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Just came across these fun book-focused parodies of Meghan Trainor's "All About The Bass", like Mount Desert Island High School:
Also love this "All About That Book" video from Griffin Elementary's Literacy Night:
and "All About The Books" from Andover Elementary:
and from Calusa Elementary:
and from Christina Iadicicco on YouTube:
And they're all right, of course! It's ALL ABOUT THE BOOKS.
Constance Wu, the lead actress from the Fresh Off the Boat TV series, took on First Book’s speed reading challenge. In the video embedded above, Wu reads aloud from Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit.
Wu (pictured, via) managed to recite 59 words in 10 seconds. Click on these links to watch speed reading attempts from author Mo Willems, two actors from the Agent Carter show, and two actors from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show.
Sarah Kay, a spoken word poet and the founder of the Project V.O.I.C.E. organization, recited a piece called \"Montauk\" at Inner City Arts. The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring Kay’s performance and it has drawn more than 27,000 views.
Kay drew inspiration for this piece from a line found in Richard Siken’s poem, \"Detail of the Woods.\" Follow these links to listen to a reading of Kay’s poem “The Type” and her talk on the TED stage.
StoryCorps founder and author Dave Isay has been chosen as the winner of this year’s TED Prize. This award comes with a one million dollar cash prize.
Isay recently delivered a talk at the TED 2015 conference called “Everyone Around You Has a Story the World Needs to Hear.” We’ve embedded a video showcasing the entire presentation above—what do you think?
Traditionally, those who win the TED Prize share a wish with the world. According to the TED Blog, Isay hopes “that you will help us to take everything we’ve learned through StoryCorps and bring it to the world so that anyone, anywhere, can easily record a meaningful interview with another human being, which then will be archived for history.”
Could you ever imagine Lord Voldemort as a pop star? A YouTuber who calls himself KFaceTV created a Harry Potter-themed parody of the song “Uptown Funk.”
The video embedded above features “Dark Lord Funk” performed by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and his band of Death Eaters; it has drawn more than 316,000 views. Click here to watch the original music video with the Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ track.
Is going after the Iron Throne actually worth it? The team at Business Insider has deemed the Seven Kingdoms to be “a terrible investment.”
The video embedded above features an economic analysis of Westeros and an explanation about the great debts this realm has accumulated. Perhaps if this report were relayed to Queen Regnant Cersei Lannister, she might lighten up a little bit—what do you think?
Author Jon Scieszka and illustrator Brian Biggs star in a video promoting audiobooks. The video embedded above features Scieszka wearing a mad scientist outfit and Biggs donning a robot mask.
The creative duo collaborated together on the Frank Einstein books. ABRAMS just released the newest installment of this middle-grade series, Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger. (via Shelf-Awareness.com)
Could you ever picture the Harry Potter series as a “a lighthearted comedy?” BuzzFeed reports that a Tumblr user who calls himself Jeremiah Rivera created the “Friends Intro Harry Potter Edition” video.
The video embedded above has drawn more than 627,000 views on YouTube. It features scenes showcasing The Boy Who Lived, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, and Ginny Weasley. (via BuzzFeed)
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Morning, folks. We’re beginning this Sunday morn with stuff that’s good for the soul. How often have you said to yourself, “I’d love to own some original art from illustrator Matthew Cordell but I’m too busy spending all my cash on children’s literacy foundations”? Well, fear not! Now you can do both. In celebration of their book Special Delivery, Messrs. Cordell and Philip Stead are going to hold a raffle for five pieces of awesome art. You win by donating money to good causes. The details are here and the video here:
Next up, the American Hogwarts. I mean, it is if by “Hogwarts” you’re referring to a well-established university setting with a clear cut amazing children’s collection, staff, program schedule, and more. Princeton finally decided to create a little trailer for the Cotsen Children’s Library, and I have to say I’m stunned. First off, there’s my girl Dana Sheridan killing it with the storytimes. Then there’s the just wide range of services they provide. And the furniture, dear GOD the furniture!! I’m fascinated by the Cotsen Critix program too since bookclubs for 9-12 year-olds are my weakness. Wish I lived closer to it! Here’s more background information and here’s the trailer:
Someday I shall teach a course on the art of the book trailer. In it I will show all the different myriad styles and techniques one can utilize when coming up with your very own. And always assuming that I remember, I shall include this simple, lovely trailer for The Mystery Hat by Rune Brandt Bennicke and Jakob Hjort Jensen . Sometimes it’s all in the soundtrack, folks.
There go Scieszka and Biggs. I’ve suspected for years that they were in the pocket of Big Audiobook but never had the proof . . . until now!!
