Video Sunday: Book Trailer Day!
I don’t suppose that there’s any direct correalation between this short and children’s books. But it is animated. It is child-friendly. And I am always a fan of the clever short film, particularly when it involves lemurs in some way. Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.
Want to get a glimpse into the glamor that is a children’s author/illustrator’s life?
Meghan McCarthy (Aliens Are Coming, Strong Man, etc.) takes you on a Cribs-style documentary of her Brooklyn home.
Okay. Now we’ve come to picture book trailer time. A myriad of different styles are available to the savvy book creator, a fact that I always find interesting. With technology (particularly iMovie) being what it is, it has never been simpler to create your own book trailer. You’ve a couple different ways to go about doing this. First off, there’s a soft introduction to the title with just differing views of the art and public domain or specially composed music as seen here.
Then there’s the straightforward look at the pictures and text, with minimal interruption aside from the story itself.
Another option along the same lines is to read the text but not show it. This follows the Reading Rainbow school of picture book retelling. You insert sound effects appropriate to the tale, and read the book but never have to turn a page. You just show the art. It’s probably the most effective use of technology when trying to display a picture book tale.
But if you want to show actual child-interaction with the book, why not actually read the entire thing (if it’s short) to a class and have a bunch of kid-reaction shots. This one is particularly vibrant, though significantly harder to do.
And this one is very much along the same lines as the last one, but it’s just great. Again you have the child-interaction, but the kids are cute without being… how do I put this? Without being ootsy cutesy, I guess. Real kids complaining about their parents? Always a winner.
I mean, it’s all worth considering. There’s no single way to present a picture book trailer, really.
To cap all of this off, I bring to you our final random video of the day. I love it so. Normally I don’t do too many cute animal videos on this blog, but as sleepwalking/running dogs go, I’ve never seen an animal get into a full on sleep-ridden gallop before.
Thanks to Nathan Bransford for the link.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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