While John Green writes books that are for an older audience than I typically cover, I’m fascinated by the guy like everyone else. I came across this video yesterday that only adds to my appreciation. Mr. Green gives a talk at his alma mater on making things that is entirely worth your time.
First reaction: “How cool!” Second reaction: “This is terrible!” Slate has figured out a foolproof strategy for finding Waldo. Let’s just keep this between us, okay? I’d hate for this information to fall into the hands of young readers. (Thanks to Jim Averbeck for the link) If you can’t see the embedded video, click here [...]
Boy, do I like my book dominoes. I like them small, I like them big, I like them created by book stores. And now I like them from New Zealand, where the latest bit of book domino creativity hails. Extra points for: Beginning the video with a book going into the return. The orchestral soundtrack. [...]
You’ve heard about the Rush Limbaugh children’s book, right? Whether democrat or republican, I think we all can agree to quietly drop our heads into our hands and begin shaking¹. Stephen Colbert recently used Limbaugh’s book as an opportunity to look at some other conservative children’s lit (and also get in on the action himself). [...]
A while back I posted some videos of vintage pop up books from the childrensbookstore.com blog. The collection is a rare and unusual book lovers paradise of early pop up and lift the flap books. Now the library has been updated, including the relatively new – Star Wars, Star Trek, and Superman pop ups, and [...]
A few months back a video of the Seattle Public Library’s record-breaking book domino made the rounds. It was incredible: Well, now the Central Library in Cape Town, South Africa has bested Seattle’s record. As evidenced by the video below. I sincerely hope this book domino arms race continues. (Thanks to Book Patrol for the [...]
Everyone, hold up your coffees. I’d like to propose a toast. Here’s to good ideas! Now go ahead and drink all the rest of your coffee in one gulp (Warning: 100 Scope Notes is not responsible for any resulting scalding). This year all the finalists for the Kate Greenaway and Carnegie medals (the prestigious English [...]
If you like your children’s lit history lessons in four minute installments, this video’s for you. Michael Slicker of Lighthouse Books provides a quickie history of the origins of children’s lit, in the process shouting out Randolph Caldecott, Lewis Carroll, and Kate Greenaway. And I have two words for you: linen books.
How do you prevent being eaten whole by a monster? PBS has a video series called Blank on Blank with a mission to “curate and transform journalists’ unheard interviews with icons, bringing them to life on radio, mobile apps, YouTube, and beyond.” They recently gave the video treatment to a 2009 Newsweek interview with Maurice [...]
Tomi Ungerer documentary Far Out Isn’t Far Enough is billed as “One man’s wild, lifelong adventure of testing society’s boundaries through his subversive art”. Based on the first line in this trailer I’d say … pretty accurate. A film about the life and times of a children’s literature legend that isn’t for children. Click the image [...]
Aww, yeah – how’s that for a screencap? Don’t rub your eyes – you’re not watching C-SPAN2 in the year 2000 (wildest dreams just don’t come true that easily). It’s video of the 2000 Newbery/Caldecott Medal announcement. 2000 isn’t that far back, so it’s interesting to see the differences between these fairly calm “ALA Book [...]