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Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival To Host 90-Second Newbery Video Challenge

Celebration of children’s books announces first author, event for October 12-14 festival featuring authors, illustrators, and events for kids, teens, families and book lovers of all ages!


Sheboygan, Wis. – May 16, 2012 – The 3rd Annual Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival—Wisconsin’s only free, public children’s book festival—announces that author James Kennedy and the 90-Second Newbery Video Challenge will be featured at this year’s children’s book festival October 12-14.

“James Kennedy has hosted 90-Second Newbery film festivals in New York, Chicago and Portland and this fall he will bring the 90- Second Newbery to the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival. It’s quite an honor and a great opportunity for kids to show off their creativity and have some fun,” says Karin Menzer, Youth Services Manager at Mead Public Library and Co-Chair of the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival.

“The challenge is to create a very short video, under two minutes, that tells the complete story of one of the Newbery Award or Newbery Honor books. I think kids and teens will have a great time making their own 90-Second Newbery videos. This is a chance to get some friends together, have some fun and to have your video recognized in a national competition during this year’s book festival,” says Menzer.

The 90-Second Newbery is the brainchild of author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) who writes on his website, “It turns out that any book, no matter how worthy and somber, becomes pleasingly ludicrous when compressed into 90 seconds.”  The Newbery Medal is the most prestigious award in children’s literature. The American Library Association has awarded it every year since 1922, making 2012 the 90th year of the Newbery Medal.

Kennedy will emcee a film screening on October 12 that will highlight videos submitted as part of the  “Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival 90-Second Newbery Video Challenge.”  To participate and have their videos eligible for screening, children and teens should upload their videos to YouTube, Vimeo, or similar video-sharing website, with the tag “90-Second Newbery Sheboygan.”

The complete details along with instructions for emailing the link to Kennedy are on the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival website at http://sheboyganchildrensbookfestival.org/90-second-newbery. Anyone with questions can call Mead Public Library Youth Services at 459-3400 x 3404. The library is hosting a videography workshop this summer that will give kids and teens tips on producing a video.

“There are some great books among the Newbery Award and Honor books, classics like Charlotte’s Web, My Side of the Mountain, Old Yeller and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, as well as interesting recent books like Turtle in Paradise, The Graveyard Book and The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg. I know the kids around here have great imaginations, so I’m looking forward to seeing the films they dream up at this year’s Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival!,” says Menzer.

The theme for this year’s children’s book festival is “Family” and festival goers will have the opportunity to hear authors and illustrators speak about their families and the role family plays in their books.  Additional authors and illustrators for this year’s festival will be announced soon.


About the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival
The Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival is an annual celebration of books for children and young adults that features exceptional national and local authors and illustrators who appear at area schools and at Mead Public Library, Bookworm Gardens, and the Kohler Arts Center.  Famous authors and illustrators demonstrate their craft, lead writing and art workshops, read from their works, autograph books, and inspire young readers, writers, and artists.

The festival is presented by the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival Steering Committee, a partnership of community organizations and volunteers who believe in the transformative power of reading and the literary and visual arts.

The Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival is a free, public event that is funded in part by the Kohler Foundation, Inc., the Bemis Family Foundation, the Garton Family Foundation, the Mead Public Library Foundation, and the Sheboygan Service Club Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Dynamic, Inc. and the Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County.

For more information about the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival, visit http://SheboyganChildrensBookFestival.org. Visitors to the website can subscribe to receive up-to-date email announcements of authors, illustrators, and events. Information is also available by calling Mead Public Library at 920-459-3400, ext. 3404.


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James Kennedy (high resolution photo available on request.)



Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival, October 12-14:  http://sheboyganchildrensbookfestival.org

James Kennedy’s 90-Second Newbery: http://jameskennedy.com/90-second-newbery/

American Library Association, Newbery Medal: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal

Mead Public Library: www.meadpubliclibrary.org


Contact Information:

Karin Menzer, Co-chair
Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival
920-459-3400 ext. 3404

Jo Ann Dent, Co-chair
Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival



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