Books do not stop with the page. Imaginative people with videos and musical instruments make books and their authors visible and audible. Here are snatches of what we did, plus some special photographs you might like. Just click the 'play' buttons on any of the media players below and enjoy!

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January 2009
2009 marked the 50th anniversary of the release of the seminal Newberry Award winning book, My Side of the Mountain. Join Jean in a look back at the book which has touched so many lives. She reflects on the story's conception, and how the book took shape. She may answer some of the questions you have always been curious about in this video taped in December of 2008. How many lives have been touched and changed by this important work?

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Jean Craighead George working at home

A Welcome from Jean Craighead George and Qimmiq

Jean Craighead George in the Catskill Mountains

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Open Road celebrates children's authors. The following links will take you to videos by Open Road about Jean Craighead George, subjects of interest to her and other children's authors.

Meet Jean Craighead George
Open Road Media
Published on October 16, 2012

" 'Writing is a way to give an animal a voice,' says Jean Craighead George, bestselling author of over a hundred children's books. Craighead George is perhaps best known for her Newbery Award–winning young adult novel Julie of the Wolves, which she based on her experience studying wolves at the Arctic Research Laboratory of Barrow, Alaska. The novel has a deep autobiographical element. 'I see Julie,' the author reveals, 'as the girl I would like to be—with no fear and loving [the] outdoors.' In this new original video, Jean Craighead George discusses how she came to write Julie of the Wolves. Rediscover this fabulous author and her beloved children's novel, now available from Open Road Media."

Betsy Byars celebrates Jean Craighead George
Open Road Media
Published May 14, 2014

Betsy Byars celebrates Jean Craighead George. Happy Children's Book Week!

Award-Winning Children's Authors
Open Road Media
Published January 25, 2013

Open Road celebrates children's authors Jean Craighead George, Janet Taylor Lisle, Virginia Hamilton, Chris Raschka, Betsy Byars, and Adele Griffin—all of whom won Newbery, Caldecott, or National Book awards. In this video, these authors, along with their friends and family, discuss how being honored for their work made an impact on their lives.

Celebrate Earth Day
Open Road Media
Published April 20, 2012

"This planet has limits, and we must not abuse them," says author Jean Craighead George. Through her children's books, which often describe wildlife and the natural world, she hopes to inspire a deep respect for animals and the environment. In this, she's carrying on a family tradition. Her parents and siblings were all avid naturalists and her father once worked with Silent Spring author Rachel Carson.

Likewise, James Gleick, author of Chaos: Making a New Science, speaks to the need for humans to appreciate nature. "The wilderness has a beauty of its own. We don't need to tame it—we need to rediscover it."

In honor of Earth Day, watch these Open Road Media authors share their appreciation for nature.

A Celebration of Dogs
Open Road Media
Published October 18, 2012

"There's something in the human-dog bond that's just astonishing," says bestselling author Dean Koontz. From Jonathan Carroll noting "dogs are minor angels" to Patricia Gaffney's relationship with her foster dog this video includes William Styron, Dori Butler and Jean Craighead George and explores the connections authors have with their dogs.


New Release! - One Day in the Woods

One Day in the Woods (available at is an audio release by Harper Children's Audio (ISBN 0-694-70084-3). Based on Jean Craighead George's book of the same title, it teaches children about the intricate and precious web of life through fun songs and informative dialogue. Here are audio excerpts, music by Chris Kubie.

You can purchase One Day in the Woods here at CDBaby.

One Day in the Woods (sample)

Mother Wood Duck

Lyrics by Jean Craighead George
Music by Chris Kubie
Performed by Maryann Plunkett

Magnifying Glass

Lyrics by Jean Craighead George
Music by Chris Kubie
Performed by Jay O. Sanders

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Jean Craighead George with covers of her works
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