The year's best book videos

2012 was a great year for book videos (and we don't mean book trailers). From books that move, books that fly and a machine that dispenses books, our Twitter feed was constantly peppered with charming films that celebrate the written word. Here are CBC Books' five favourite book videos we discovered this year.


The Joy of Books

Type Books' stop-animation video became a viral sensation when it was posted online in early January. It took animator Sean Ohlenkamp four straight nights to create this video, starting when the Toronto store closed at 6 p.m. each night and stopping when it opened for business at 10 a.m. the next day.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg surprised everyone when they took home the 2012 Oscar for best animated short film. But with one look at their 15-minute film, it's easy to see why. Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as The Wizard of Oz and Hurrican Katrina, Joyce and Oldenburg created a whimsical and powerful story about the (literal) power of the written word. The win led filmmakers to turn their story into an iPad app and even an old-fashioned book.

The Beanie Baby Hunger Games

The latest YA phenomenon is The Hunger Games trilogy and thanks to the successful film adaptation of the first book earlier this year, it looks like the story of Katniss Everdeen isn't going anywhere any time soon. Luckily, people are taking the Hunger Games mythology in fun new directions. Our current favourite is "The Beanie Baby Hunger Games" produced by TheOnlineMusical and starring a blue jay Beanie Baby as Katniss Everbean who wants to protect her family while sorting our her feelings for Gale and Peeta.

Read It Maybe

Okay, we know everyone is sick of watching Call Me Maybe parody videos, but the seniors at Brighton High School in Colorado deserve a shout-out for using this pop culture phenomenon to promote children's literacy and for making an utterly charming video, which they uploaded in November.

The Biblio-Mat

Type Books wasn't the only Toronto-based bookstore to become a viral video sensation. In December, used bookstore The Monkey's Paw unveiled the Biblio-Mat, a machine designed by Craig Small that dispenses slow-moving stock. The cost of a mystery Biblio-Mat book? $2. The cost of using a machine that uses old-school sounds, including a ringing telephone, to sell books? Priceless.

The BIBLIO-MAT from Craig Small on Vimeo.

What was your faovurite bookish video of 2012?