My son is taking a college course called The Golden Age of Children's Literature. It sounds so fascinating, I often wish I could sneak in and sit in the back of the class! Today he told me about a new documentary they watched: Library of the Early Mind. According to the website, the film explores "the art and impact of children’s literature on our kids, our culture, and ourselves." My son described it as a series of interviews with well-known authors and illustrators of children's books, covering a range from the earliest picture books through middle grade and YA.
The interviewees include Mo Willems, Jeff Kinney, Lois Lowry, Mary Downing Hahn, M. T. Anderson, Brian Selznick, editor Arthur Levine, Natalie Babbitt, Jane Yolen ... and many more!
Here's a link to the trailer.
I'm thinking about asking for the DVD for Christmas. You can also rent it via streaming video.