Netflix, YouTube, and Vimeo — Excellent Kid Lit Resources

Looking for something your kids can watch that won’t make you feel too guilty about letting the television or computer do the entertaining for a bit? If you have a Netflix account, check out their “Scholastic Storybook Treasures” episodes. Each one has 4 to 5 animated films based on children’s books. You’ll find great stories from Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Melanie Watt’s Scaredy Squirrel. Though we believe the best thing you can do for your kid is to sit down and read with him or her, we know that sometimes you need to get dinner ready or just need a break.

If you don’t have a Netflix account, you can still find some good children’s book animations on YouTube and Vimeo. We’ve posted a few classics below. Also, we found that the New Hampshire Public Television website has a Caldecott Literature Series page with several fantastic videos. There’s all sorts of fun stuff to find on the internet, isn’t there?

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Watch Make Way for Ducklings on PBS. See more from Caldecott Literature Series.

Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer

Frederick by Leo Leonni

Frederick (1986) from waanaki on Vimeo.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day (1964) from waanaki on Vimeo.



Tomi Ungerer’s Moon Man

I can’t put my finger on what it is about Tomi Ungerer’s Moon Man (originally published in 1967), but it somehow feels vintage and new at the same time. It also feels kind of creepy, lively,  and captivating too.

To sum up the story for you, the Moon Man longs to join the people on Earth dancing the night away, so he hitches a ride on a comet to join in the fun. Unfortunately, when he lands, people are not so welcoming, and he’s imprisoned.  But don’t cry for him yet because the Moon Man manages to escape and finally enjoys a night of dancing at a garden party. Once his fun ends, he stumbles upon the perfect person to get him back home to the moon.

Tomi Ungerer’s storytelling, wit, and illustrations make Moon Man a thought provoking, enchanting, and just plain delightful read. A few spreads from the book are below.