutes and then a half hour later I realized I was walking next to Eric Stoltz and his ten speed down the street in Chelsea. That all happened in a week! I thought, “Wow , there are celebs everywhere around here.”

      • Elizabeth Bird says

        Indeed. Or we could just dub this “The Luck of the Santat” which rolls trippingly off the tongue. I suspect many New Yorkers, like myself, so rarely make eye contact that we miss 90% of the celebs who pass us on the streets. The first week I moved here I passed Dustin Hoffman on the sidewalk. Since then my vision has narrowed significantly.

  2. Betsy, ALL these videos were so much fun to watch! And Julie mentioned the TV thing on her blog, but I’m SO glad you posted the actual clip here 😀 Raul is classic (minus the 7up part) and the HP parody was amazing! Love ALL of them. Thanks so much for taking the time to post these 🙂