2012 Notable Children's Videos list
All the World, 6min., Weston Woods, DVD, 800-243-5020, Ages 3-7
Joanne Woodward’s expressive narration adds to the peaceful view of the seaside community in this adaptation of the 2010 Caldecott Honor Book. Liz Garton Scanlon’s poetry celebrates the beauty of the world and the people in it. An interview with illustrator Marla Frazee is included.
Eric Carle, Picture Writer: The Art of the Picture Book, 32min., Eric Carle Studio, DVD, 413-586-2046., All Ages.
Join beloved author/illustrator Eric Carle in his studio as he creates his signature artwork. Carle shares insights about his childhood, art, writing, and family. The video includes footage of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
A Child's Garden of Poetry, 27min., Warner Home Video, DVD, 866-373-4389. Grades 2 and up.
Children of all ages convey their passion for poetry and what it means to them. Well-known actors and poets recite a broad range of poems, complemented with beautiful animation and artwork.
Children Make Terrible Pets, 6min. Weston Woods, DVD, 800-243-5020. Ages 4-8.
In this whimsical reversal of “Can I keep him?,” Lucy Bear finds a little boy in the forest and takes him home against her mother’s advice. Boisterous music and Emily Eiden’s enthusiastic narration enliven Peter Brown’s clever story. – 2012 Carnegie Medal Winner
Choosing to Be a GFF (Good Friend Forever) , 15min., Good Friend, Inc., DVD, 262-391-1369.
Narrated by thirteen-year-old Ellise Trewyn, this program features young teens talking about what it is like to be autistic and how everyone can be a friend to a person on the autism spectrum.
Coming Out: What Every Teen (Gay and Straight) Needs to Know , 23min., Human Relations Media, DVD, 800-431-2050. Ages 12-18.
What does LGBTQ mean? What does it mean to “come out?" These and many more questions are answered for tweens and teens in this informative, well-documented, and empowering title.
The Day of the Dead, 9min., Weston Woods, DVD, 800-243-5020. Ages 4-8.
This animated look at the popular Latin American holiday celebrates and explains its traditions. An interview with the book’s author, Bob Barner, provides additional information about El Día de los Muertos.
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!, 6min., Weston Woods, DVD, 800-243-5020. Ages 2-7.
No way is this pigeon going to bed! Prolonging the inevitable, he tries to convince viewers to let him stay up a few minutes more. Jon Scieszka makes a cameo appearance as the voice of the bus driver in this interactive, rollicking romp, complete with a hot dog party. Interview with author/illustrator Mo Willems included.
Kitten's First Full Moon, 9min., Weston Woods, DVD, 800-243-5020. Ages 2-7.
Kitten mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk and runs into a series of mishaps as she tries to get a sip. The charming animation and lively soundtrack capture the kitten’s playful nature in this 2005 Caldecott Medal winner. Includes interview with author-illustrator Kevin Henkes.
Party Day (The Laurie Berkner Band), 49min., Two Tomatoes/Razor & Tie, DVD, 212-222-6834., Ages 3-8.
Dance and sing along to these Laurie Berkner favorites as the band attends a costume party, a birthday party, and a pajama party. Includes bonus audio CD.
Private Eyes/Les Yeux Noirs, 15min., National Film Board of Canada, DVD, 800-542-2164, Ages 4-8.
Pretending to be a detective, Matthew searches for his birthday present. Being blind does not stop him from navigating his world using the “eyes” in his ears, nose, feet, and hands. In English and French.
Robot Zot!, 8min., Weston Woods, DVD, 800-243-5020, Ages 3-7.
After crashing his spaceship in a suburban backyard, tiny Robot Zot aims to take over the earth, starting with the toaster. David Shannon’s high-energy illustrations pair with galactic music in an unconventional battle for world domination written by Jon Scieszka. Illustrator interview included.
Safety Smart Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy: Germs & Your Health, 26min., Disney Educational Productions, DVD, 800-295-5010. Ages 9-13.
Using buckets of green goo and ultraviolet lights, Bill Nye the Science Guy dramatizes how germs spread and how to stay healthy in this informative, fun DVD.
Scaredy Squirrel, 7min., Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95, 800-243-5020, Ages 4-8.
Armed with a safety checklist and first-aid kit, Scaredy Squirrel has no plans to venture beyond the security of his nut tree. Bright music and deadpan narration counter Scaredy Squirrel’s neurotic nature with hilarious results. Interview with author/illustrator Mélanie Watt included.
Stone Soup, 12min., Weston Woods, DVD, 800-243-5020. Ages 4-8.
Jon J. Muth’s 2003 retelling of this traditional tale from a Chinese perspective makes a beautiful transition to video, with expressive narration, traditional music, and colorful artwork. Author interview included.
Too Many Toys, 11min., Weston Woods, DVD, 800-243-5020. Ages 4-8.
Tripping over Spencer’s treasured toys once too often, Mom decides that some will have to go! David Shannon’s high voltage artwork flairs to life in this animated adaptation filled with rowdy narration and music. Includes interview with author-illustrator Shannon.
2012 Carnegie Medal/Notable Children’s Videos Committee
Chair Martha Seif Simpson, Stratford (Conn.) Library Association; Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library, Office of Materials Selection; Linda L. Ernst, King County Library System, Bellevue, Wash.; Linda A. Gann, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, School of Library and Information Studies; Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Ore.; Lindsay D. Huth, Arlington Heights (Ill.) Memorial Library; Gwen M. Taylor, Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho; Emily Tichenor, Tulsa (Okla.) City-County Library; and Joanna Ward, County of Los Angeles Public Library, Temple City, Calif.