Dog-Eared: October 2015

New and exciting in the world of children’s and teens’s literature:

This is the fifth year of *drumroll* the 90-Second Newbery Award Film Festival! The festival is, to quote organizer James Kennedy,

“a video contest in which kid filmmakers create weird movies that creatively tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds.”

Weird is not pejorative; the videos are uncannily good. The annual screening of these seriously awesome videos is coming up, so if you live in the USA, you’re in luck (and I’m jealous of you). Authors will be there, as will tons of bookreading children. More info on the screenings can be found at the website linked above.

If you are, or you know, a child who likes to make movies, the deadline for next year’s festival is January 10, 2016.

“Plenty of time, but no time to waste!” (- James Kennedy)

Entries have been made by children, entire classrooms of children, families, various larger and smaller groups of dedicated readers. I encourage you to shoot your own film and submit it.

Want to watch videos from past years? Here are 25 excellent videos that will make you laugh or make your jaw drop in awed admiration. Or both.


A panel I wish I’d been there for: moderated by editor Connie Hsu, authors/artists Kate Milford, Rebecca Stead, and Mariko Tamaki talked about that odd gap between books for middle grade readers (8-12) and young adults (ostensibly 13+) – where are the books for 13-15 year olds, and where are these books placed by booksellers?


Some of Vancouver’s own spoke recently with other experts on Canadian children’s literature, and on the possibility that Canada is entering a (second) Golden Age of picturebooks. The panelists included the Book Warriors’ former and very beloved professor Judi Saltman, author Sarah Ellis, and librarian Shannon Ozirny – wonderful women and keen minds, all of them.


People to watch: We Need Diverse Books has announced the five winners of the inaugural Walter Dean Myers grants for artists in support of diverse literature and illustrations. Naaheyah HaseebJami Nakamura LinYamile Saied MéndezShveta Thakrar, and Angela Thomas are artists to keep an eager eye on [source].


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