Seriously, though, I’m-a wanting that crazy white wig.
So this year we are seeing not one but TWO different early chapter book series about Latino girls. This is a good thing since the running tally before 2015 was . . . um . . . yeah, it was zero. Zero series in total. The first is the Emma Is On the Air series by Ida Siegal and illustrated by Karla Pena. The second is the Sofia Martinez series by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Kim Smith. But only one of these (as of this post) has a book trailer:
It’s not a children’s book. It’s not even a YA novel. It’s (*gasp* *shudder*) an adult book . . . but its book trailer is adorable. I can resist it, not at all.
Thanks to Alison Morris for the link.
I had not yet taken the time to see the trailer for the Lena Dunham/Hilary Knight documentary. Nothing too surprising to see here, but it’s certainly a very clear cut case of a famous person attempting to shine their light on someone they admire who might not be a household name (though Eloise certainly is).
Thanks to educating alice for the link.
And I’m not feeling too creative on the off-topic video of the day. And when the going gets tough, the tough links to cat/dog videos. So goes the world. So goes the world.
Neil Gaiman and Michael Chabon recently sat for a conversation at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. The two writers talked about their craft, stories, and beloved author Sir Terry Pratchett.
The video embedded above features the portion of their discussion where they talked about Pratchett and his influence on the literary community. Click here to watch a recording of the entire event. On the same day that Gaiman learned of Pratchett’s passing, he wrote a short blog post to express his feelings about his dear friend.
Here’s an excerpt: “Thirty years and a month ago, a beginning author met a young journalist in a Chinese Restaurant, and the two men became friends, and they wrote a book, and they managed to stay friends despite everything. Last night, the author died. There was nobody like him. I was fortunate to have written a book with him, when we were younger, which taught me so much.” (via The Huffington Post)
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The laws of US Congress—federal statutes—often contain ambiguous or even contradictory wording, creating a problem for the judges tasked with interpreting them. Should they only examine the text or can judges consult sources beyond the statutes themselves? Is it relevant to consider the purposes of lawmakers in writing law?
The post Interpreting the laws of the US Congress appeared first on OUPblog.
HBO has unveiled a new clip from the fifth season of Game of Thrones. The video embedded above showcases a tense conversation between Tyrion Lannister and Lord Varys.
The forthcoming new episodes will feature surprises for fans now that the story from the TV show adaptation has caught up with the one in George R.R. Martin’s book series. Click on these links to watch the first trailer and the second trailer. (via The Hollywood Reporter)
Feeling crafty? The Shabby DIY YouTube channel has created a video on how to “Make Comic Book Wrapped Wood Letters.” If you want to make this decorative project, watch the video tutorial embedded above. To add more comic book flair to your home, check out these links for tutorials on how to construct a Superman-themed shovel, an Avengers-themed bookshelf, and a cardboard Baby Groot statue.
Writer Clementine von Radics recited her poem “Advice to Teenage Girls with Wild Ambitions and Trembling Hearts” at the 2015 Soap Boxing Poetry Slam. The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video of her performance (embedded above) and it has drawn more than 39,000 views.
A different version of Von Radics’ piece can be found in her forthcoming collection, Mouthful of Forevers. Andrews McMeel Publishing will release the book on April 7th.
Twentieth Century Fox has unveiled a trailer for the Paper Towns film adaptation. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actor Nat Wolff in the lead role of Quentin Jacobsen and actress Cara Delevingne as his love interest Margo Roth Spiegelman.
Not too long ago, executive producer and author John Green shot a behind-the-scenes video from the movie set and posted it on the VlogBrothers YouTube channel. The official release date has been scheduled for July 24th. (via the Paper Towns Facebook page)
Have you ever felt puzzled by Plato’s allegory of the cave? The video embedded above features a four-minute lesson about this ancient text which can be found in Book VII of The Republic.
Over at the TED-Ed website, viewers can access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources. Click here to download a digital edition of The Republic.
What happens when you need a bookmark but you don’t have one on hand? According to a poll conducted by the EpicReads team, bibliophiles have turned to a number of creative options including a tissue, a five-dollar bill, and a sock.
The video embedded above features an in-depth look at this issue. Follow this link to access a tutorial on how to make a heart-shaped bookmark.
How do you cope with waiting for the new Avengers movie to be released? One fan, a YouTuber who goes by the name JohnnyB2K, created a mash-up using all three Age of Ultron trailers.
The video embedded above features scenes from the movie woven together so that it tells a story in chronological order. Click on these links to watch a clip, a teaser trailer, trailer #1, and trailer #2. (via BuzzFeed)
It’s interesting to me how some ideas take time to marinate, while others click right away. The Halloween Circus concept came late last year after the Quest For The Ore Crystals. The story concept was entirely different at the time. After a while, the project went to the back burner until recently. Out of nowhere the genie hit me on the head and I scripted the first draft of Halloween Circus.
