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Goodnight Darth Vader: VIDEO

Chronicle Books has created a video trailer for Goodnight Darth Vader, Jeffrey Brown’s third title in his bestselling series of Star Wars children’s books.

The latest book is a bedtime story in which Darth Vader has to sooth many Star Wars characters to sleep. Check it out: “In this Episode, the Sith Lord must soothe his rambunctious twins, Luke and Leia—who are not ready to sleep and who insist on a story. As Vader reads, the book looks in on favorite creatures, droids, and characters, such as Yoda, R2-D2, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Maul, Admiral Ackbar, Boba Fett, and many others as they tuck in, yawn, and settle down to dream.”

The book comes out on July 22nd in advance of San Diego Comic-Con where Brown will be signing books.

Game of Thrones by the Numbers: VIDEO

Alltime Numbers has created a video called, Game of Thrones by the Numbers, which explores many details about the popular book and movie series.

According to the video, the series has twice as many words as The Bible and the Dothraki language has 3,163 words created for the TV show.  We’ve embedded the video above for your entertainment.

Joe Hanson Creates ‘The Science of Game of Thrones’ Video

Have you ever pondered about the complexities in the world that George R.R. Martin created in the Song of Ice & Fire series? Joe Hanson, the founder and curator of the “It’s Okay To Be Smart” YouTube channel, has decided to try and provide some clarity with a video called “The Science of Game of Thrones.”

In the video embedded above, Hanson tackles two questions: “Why are the seasons so crazy?” and “What are the secrets behind Valyrian steel?” He also talks about The Wall, wildfire, milk of the poppy, and dire wolves. Fair warning, viewers may encounter spoilers so proceed with caution. (via The Huffington Post)

How Many Languages Have Been Created?

Over the course of human history, how many languages have been created? The animated video above features a four-minute TED-Ed lesson called “How Languages Evolve.”

Throughout the lesson, educator Alex Gendler talks about “how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.” Linguistics fans can visit the TED Ed website to access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources. What do you think?

How Has the Power of Words Affected You?

How has the power of words affected you? The animated video above features an 81-second TED-Ed lesson called “Lessons from Auschwitz: The Power of Our Words.”

The story itself was originally shared by musician Benjamin Zander during his TED talk on “The Transformative Power of Classical Music.” Over at the TED Ed website, visitors can access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources. What do you think?

BookExpo America Team Dances to ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams

What books make you happy?

The BookExpo America (BEA) team is “Happy (To Read).” The video embedded above showcases BEA staff members dancing with books to Pharrell Williams’ Oscar-nominated song, “Happy.”

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Poetry on the TED Stage

ted logoAs we end our National Poetry Month celebration, we’ve collected three TED videos on poetry.

The list features poets who have given poetic performances on the TED stage. This trio includes Project V.O.I.C.E. founder Sarah Kay, award-winning poet Malcolm London, and author Suheir Hammad.

For more recommendations, visit the TED blog and check out a post entitled “3 thoroughly slamming spoken word performances.” Which poets do you nominate to perform at future conferences?

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‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Extended Movie Trailer

John Green’s ”The Fault in Our Stars” movie adaptation hits the big screen on June 6th. To help promote the film, 20th Century Fox has released an extended version of the movie trailer. We’ve embedded the video above for you to check out.

Here is more about the film from the YouTube page: “Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them — and us — on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.”

Tom Hiddleston Reads ‘Sonnet 18′ by William Shakespeare

As we prepare to bid farewell to National Poetry Month, we’ve uncovered a video featuring The Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston reading William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18.”

Hiddleston delivered this performance for “The Love Book” app. It features a collection of poems, short stories, quotes and letters. What’s your favorite love poem?

How Does a Writer Move On After Great Success?

How do you follow-up great success or great failure?

For Elizabeth Gilbert, she needs to “go home” which means going back to writing. In a presentation delivered at the TED 2014 conference, Gilbert shares the thoughts and fears that came to her after experiencing phenomenal success with Eat, Pray, Love.

We’ve embedded the full talk in the video above. Back in 2009, Gilbert gave a TED talk called “Your Elusive Creative Genius.” It has drawn more than 8 million views. The TED team included it in a video playlist called “The Creative Spark.”

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