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School Library Journal Trailee Winners

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

BEST Book Trailers: The Winner’s List

SLJ announced the winners of the Trailee Award this weekend. SLJ calls these a “people’s choice” award, since they were voted on by the public.

NOTE: There was some confusion about how the award was spelled. In the original announcement, it was Trailie; but SLJ says, “After the original announcement people people began to call it TRAILEE so in an interim story we said we would go with Trailee as the spelling used in logo.”

Disappointing is the failure to identify who created some of the videos. Of course, there are privacy concerns, especially in the student-created category. But at least identifying the school represented would seem to be appropriate.

Following each video are my comments.

Publisher/Author created for elementary readers (PreK-6)

Shark vs. Train, by Chris Barton, Little Brown
(1843 YouTube Views; 215 Views on Vimeo; not on TeacherTube)


*|YouTube:ra2QESKwBTw|*

BTM Comments: This video follows a strong movie trailer aesthetic. The best thing here, as in the book, is the juxtaposition of shark and train and the narrator. It does seem that strong books make for strong trailers.

Publisher/Author created for secondary readers (7-12)

Ghostgirl: Lovesick, by Tonya Hurley, Hachette
(51,311 YouTube views; 270 Views on Vimeo; not on TeacherTube)


*|YouTube:T5RIBLJb5LA|*

BTM Comments: Animation is the clear winner in this trailer. Otherwise, it’s just music with some video.

Adult (18 +) created for elementary readers (PreK-6)

14 Cows for America, by Carmen Agra Deedy, Peachtree
Book trailer created by Analine Johnson (see interview here) who is the librarian at Centeno Elementary in Laredo, Texas.
(248 Views on YouTube; 2638 Views on TeacherTube; 178 Views on Vimeo)


*|YouTube:13G0CdgV9Yo|*

BTM Comments: Johnson’s strength is in selection of music and images. This is a slide-show aesthetic trailer, but the choice of poignant and rich piano music combined with great images makes this work. For example, the transition from the young boy’s eye full of fire, to the fire cloud of the Twin Towers is quite effective. It’s another case where a strong book makes for a strong video.

Adult created for secondary readers (7-12)

Unwind, by Neal Shusterman
Created by June Henson, who is the librarian at Downing Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas.
(281 Views on YouTube; 246 on Vimeo; 458 on Teacher Tube)


*|YouTube:TUF4i3Nfj9o|*

BTM Comments: For this slide-show aesthetic trailer, Henson chose a strong red text against a black background, proving that good graphic design matters in a book trailer.

Student created for elementary readers (PreK-6)

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems, Hyperion.
Creator not identifed. (272 Views on Vimeo; not on YouTube or TeacherTube.)

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus from SLJ Trailee Nominees on Vimeo.

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BTM Comments: The clear winner here is the narrator. Too bad she’s not identified.

Student created for secondary readers (7-12 grade)

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier, Random House.
Creators not identified.
(105 Views on Vimeo)

The Chocolate War by Taeho Kong from SLJ Trailee Nominees on Vimeo.

*|Vimeo:15311516|*

BTM Comments: Of course, this one won. High school is a time when students learn to create Powerpoints and this is a perfect example of that sort of silent-movie aesthetic of a Powerpoint presentation.

Finalists: Trailie Award

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Trailie Award Finalists Announced

The School Library Journal announced the first annual Trailie Award for the best book trailers. The finalists are in and the public is invited to vote for their favorites.

AFTER REVIEWING THE NOMINEES, cast your vote in each category here.

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All statistics as of October 3, 2010.

I’ll present the nominees here and in separate posts give my evaluation of the trailers, the process, and other observations.


