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90 Second Newbery Video Contest

January 30th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, Happenings

True story: I was telling a teacher friend about the video contest the other day, urging him to check it out, and thought to myself: “Hmmm, blog fodder!”

Because once you have a blog, the world quickly divides into two parts: blog-worthy or not so much.

Here, give this 90 seconds and we’ll talk:

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Fun idea, right? Simply compress the full story of a Newbery Medal or Honor Book into a video that runs no more than 90 seconds.

I can see how a good teacher, with a lively classroom, could make hay out of something like this. Get creative, allow students to actively contribute in different ways, read and learn how to analyze (not to mention summarize) a classic book, and so much more.

The contest will culminate in a Film Festival at the New York Public Library. The whole shebang has been spearheaded by author Jamie Kennedy and Betsy Bird of Fuse #8 Fame. Nice going, guys.

Click here for rules and full details.

Here’s a list of Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-2011. Because it’s all about convenience here at

  1. One Response to “90 Second Newbery Video Contest”

  2. By James Kennedy on Feb 4, 2011

    Hello! This is James Kennedy, the co-curator of the “90-Second Newbery” film festival. Thanks for spreading the word about the contest! Any interest in doing an entry of your own? In any case, I hope you make the film festival itself — it’ll be at the main branch of the New York Public Library in October 2011! (You live in New York state, right?)

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