In which Annie (high school teacher, mother of two young girls and a younger boy) and her aunt Deborah (children's bookseller, mother of two young women in their 20s) discuss children's books and come up with annotated lists.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

We're in a contest

Dear Annie,

I have very little experience of book trailers.  They come in several forms.  There are the produced-by-publishers ads for upcoming books -- usually YA ones.  There are the homage-to-a-book-I-love ones produced by kids who understand more than I ever will about video production.  And there are the school-produced (by grown-ups or kids) ones which are aimed at getting more kids to read.  No one's ever come into the store and said to me, I've just seen a great book trailer -- do you have the book?  I have the impression that trailers are more a way to stay in a book after one has read it, rather than an enticement to go find it.  What do your students say about them?

Alert readers may notice that there's a "Vote for this Blog" button over there to the right.  It's a bit premature -- voting starts the day after tomorrow.  We've entered the Independent Book Blogger Awards, sponsored by  The first round of voting, which will produce shortlists in four categories, is from April 10 to 23.  Then a panel of experts takes over to determine the winners.  We're in it for the fun of finding other people's blogs, and in hopes that others will find ours.  We've submitted five entries from the past year:
Piggie is a Girl!

On Choosing Books

I'm Glad the Giving Tree Wasn't My Mother

Grandma: A Reading Recollection

First Loves: Science Fiction

And we wanted to put in our list of Picture Books, because it's fun to browse  But it didn't fit the contest definitions.  Feel free to check 'em all out, dear readers.



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