If there’s one thing we all know, it’s that reading is good for young people. Beyond the basic literacy skills development, books can inform and inspire!
I teach a completely online Library Training Certificate program for library technicians, and if there’s one thing we talk about in every course, it’s how to keep libraries alive and vibrant in the change of ever-advancing technology. What better way than a challenge?
Saskatoon Public Library and Regina Public Library are holding their second challenge for young people in their cities to create book trailers and enter them for judging. I was curious to see not only what books they selected for their trailers, but also, what kinds of things they put into their trailers.
It seemed logical to me that young people were likely to be adding elements into their book trailers that appealed to them in trailers they watched. Voila! A direct path to the minds of young people. What more could a children’s author want?
Here’s the link to this year’s contest, scheduled for March of 2014: http://www.saskatoonlibrary.ca/book-trailer-contest
Here’s the prize winner from a 12-year-old on the book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Here’s a link to the top 8 trailers, all of which are embedded on the Saskatoon Library site: http://www.saskatoonlibrary.ca/node/1489