2015 Notable Children's Videos
The Notable Children’s Videos list includes materials for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that demonstrate respect for young people’s intelligence and imagination; exhibit venturesome creativity; and reflect and encourage the interests of children and young adolescents in exemplary ways.
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909. 9min. Dreamscape Media, LLC, 877-983-7326. Ages 5-9.
Led by Clara Lemlich, the story of the largest walkout of women workers in U.S. history is vividly retold in this iconographic rendering based on the book by Michelle Markel. Lemlich’s passion for what's right shines through in Melissa Sweet's brilliant illustrations.
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? 7min. Weston Woods, 800-724-6527. Ages 3-8.
Pigeon’s demanding, temper tantrum-prone personality once again is pitted against Duckling’s calm and polite demeanor. Floating feathers, twirling sparkling nuts, and color-changing backgrounds animate this cookie battle concluding with a surprising twist.
Each Kindness. 8min. Weston Woods. Ages 5-8.
Nikki M. James’s narration, Ernest Troost’s score, and emotive iconographic pacing of E.B. Lewis’s shimmering watercolors pull at the heartstrings in this beautiful adaptation of the Coretta Scott King Honor Book by Jacqueline Woodson.
Exclamation Mark. 6min. Weston Woods. Ages 4-8.
Punctuation gets personality with lively, crowd-pleasing animation based on the book written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Will viewers cheer on the exclamation mark when he comes into his own? Yes!
Extra Yarn. 7min. Weston Woods. Ages 4-8.
After finding a box of apparently endless yarn, Annabelle dramatically changes her formerly colorless town. Jon Klassen’s subtly humorous illustrations are brought to life by skillful animation and Nicola Barber’s narration of this 2013 Caldecott Honor book.
Getting Through It: Kids Talk about Divorce. 19min. Human Relations Media, 800-431-2050. Ages 10-14.
With today's high rate of divorce, many of our youth struggle with issues covered in this film, which features real kids sharing personal stories, and addresses common issues such as living arrangements, family conflict, and new relationships.
Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem. 53min. PBS, 800-531-4727. Ages 5 and up.
Produced for the Nature series on PBS, this look into the lives of honey badgers is equal parts education and entertainment. Come for the mayhem, stay for the audacity and intelligence unmatched in the animal kingdom.
Locomotive. 24min. Dreamscape Media, LLC, Ages 6-10.
"Clang-clang! Clang-clang!" Sounds of the track leap off the screen with energetic narration by the talented Eric G. Dove and sounds of the railroad bring Brian Floca's 2014 Caldecott Medal winner to life. All aboard!
Me and My Moulton. 14min. National Film Board of Canada, 800-542-2164. Ages 6 and up.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Short Film, this charming, quirky story of a middle child struggling with her identity shows surprising depth and poignancy. All ages will appreciate the protagonist’s desire for normalcy.
Me…Jane. 8min. Weston Woods. Ages 4-8.
This transcendent adaptation of Patrick McDonnell’s 2012 Caldecott Honor draws viewers into the childhood of a young Jane Goodall who, with beloved stuffed chimpanzee, Jubilee, is transformed by what she observes in her own backyard, a “magical world full of joy and wonder.” (2015 Carnegie Medal winner)
A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Lewis. 10min. Dreamscape Media, LLC. Ages 6-10.
Slow lingering pans allow Kadir Nelson’s art work to shine in this stunning iconographic adaptation of Matt de la Peña’s 2011 picture book biography. J.D. Jackson’s authoritative narration matches the grandeur of the on-screen images.
No Fish Where to Go. 12min. National Film Board of Canada. Ages 8 and up.
A heart-wrenching view of a child’s village torn apart by civil war. Hand drawn animation brings to life Janice Nadeau’s spectacular pencil and watercolor illustrations. A chilling score heightens the emotional stakes as family and friendship are destroyed by encroaching violence.
One Cool Friend. 12min. Weston Woods. Ages 4-8.
Surprises abound in this adaptation of the 2013 Caldecott Honor picture book. An outstanding score and sassy animated touches elevate this modern classic, highlighting the humor in a boy adopting a penguin from the aquarium.
This Is Not My Hat. 5min. Weston Woods. Ages 4-8.
A tiny fish, wearing a hat stolen from a big fish, smugly explains why he took it and why he’s certain he’ll get away with it. Skilled animation and John Keating’s perfectly timed narration combine for an entertaining presentation of Jon Klassen’s droll 2013 Caldecott Medal winner.
You Are In Charge of Your Body: A Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum. 34min. Human Relations Media. Ages 10-14.
This sensitively constructed film educates young people about their body boundaries, what sexual abuse looks like, and, most importantly, what to do if they feel like it has happened to them. A teacher's guide is included.