One of the fun parts for me is the creation of the cover of a new project. Who knows if this cover will stick or not, but it was enjoyable to work on. Check out the time-lapse video below and let me know your thoughts. Ciao.
Here’s the final image from this session:
Sick and tired of the cold winter weather? The Homemade Game Guru YouTube channel offers a fun idea for comics fans: a Superman Shovel. If you want to make this cardboard project, watch the video tutorial embedded above. What do you think?
Writer Javon Johnson (pictured, via) recited a poem called \"A Letter to My Unborn Daughter\" at The Ill List poetry invitational. Johnson weaves several nuggets of advice into this piece.
The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring his performance and it has drawn more than 32,000 views. Click here to listen to another one of Ford’s pieces.
What happens when you cross the Game of Thrones HBO series with The Princess Bride film adaptation? Collaborators Shawn Kohne and Todd Spence have created a funny mash-up called “Princess of Thrones.”
The video embedded above has drawn more than 14,000 views on YouTube—what do you think? Click on these links to watch a Game of Thrones/House of Cards parody and a Game of Thrones meets Disney piece. (via BuzzFeed)
What happens when you cross a tank with a library? Artist Raul Lemesoff decided to find out by constructing a “Weapon of Mass Instruction.”
The video embedded above (created by the 7 Up soda company) showcases Lemesoff’s creation making visits to different communities within Argentina. MyModernMet.com reports that free books were given away to pedestrians who encountered this vehicle.
Here’s more from Mental Floss: “Less of a weapon, and more of a moving library, Lemesoff created a new way to spread information and ideas. The artist converted a 1979 Ford Falcon into a tank-like vehicle, complete with an upper chamber and barrel (it doesn’t shoot books, unfortunately). The book-tank features enough shelf space for 900 books, from novels to poetry.” (via Bored Panda)
About a week ago the 90-Second Newbery premiered at New York Public Library (PW did a nice write-up of it here) and the afternoon was a stellar success. My Lit Salon went over so I didn’t have a chance to see much of it, but fortunately James Kennedy, who created the darn thing, did me a favor and curated some of the best little videos of the year.
First off, what may well be my favorite video. Claymation has always done the 90-Second Newbery proud. Now they’re all the prouder with a Claymation version of Steve Sheinkin’s Bomb: The Race To Build–And Steal–The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Jennings Mergenthal of Tacoma, WA.
Extra points for the Tom Lehrer at the end.
Then it’s Ramona And Her Father done as a musical by the kids at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. I felt very proud that as an adult I could identify all but two of the tunes they were singing.
How about that father doing The Snake? Kid’s got moves! Plus this had the advantage of making me want to read that book again.
But why watch just one? In today’s economy a story about a dad losing his job has special significance. This Ramona And Her Father is done as a James Bond movie by a different set of kids at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development.
What’s particularly interesting to me is that both Ramonas used very similar stock images of suburban houses between their shots. I also love that in this one they decided to pay attention to the details and put the driver on the British side of the car.
I love too clever teenagers. So this ominous foreshadowing ridden version of Bridge To Terabithia by Rochester Community Television in Rochester, NY appeals to the 15-year-old in me.
And finally . . . MORE stop animation! This time it’s the Atwater’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins courtesy of Girl Scout Troop 2539 from Urbana, IL.
I told you I had a weakness for that stuff.
For our off-topic video, this has nothing to do with 90-Second Newbery and everything to do with House of Cards. It’s the Sesame Street parody. Seemed fitting in an odd way. We’re all about the homages today.
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I’m a sucker for a good time travel story. By my count only a few have ever won the Newbery (is it two or three? You decide). Fewer still have won the National Book Award in the youth category. Even so, they live in a special place in my heart. So to hear that a book has the title The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens . . . well that’s a near impossible title to resist, is it not? This week on Fuse #8 TV I interview Henry Clark, but only after I tell you the terrible secret lurking in your copy of Go, Dog, Go.
By the way, this episode was very fun to record. Too fun, in fact. Under normal circumstances I can remember to thank my sponsor and to place their title card at the end of each episode. This time I was so wowed by the prospect of coffee cups and what have you that it completely skipped my mind. So a big hearty THANK YOU to Little, Brown for Mr. Clark’s presence. Here is the slide I forgot to project:
And here is SLJ’s info:
As you can see, all the Fuse #8 TV episodes are archived here.
A tip of the hat to all parties involved!