Film Your Favorite Newbery Award Winner!

Posted on January 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm

The Newberry Award is the highest honor awarded to the author of a children’s book and the list of winners includes some classics for every age. James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and the New York Public Library have invited people to make a 90-second movie of their favorite Newbery book (runner-up “honor” books are allowed, too). Here’s the first one, based on one of my favorites, A Wrinkle in Time.

This is a great opportunity to revisit old favorites and find some new ones from the Newbery list.


1. Your video should be 90 seconds or less. (Some exceptions, but keep it short.)

2. Your video has to be about a Newbery award-winning (or Newbery honor-winning) book.

3. Your video must condense the plot of the book in 90 seconds or less. Again, exceptions will be made for something really ingeniously bonkers, but it has to be related to a Newbery winning book.

4. Upload your videos to YouTube or Vimeo or whatever and send the link to kennedyjames gmail com. Make the subject line be “90 SECOND NEWBERY” and please tell me your name, age, where you’re from, and whatever other comments you’d like to include, including whether you’d like me to link to your personal site. You can give an alias if you want; he understand privacy concerns.

5. Sending the link grants James Kennedy the right to post it on his blog and to other websites where he sometimes posts content (like Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and to share at public readings, school visits–and hopefully the “90-Second Newbery” Film Festival at the New York Public Library in the Fall of 2011.

6. Deadline is September 15, 2011.

I’d love to see what you create!

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2 Replies to “Film Your Favorite Newbery Award Winner!”

  1. Hello, this is James Kennedy. Thanks for featuring our “90-Second Newbery” contest on your blog! I hope to get a lot of good entries from your readers!
    But, in the interests of keeping the Internet 100% error-free, I didn’t *actually* win the 2009 Newbery Award; Neil Gaiman did. But at the American Library Association conference, I did tackle a man dressed as Neil Gaiman, wrestle a replica of the Newbery award away from him, and “earn” the Newbery based on the series of grueling mental and physical tests. The full account is here:
    But it was only a joke.
    Carry on!

  2. I actually did know that, and I am sorry that in cutting and pasting the post I left that in. But thanks for setting the record straight. I’ve made the correction. And thanks for the contest — can’t wait to see what comes in!

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