Being a big fan of both kids lit and documentaries, you can imagine my delight when earlier this week I stumbled upon the trailer for a new documentary about kids lit! It’s called Library of the Early Mind and if you click on just one link all week let it be that one. You’re in for a treat.
As you’ll see, the producers have interviewed some of the best authors, illustrators, and critics in contemporary kids lit. I am always interested in learning more about the authors behind the books I read, so getting to see clips from the interviews of Lois Lowry, Mo Willems, Chris Van Allsburg, and others in the trailer was in itself enough to hook me. I’m curious to see how the filmmakers put together all of the different perspectives and what the overarching message of the documentary will be.
The entire genre of children’s literature is the documentary’s subject matter, and even though here at Aslan’s Library theological books are our primary interest, I’m thinking that the film would be a good catalyst for a couple of posts about how we relate to and interact with the world of kids lit beyond books that are distinctly Christian.
It looks like the film is scheduled to premier at Harvard this October. Here’s hoping that it shows in the Twin Cities so that Sarah and I can go see it and then talk about it here! If it does, would anyone be interested in joining us? It would be a great opportunity to get together with some of you who are local!