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Morning Notes: 90 Second Edition


Well, the Newbery announcement is coming in a week and a half, but The 90 Second Newbery Festival is also just around the corner. This is the fourth year of Young filmmakers retelling Newbery winners if often wonderful ways. A Fuse #8 Production covered it a couple years back and it looks like a blast. Take a look, the festival might be coming to your town:

Sunday, January 25, 2015 The CHICAGO screening at Adventure Stage Chicago (Vittum Theater, 1012 N Noble St, Chicago, IL). With co-host Keir Graff(The Other Felix). 3-4:30 pm. Reserve a seat.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 The OAKLAND, CA screening at the Rockridge branch of the Oakland Public Library (5366 College Ave., Oakland, CA). 12-1 pm. Reserve a seat.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 The SAN FRANCISCO screening at the San Francisco Public Library main branch (100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA). With co-host bestselling author Annie Barrows (Ivy and Bean). 4-5:30 pm. Reserve a seat.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 The TACOMA screening at the Tacoma Public Library (1102 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma, WA). 3-5 pm. Reserve a seat.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 The PORTLAND AREA screening at the Troutdale Library branch (2451 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR). 5-6 pm. Reserve a seat.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 The MINNEAPOLIS screening at the Minneapolis Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN) in Pohlad Hall. With co-host Kelly Barnhill (The Witch’s Boy). 3-4:30 pm. Reserve a seat.

Saturday, March 7, 2015 The MANHATTAN screening at the New York Public Library (Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY), in the Bartos Forum. With co-host Ame Dyckman (Boy + Bot, Wolfie the Bunny). 3-5 pm. Reserve a seat.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 The BROOKLYN, NY screening at the Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY) with co-host Peter Lerangis (The 39 Clues, the Seven Wonders series). In the Dweck Auditorium. 2-4 pm.


The latest crop of Battle of the Kids’ Books contenders has arrived, a nice mix of middle grade fiction, YA fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels. I’m going to call the winner right now: El Deafo. Click here to see all the contenders. The battles begin March 9.


Candlewick Press is trying something different – letting kids pick the cover of the next Timmy Failure book. While this sort of thing has become more common in the age of social media, it’s still fairly rare. I say if the publisher has two covers they are completely happy with, why not let the reader choose? Click here to vote.

Roland the Minstrel Pig by William Steig. Out November 24, 2015.

Usually I talk about new books here, and this one sort of fits the bill. Farrar, Straus and Giroux is reissuing a bunch of William Steig’s books, including this one, which happens to be his first.

This probably isn’t the first time you’ve seen this link, and it probably won’t be the last – a mother describes every issue she has with the room in Goodnight Moon. Why did I never realize just how huge it is? Fans of children’s books and laughing: must read.

(I found this via Lisa Brown on Facebook)

Teacher and Nerdy Book Club co-founder Colby Sharp was wondering something: how big do children’s illustrators draw? A lot of folks have answered the call.

It’s been a Suess-a-palooza lately with the videos around here. Today we have a short and sweet take on the making of Green Eggs and Ham.


About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I love Battle of the Book season! I see some great favorites but I also see that I need to get reading- there are quite a few that I haven’t gotten to yet.

  2. Oh, that Good Night Moon critique is priceless! I started laughing out loud while working at the information desk.

  3. Thanks so much for talking up the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, Travis! Folks who want a sneak peek at what’ll be featured can feast their eyes on this HORROR VERSION of “Charlotte’s Web”: http://jameskennedy.com/2015/01/15/90-second-newbery-charlottes-web-horror-style/