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Books on Film: Getting to Know Maurice Sendak

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So what was passionately close to my heart was a kid. And a kid doing something. And whatever that something was was what the book was going to be about. That’s Maurice Sendak (who as we now know is unquestionably better than Dr. Seuss) talking about the heart of what was to become his masterpiece: Where […]

Books on Film: Getting to Know James Marshall

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“Jimmy, you will never be an artist.” I love this Weston Woods video featuring children’s literature legend James Marshall. The story of why he stopped drawing as a kid is equal parts heartbreaking and triumphant. (via Austin Kleon)

Books on Film: Batman and Bill

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The other day I got an email from author Marc Tyler Nobleman. You know his books, right? He was reaching out because one of his books had been turned into a documentary – this one: The doc is called Batman and Bill and it premieres on Hulu May 6. Mr. Nobleman wondered if I might […]

Books on Film: Enter the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine

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What’s this? A librarian at a podium holding up a physical copy of a book? We must have stumbled into the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine. Before the live webcast, before social media, before the Geisel, before it was even called the Youth Media Awards, we had the “Newbery & Caldecott Medals Award Ceremony” on C-SPAN2. I’ve […]

Books on Film: Shannon Hale, Jerry Pinkney, and Raina Telgemeier on Literacy

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The Library of Congress recently released a series of short videos with authors talking about literacy (I shared one with Kwame Alexander last week). Today we hear from more children’s literature voices, including Shannon Hale, Jerry Pinkney, and Raina Telgemeier.

Books on Film: Javaka Steptoe LIVE

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The New York Times invited our reigning Caldecott Medalist, Javaka Steptoe, to create some art on Facebook Live the other day.

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko and Dan Santat

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Gennifer Choldenko: Newbery Honor winner. Dan Santat: Caldecott Medal winner. These two got together and made a book: It’s called Dad and the Dinosaur. It arrives on March 28, 2017. Today we have a first look at the trailer. But first – a little about the book from the publisher: The story follows a boy named […]

Books on Film: The Making of an Amazing Cover

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Wow. Wow. I just keep saying it. When I saw the cover for Cassie Beasley’s next book, Tumble & Blue, I was impressed. When Entertainment Weekly shared a video of how it was made, I was amazed. Check it out:

Books on Film: In the Studio with a Pop-Up Master

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Matthew Reinhart is the guy who pretty much makes every pop-up book not made by Robert Sabuda. The guy is a paper engineering wizard. Science Friday recently interviewed Reinhart in his studio with fascinating results. In this video you will learn: The basic pop-up folds and how they are used. How Reinhart approaches each pop-up […]

Books on Film: Oliver Jeffers on The Late Late Show

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This is my solemn vow: If a maker of children’s books appears on television, I’ll be there. So when I spotted this Oliver Jeffers post on Instagram . . . . . . I got on the case of tracking down that video. I traveled all the way to Ireland¹ to get it. It’s great. And […]

Books on Film: How to Spot a First Edition of The Cat in the Hat

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My book collection is as haphazard as they come. Maybe because of this, I’ve always admired folks who collect books with a purpose – 1st editions, signed copies, all the winners of a specific award – that kind of thing. I recently came across this video, where a rare book expert breaks down all the elements […]

Books on Film: Drawing a Story with Jeff Kinney

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A while back, Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney appeared on Sprout TV to draw a story. It’s Halloween-themed – something to keep in your back pocket until fall.

Books on Film: Pop-Up Secrets with Robert Sabuda

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When you think Robert Sabuda, you think pup-up books. The guy is a master. A little while back, he appeared on Sprout TV to share some of his knowledge. Keep this in your back pocket to share with kids.

Books on Film: Moomin in Documentary Land

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Have other folks shared this? I bet other folks have shared this. But it’s July, dang it, and I refuse to Google stuff in July! How many professional-quality documentaries out there feature children’s book creators? Not as many as I’d like. Today we have a wonderful documentary of Moomin creator Tove Janssen. The Moomin are […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: RETURN by Aaron Becker

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Journey came first. Quest was next. Today, I have the pleasure of sharing this first look at the trailer for the third and final book in Aaron Becker’s award-winning picture book trilogy: Return. I talked to Becker about creating the trailer and how he feels now that the trilogy is coming to a close. Travis: What’s it like […]