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.
Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer. 16min. Dreamscape. 877-983-7326. Ages 3-8.
This striking, iconographic adaptation of Fiona Robinson’s Ada Lovelace biography illuminates, with dreamlike whimsy, the fascinating life of the woman who became the world’s first computer programmer and the hidden poetry she found in math and numbers.
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music. 6min. Dreamscape. 877-983-7326. Ages 3-8.
A young girl overcomes discrimination to fulfill her dream of playing drums in 1930s Cuba. Based on the story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, Margarita Engle's words come to life with Adriana Sananes's narration and the percussion music of the drums in a vivid iconographic production that honors and elevates the art of 2016 Pura Belpré Illustration winner Raphael López. 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video Winner
Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs / José el Chévere: Helado y Dinosaurios. 6min. Weston Woods. 800-243-5020. Ages 3-6.
When a carton of ice cream falls off a truck and lands directly in front of Groovy Joe, his day is made! But what’s a dog to do when demanding dinosaurs with spoons arrive at his door? This rockin’ animated adaptation will have kids bopping and singing along in either English or Spanish with Joe’s groovy tune.
Last Stop on Market Street. 10 min. Dreamscape. 877-983-7326. Ages 3-8.
A bus ride comes alive in this iconographic adaptation of Matt de la Peña’s 2016 Newbery Medal winner as CJ and his Nana ride the bus, observing and appreciating the beauty of everyday sights and sounds as they travel along Market Street.
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes. 17 min. Dreamscape. 877-983-7326. Ages 3-8.
Brimming with battle, romance, and betrayal, this iconographic adaptation illuminates Duncan Tonatiuh's reimagined Mexican legend of two volcanoes. Tonatiuh's characteristic folk art style combines with traditional musical forms and assured narration for a story at once powerful and ethereal.
Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos. 10 min. Weston Woods. 800-243-5020. Ages 4-8.
Marvel at the universe and say “Wowie!” with the ever curious Carl Sagan. Inspiring music and skillful animation will sweep viewers through our galaxy and beyond in this adaptation of the picture book biography by Stephanie Roth Sisson.
Supertruck. 5min. Weston Woods. 800-243-5020. Ages 2-6.
A mild-mannered garbage truck is transformed into a superhero during a New York City blizzard in this animated adaptation of the 2016 Geisel Honor Book. An interview with author/illustrator Stephen Savage is included.
Trombone Shorty. 14min. Dreamscape. 877-983-7326. Ages 3-8.
WHERE Y’AT? New Orleans serves as a backdrop in this vibrant iconographic video of how young Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews earned his nickname. Enhanced with music performed by Andrews and his band, this video is a tribute to both the power of music and the formative influence of Trombone Shorty’s hometown.
You Are (Not) Small. 5 min. Weston Woods. 800-243-5020. Ages 2-6.
Big? Or small? It's all about perspective when two furry creatures argue about size. Jazzy music and careful animation bring a new "perspective" to this hilarious animated title based on the 2015 Geisel Award winner.
Members of the 2017 Notable Children’s Videos Committee
Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles (California) Public Library, Chair
April Whatley Bedford, Brooklyn (New York) College
Amanda Y. Choi, San Jose (California) Public Library
Jennifer Driscoll, Pasadena (California) Public Library
Robbin Ellis Friedman, Chappaqua (New York) Library
Laura A. Given, Parkview Center School, Roseville, Minnesota
Jennifer Knight, North Olympic Library System, Port Angeles, Washington
Susan H. Polos, Bedford Central School District, Mount Kisco, New York
Maegen Rose, Collegiate School, New York