Wouldn’t it be great to provide a video tour of your library for students and teachers? You can do this easily with TouchCast, an app for creating video for the iPad, enhanced with linked content: photos, maps, polls, websites, and more. Our screencasts show you how it’s done.
This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Documentary filmmaker Marian Marzynski revisits his Polish roots to tell the story of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of those who were children during World War II in Never Forget to Lie. Read the starred review.
The brown bear’s hat is missing, and he almost gives up all hope of ever finding it in the DVD version of I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen.
Defiant Requiem is a powerful film that presents first-hand accounts by survivors who sang in the Thereseinstadt concentration camp and highlights the efforts of conductor Murry Sidlin to bring the Requiem back to Terezin six decades later with a full orchestra and his chorus. Check out the starred review of this moving DVD.
Where were you when the lights went out on August 14, 2003? John Rocco’s Caldecott Honor book, Blackout, presents an inspirational portrayal of that iconic night in New York City. Be sure to check out the starred review of the DVD version.
Sukey Molloy delivers 15 mini shows that encourage young children to play, sing, and move in Sukey’s Circle! Vol. 3, a DVD not to be missed.
Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives focuses on Edison’s legacy. Learn about his many inventions in Spoken Arts Media’s DVD version of the book by Gene Barretta.
Kadir Nelson’s evocative biography of Nelson Mandela receives stellar treatment in this exceptional DVD presentation from Weston Woods. Forest Whitaker’s rich voice reads the story with background music and crowd sound effects that draw viewers in. Be sure to read the starred review.
Big Mouth is a quirky, creatively animated short about a girl who his brutally honest. Be sure to read the review of this DVD from National Film Board of Canada..
The 15 brief episodes in Big Test Success: Motivational Videos for Kids focus on how young children can become successful test takers by learning to relax, maintaining a positive attitude, eating healthy foods and exercising, and realizing that they don’t have to be perfect. Be sure to read the DVD review.
The Last Flight of Petr Ginz is a unique biography of a Czech boy living during the Nazi occupation. The film is a powerful testament to a positive and talented young man.
Never has the alphabet been more entertaining than in the animated DVD version of Keith Baker’s picture book, LMNO Peas. Be sure to check out the starred review.
Filmmaker Ken Burns turns his talents to the beating and rape of a white woman in New York’s Central Park during racial and class strife in the late 1980s. Be sure to read the starred review of The Central Park Five, a moving documentary.
Three friends take off in a hybrid car to tour America in order to discover how we are saving or destroying our planet in YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip. Read the starred review.
Explore air pressure, make a matchstick speedboat and a lava lamp, and build a motor—these are among the 23 experiments presented in Amazing Science! Volume 1, a starred DVD production for kids in kindergarten though eighth grade.
The made-for-TV version of Victor Hugo’s classic, Les Miserables, stars Gerard Depardieu as Valjean and John Malkovich as Javert. Be sure to read the starred review of this superb production.
The DVD version of Rebecca and Ed Emberley’s The Ant and the Grasshopper turns Aesop’s fable on its ear and celebrates the joy of community and music.
Fun Foundations for Handwriting (The TV Teacher) is a creative and entertaining production that will help improve youngsters’ motor skills and handwriting. Be sure to check out the starred review.
The life and accomplishments of renowned researcher and environmentalist Jane Goodall are presented in Jane’s Journey, a vividly filmed documentary from First Run Features.