Submit an eligible video and receive a free Where's Waldo? picture book from Candlewick Press
(while supplies last, limit one entry per person).

Video submissions should be engaging, informal, and personal. You may discuss why picture books matter, what picture books mean to you, or to just talk about your favorite picture book. Most videos are short: just 1-2 minutes is great!

Need some inspiration?  Check out these We Believe in Picture Books videos!
Elizabeth Bird and Travis Jonker have a conversation in books
Maddie and Sophie discuss picture books
Candlewick editor Katie describes the importance and joy of sharing picture books with children
Author Megan McDonald discusses the power of picture books

Eligibility to receive a free hardcover copy of Where’s Waldo Now?:
- First 200 eligible submissions received
- Offer ends Aug. 1, 2013
- Offer open to all residents of the US and Canada 13 years or older
- Submission must be marked “Free Book Offer”
- Video must be accompanied by signed permissions and model releases (Click to Download)
- Submission must include a mailing address for book (open to US and CAN address only)
 - Visit or see attached for details and submission information.

Candlewick has right to use, not use, and/or edit videos at their discretion. Submissions become the property of Candlewick Press.

Tips for participating:

  • Introduce yourself! Be sure to tell the audience who you are.
  • If you talk about a specific book, you may want to show the book cover.
  • Create the video in a bright and quiet space; we want the audience to be able to see and hear you.
  • Return the attached model release for everyone featured in the video. For children, please use the release for minors.
  • Do not use music in the video unless you’ve written and performed the music yourself, and do not direct the audience to any websites.
  • If you choose to read a picture book or show the illustrations, you must obtain permission from the publisher.

Video Specifications:

We are delighted to get video of all kinds: those filmed on cell phones, flip cameras, or more advanced video equipment, and we generally can convert from most formats. For folks who are technologically-inclined however, here is a brief list of some preferred specs:

  • Videos will live in a 16:9 player and will be “letterboxed“ to fit this wide screen format
  • MOV / MPEG4 / AVI are the preferred video codec formats (DV / WMV / FLA are okay if you must)
  • Better the quality = the better source to convert here. Preferred resolution is 1080p (1920 x 1080) or 720P (1280 x 720). But again we can take anything!
  • Best compression = H264
  • FPS = whatever you shot the video in....

But don’t let any of that scare you!

How to get us your videos:

Currently we can take your video submission via FTP digital delivery or physically on CD/DVD/Flash Drive. You will also need to send in a signed copy of our release form — feel free to include that with your package. Alternatively, you may email it to: anniversaryrelease@candlewick.comor fax it to 617-623-4865.

Candlewick Press
99 Dover Street
Somerville, MA 02144
Attention: Sean Joncas / 20th Videos

TO FTP (files under 500mb): <>
User: candlewickvideos
Password (case sensitive): B3@rsInMotion
(Please ZIP your files before sending and name them using your first and last name. After you have posted to the FTP server, please email us at and let us know that you have successfully posted a video)

*Please note, all submissions will go through a rights and quality check and may be edited for time and formatting. Candlewick reserves the right not to use a submission.

Should you have any questions about the process, formats, or submissions feel free to email: