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Books on Film: SENDAK!

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Why was Maurice Sendak the star of his own 80s sitcom? He wasn’t – it just looks like it from this title screen. Shout out to for another blast from the past with a children’s literature legend.

Books on Film: Watch the The Grinch Trailer

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Call me a grinch, but I have concerns about this one.

Books on Film: Matthew Cordell on the 2018 Caldecott Medal

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Your must-watch video of the week: Matthew Cordell on a Chicagoland nature preserve talking about winning the 2018 Caldecott Medal.

Books on Film: Jason Reynolds on The Daily Show

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This was great to see. YA literary comet Jason Reynolds appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah to talk about writing for young people. It’s a must-watch, people, so get to it.   And if you’re up for more, here’s our interview with Reynolds for The Yarn:

Streaming LIVE from the Library of Congress: Jackie Woodson

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Are you reading this before 10:30 a.m. EST on January 9th, 2018? Oh good. Time is an issue because the inauguration of the next National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (you know who) is streaming live at that time and I wouldn’t want you to miss it. Click here to tune in (or bookmark if you’re early).

Books on Film: Random Thoughts on the ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Trailer

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Selected excerpts from my internal monologue while watching this trailer: They found a great Meg. That looks like one Grade A tessering scene. Oprah! The scene with all the kids outside of their houses bouncing balls at the same time is exactly how I pictured it. Galafanakis? Eurithmics soundtrack. Huh. I’d see this. What do […]

Books on Film: The Picture Book Animated

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How were classic picture books like Where the Wild Things Are and Harold and the Purple Crayon turned into animated films? Painstakingly, as this throwback video from Weston Woods shows us.

Books on Film: Talking Picture Books with McCloskey, Cooney, and Sendak


This rare video from 1964 shows Robert McCloskey, Barbara Cooney, and Maurice Sendak¹ in their studios talking about The Lively Art of Picture Books. ¹You might have seen the Sendak part in this post at Educating Alice.

Books on Film: From the Archives: Maurice Sendak on Charlie Rose in 1993

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“You tell the truth as best you can. And the people who need the truth most are children.” —Maurice Sendak Oh man, this is a good one. 25 years ago Maurice Sendak visited the Charlie Rose show to talk about his latest book at the time, We’re All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy. […]

Books on Film: From the Vault: Tomi Ungerer

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One of my favorite parts about writing this blog is when I can share something unique. Makes me feel like I’m doing my job. I’ve been a fan of Tomi Ungerer since I became a school librarian a little over a decade ago¹,  but it’s hard to find video of the guy. Today we have […]

Books on Film: Phil & Erin Stead on CBS Sunday Morning

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A message to CBS Sunday Morning: keep it up the good work. A couple weeks back the show covered Dav Pilkey, and this week they visit Philip and Erin Stead on the occasion of that book they made with Mark Twain that you might have heard of. Add this to the list of wonderful children’s […]

Morning Notes: Fan Art Edition


POPCORN-SPIRATION How did a piece of popcorn inspire E.L. Konigsburg to write From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (a book that turns 50 this year)? Click here to find out. IF I RAN THE PODCAST Are you listening to the Fuse 8 n’ Kate podcast? Betsy Bird and her sister Kate take […]

Books on Film: Dav Pilkey on CBS SUNDAY MORNING

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Travis here with some Grade A Show-This-to-Your-Students material. Dav Pilkey on the CBS Sunday Morning Show. And while you’re at it, here are a few more good ones. Mo Willems 1 Mo Willems 2 Jeff Kinney Kadir Nelson

Books on Film: In the Studio with Chris Haughton

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Any time Chris Haughton has a new book out, I take notice. He’s done some good ones: I therefore loved this video created by TATE Kids where two young interviewers pay a visit to Haughton’s studio. He gives some insight into his process and even makes a little art. This would be a good one […]

Have a Record-Breaking School Year

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Today is the beginning of the school year around here. Maybe it is where you are too. For inspiration, watch the glorious sight of 10,200 Guinness World Record books toppling to set a world record. (Still bummed that Seattle lost the title, though.)