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Books on Film: Lunch Lady TED Talk

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Children’s literature’s own Jarrett J. Krosoczka is featured on the TED website today. For good reason – his inspiring talk Why Lunch Ladies are Heroes is an inspirational reminder that “a thank you can change a life.” Click here to watch on the TED website

Books on Film: Staake Spotted

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While watching the Top 100 House Party Songs on Fuse last night (don’t judge), who do I see? Bob Staake – the illustrator responsible for Bluebird, The Red Lemon, and a batch of other picture books. No, he hasn’t created one of the Top 100 House Party Songs of all time (although I’m guessing he [...]

Books on Film: ‘They’re Playing a Game Without Rules’

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The first book Dahlov Ipcar ever illustrated was The Little Fisherman, written by a gal named Margaret Wise Brown. Ipcar went on to illustrate somewhere in the neighborhood of thirty more. This video, produced by Nobrow/Flying Eye Books on the occasion of the re-release of two of Ipcar’s books (The Wonderful Egg and I Like [...]

Books on Film: Kate DiCamillo on NBC

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I’m back in the Mitten State after watching Kate DiCamillo and Brian Floca collect their Newbery and Caldecott Medals in Las Vegas during the ALA Annual Conference. Good timing, then, for nbcnews.com to run this story about Ms. Dicamillo’s perseverance on the rejection-filled road to publication. A must watch.

Books on Film: Conversations in Creativity

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Short, snappy videos of illustrators in their studios – can we really have enough of these? I loved this one, featuring Hanoch Piven. Not ringing a bell, you say? I bet you’re familiar with his work: This video gives some insight into how he creates his distinct art. *Spoiler* Tons and tons of tchotchkes. Tons.

Books on Film: John Green Drops Children’s Lit Knowledge

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John Green has a weekly series of videos for MentalFloss. This time out, he covers 47 charming facts about children’s books. Even if you fancy yourself an expert, you’ll likely learn something new here. This is my favorite video in a while.

Books on Film: Watch the Trailer for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Let’s just say it isn’t a faithful adaptation. (Thanks to EarlyWord for the link)

Books on Film: In the Studio with Hilda Creator Luke Pearson

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I’d like kids to be able to read it in bed, with a torch. That’s cool. For fans of children’s literature, a peek inside a creator’s studio is a treat. This video with Hilda graphic novelist Luke Pearson is just that. A joy to watch. Luke Pearson from Nobrow Ltd on Vimeo.

Books on Film: Why Is Mo Willems In Paris?

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What is Mo Willems (a.k.a. the Bill Murray of Children’s Literature) doing in Paris? Thinking deep thoughts, of course.

Books on Film: The Longest Comic Strip Ever

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Big Nate creator Lincoln Peirce was on the Today show recently to, you know, just collect a Guinness plaque for assembling the world’s longest comic strip. I say assembled because he had some help – kids from around the country. Tune in, if for no other reason than to hear him utter the following genius [...]

Books on Film: Claymation Wild Things

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Have you ever searched “Where the Wild Things Are” on YouTube? All kinds of unusual stuff. This one stuck with me – a claymation version of the children’s classic. Be sure to stick around for the wild rumpus.

Books on Film: The Giver is Coming to the Big Screen

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Books on Film: John Green on Making Things

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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.

Books on Film: Making ‘The Calls’

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Interested in seeing some of our greatest living authors and illustrators at a loss for words? The American Library Association just posted video of the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King committees notifying their winners. An exciting morning of waking people up to tell them something cool.

Books on Film: There’s Waldo

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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 [...]