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I can’t wait for The Story of Mankind in 90 seconds.

Author Jamie James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and the New York Public Library are hosting a 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Kids up to 18 can choose any Newbery Medal or Newbery Honor book, adapt it into a 90-second (or shorter) video, and submit it to Mr. Kennedy by September 15 for a chance to have their film screened at the NYPL’s film festival this fall.

There’s a hilarious adaptation of Wrinkle in Time (“I’m Calvin O’Keefe. I’m popular—but sensitive.”) on the festival’s main page to show you how it’s done.

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. James Kennedy says:

    >Thanks for spreading the word, Katie! But only my mother is allowed to call me "Jamie." JAMES! JAMES KENNEDY!!! Oh, I see what you're doing — you're deliberately yanking my chain, calling me "Jamie" when you should be calling me "James," in order to "send a message" that I'm "not good enough" for you? Listen, Bircher — can I call you "Birchie"? oh, I think I shall — I'm already married. GIVE IT UP ALREADY.

  2. >Oops — I'm sorry! Obviously I need new glasses. Luckily they'll be here next week, so I might manage to avoid such errors in the future.

    "Birchie"? That's the best you've got? 🙂

  3. James Kennedy says:

    >Look! She did it again! ::turns to Internet:: Is it me? It's her, right?

    Oh, I'll never win.

  4. Jalix Mergenberg says:

    The 95 second version of the Story of Mankind can be found here.

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