Got Kids? Submit a 90 Second Newbery Award Film!



The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds. We are now entering our sixth year!

We feature the best submissions at annual special-event screenings in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Portland, Tacoma, Rochester, San Antonio and other cities—co-hosted by founder James Kennedy (author of the young-adult fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish) and other award-winning children’s authors. Here’s the schedule for this year’s screenings(want to bring the 90-Second Newbery to your town? Contact me at [email protected]).

If you like creative kids and books then the 90 Second Newbery Award Film Festival is for you! Take your fave Newbery Award winner and make a film out of it. That’s it! Make it as kooky, quirky, or creative as you want and send it to my BESTIE James (tell him Pammy Pam says Hi) and you could see yourself on the big screen.

Seriously, these are the BEST DANG films I’ve ever seen! We had the fortune to view a few at KidLitCon in Wichita and I want to tell you the folks never heard such laughter. Like Frog and Toad as puppets? Heelarious!

I need to borrow a kid so I can be in a film…


#TrueFriends is Something I Like as Much as Books

Imagine being an author and getting to write books. Good right? So now imagine if you have 3 other friends who also write books for kids. Pretty awesome, right?

Well that’s what happened to Kirby Larson, Susan Hill Long, Augusta Scattergood, and Barbara O’Connor. Before I go on I MUST change my name to Scattergood, it is so UNCONVENTIONAL!! Anyway, these four author friends have written for books about friends. That’s so meta. And you know we librarians love meta.

And books. And friends.

So these genius authors created a hashtag called #TrueFriends to go along with their books. They created YouTube videos to talk about their books AND there’s a downloadable that can be used for teaching: it contains writing prompts and other activities.


One of the books, Making Friends with Billy Wong, by Augusta Scattergood, just got added to my TBR list. I’m excited to see a book with an Asian character.  Diversity Reading Challenge, here we come!

Susan Hill Long’s Youtube video link is here.

Barbara O’Connor’s link is here.

Augusta Scattergood’s link is here.

And Kirby Larson’s link is here.

Wanna download the activity kit? Do it here.

So, be a friend not a bully and talk to your kids or other kids about being a #truefriend

Now, where do I sign up to change my name to Scattergood?


Blogging from A to Z Challenge Diversity Reading Challenge

Bad Girls Book Club Letter N #atozchallenge

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Today’s letter is


The Book

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

 I’m tired and I wanna make this brief. I’m sure you are too. Annemarie is a little Dutch girl living in occupied Copenhagen during the war. Her little Jewish friend moves in and has to live as a non-Jew to survive. Annemarie has to go on a mission to save little Ellen’s life.
Bad Girls come in all ages.

Have a restful day off and I’ll see you for letter O!

(napping. also starts with letter N)