Contest Combines Adorably Precocious Children, Books, and Video


Former creative outspoken nerdy children, curse that you weren’t born late enough to participate in the “90 Second Newbery” film festival, which encourages young readers to humorously condense award-winning young adult fiction.

The contest is the brainchild of James Kennedy, a NYC-area dad who, in his words, wanted to encourage students to read and “mess around with video equipment” and for teachers to engage their students in a new way. The potential for delightful absurdity abounds as well. Says Kennedy,

It turns out that any book, no matter how worthy and somber, becomes pleasingly ludicrous when compressed into 90 seconds.

Interested parties can check out the contest’s official rules. In the meantime, here’s the first entry in the contest, a 1:30 rendition of A Wrinkle In Time:

Young Adult Fiction? Kids engaging with literature?! Goofiness?!? Newbery Award Winners?! I feel like I just won Nerd Bingo.

The 90 Second Newbery Film Festival

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