Calling all Kids and Teens to make their own 90 Second Newbery! What is a 90 Second Newbery you ask? First off a Newbery is an award given out by the American Library Association to the author of the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Past winners include beloved tales such as The Tale of Despereaux, The Giver and Shiloh.
A “90 Second Newbery” is a 90 second movie adaptation of one of those 400 books that have received a medal or honor made by kids and teens. They aren’t book trailers or video book reports. Some are serious, some are funny but they are “full-on dramatizations, with mostly child actors, that manage to tell the entire story of the book in 90 seconds.” It was the brain child of Chicago author James Kennedy who established a 90 Second Newbery film festival in Chicago and it has since spread nation wide.
We are inviting our local kids and teens create their own movie to view at the 90 Second Newbery Premiere in January. A complete list of books Newbery Honor and Winners can be found HERE. Need some examples before you get started? Here are 25 popular examples. (Including one by local author Aaron Zenz and his family!) Do they have to be this polished? NO! You just have to have fun!
Don’t have technology to record? Ask Allison at the Youth Desk about recording your movie in the library with a library device. Turn in your entries by January 11. For more information and guidelines ask at the Youth Desk.
Everyone is invited to the Loutit District Library 90 Second Newbery Premiere on January 17 at 2:00 p.m. in Program Room A to see what creative kids and teens can do with a Newbery winning story and a camera!
Here is a great example of a short made during our Summer Reading Club event that taught how to make a video: