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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

Dad and the Dinosaur

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


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


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

Cat in the Hat First Edition

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


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


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


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 […]

Books on Film: Down the I WANT MY HAT BACK Tribute Video Rabbit Hole

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*Pant* *Pant* I *Pant* *Pant* just made the mistake of *Pant* *Pant* typing in “I Want My Hat Back” into YouTube. *Pant* All sorts of crazy/weird/funny stuff came up. Here’s a three piece sampler platter. 1. I Want My Hat Back – Video Game What do Jon Klassen’s book and an NES-era role playing game […]

Books on Film: Morris Micklewhite’s Controversy

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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress is about a boy who likes to wear a dress, and how he handles the bullying he experiences because of this choice. If you haven’t read it, you should – it’s a beautiful, well-crafted book on a subject that can be tricky to tackle. Now, unfortunately, the book is the […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premier: Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales

Thunder Boy Jr

The author is a National Book Award winner. The illustrator is a Caldecott honoree. The book has received five starred reviews to date. Here is the first look at the trailer for Thunder Boy Jr. You can also check out Alexie talking about Thunder Boy Jr. on The Daily Show last night:

Books on Film: In the Studio with Marla Frazee

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I will take any “in the studio with…” video you got, but this one’s special. Marla Frazee shares her life, work and inspirations. It’s so well done. (Thanks to a bunch of people on Facebook for the link)

Books on Film: Watch the Trailer for The BFG


Directed by Steven Spielberg, this adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic arrives in theaters on July 1st, 2016