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Publisher/Author created for elementary readers (PreK-6)

  1. Closed for the Season, by Mary Downing Hahn, Houghton
    (1917 views on YouTube; 702 Views on TeacherTube; 410 Views on Vimeo)


    *|YouTube=xH4JtB3xhHI|*

  2. Guys Read: Funny Business, by Jon Scieszka, HarperKids
    (2797 Views on YouTube; 295 Views on Vimeo; not on TeacherTube)

    *|YouTube:DCd9ln6Y5Cs|*
  3. Potty Animals: What to Know When You’ve Got to Go, by Hope Vestergaard, Sterling
    (1063 Views on YouTube; 260 Views on Vimeo; not on TeacherTube)

    *|YouTube:OO–WhpjKao|*

  4. Shark vs. Train, by Chris Barton, Little Brown
    (1843 YouTube Views; 215 Views on Vimeo; not on TeacherTube)

    *|YouTube:ra2QESKwBTw|*

Publisher/Author created for secondary readers (7-12)

  1. Bad Girls Don’t Die, by Katie Alender, Hyperion
    (7371 Views on YouTube; 204 Views on Vimeo; not on TeacherTube )


    *|YouTube:36lBeqV7V00|*

  2. Ghostgirl: Lovesick, by Tonya Hurley, Hachette
  3. (51,311 YouTube views; 270 Views on Vimeo; not on TeacherTube)


    *|YouTube:T5RIBLJb5LA|*

  4. Rules of Attraction, by Simone Elkeles, Walker
    (106,704 YouTube views; 133 on Vimeo; not on TeacherTube)


    *|YouTube:GhEx0kaUlrU|*

  5. Tell Me a Secret, by Holly Cupala, Harpercollins
    (3591 YouTube Views; 118 Vimeo views; not on TeacherTube)

    *|YouTube:xBcgNOehmlA|*

Adult (18 +) created for elementary readers (PreK-6)

  1. 14 Cows for America, by Carmen Agra Deedy, Peachtree
    Book trailer created by Analine Johnson who is the librarian at Centeno Elementary in Laredo, Texas.
    (248 Views on YouTube; 2638 Views on TeacherTube; 178 Views on Vimeo)

    *|YouTube:13G0CdgV9Yo|*

  2. Chicken Butt, by Erica Perl, Abrams.
    Mid-Del Schools, Elementary Library Media Productions, MIdwest City, OK. Created by Kristi Hazelrigg, Media Specialist, Parkview Elementary in Okahoma City, OK. Voices by Mr. Freer, Voice by Nathan
    (1378 Views on YouTube; 425 Views on TeacherTube; 224 Views on Vimeo.)

    *|YouTube:zKmmc2MBM|*

  3. Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate
    Book trailer created by Analine Johnson who is the librarian at Centeno Elementary in Laredo, Texas.
    (412 Views on YouTube; 132 Views on Vimeo; 1057 Views on TeacherTube.


    *|YouTube:kv8QqONDesc|*

  4. SPHDZ, Spaceheadz Book #1, by Jon Scieszka, Simon & Schuster
    (193 YouTube views, 132 Views on Vimeo; not on TeacherTube.)


    *|YouTube:_-xkBGVK9Js|*

Adult created for secondary readers (7-12)

  1. All the Lovely Bad Ones, by Mary Downing Hahn
    Book trailer created by Analine Johnson who is the librarian at Centeno Elementary in Laredo, Texas.
    (729 Views on YouTube; 643 Views on TeacherTube; 155 Views on Vimeo)


    *|YouTube:irEuJ5ZhNrM|*

  2. Darkness Under the Water, by Beth Kannel, Candlewick.
    Book trailer created by Analine Johnson who is the librarian at Centeno Elementary in Laredo, Texas.
    (23 YouTube Views; 1090 Views on TeacherTube; 116 Views on Vimeo)

    *|YouTube:Kqd4iMsHNbc|*
  3. Parties and Potions, by Sarah Mlynowski,
    Student filmmaker, Ben Cox’s trailer for PARTIES and POTIONS by Sarah Mlynowski, is the 2008 winner of the Kirkus Teen Book Video Awards (sponsored by Random House Children’s Books).
    (10,642 Views on YouTube; 93 Views on Vimeo; not on TeacherTube)


    *|YouTube:aow7PYc-s7Y|*

  4. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman
    Created by June Henson, who is the librarian at Downing Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas.
    (281 Views on YouTube; 246 on Vimeo; 458 on Teacher Tube)


    *|YouTube:TUF4i3Nfj9o|*

Student created for elementary readers (PreK-6)

  1. Bear and Chook by the Sea, by Lisa Shanahan, Hachette
    Trailer by Marcus Graham.
    (220 Views on YouTube; 252 Views on Vimeo; not on Teacher Tube)


    *|YouTube:Iw9gsL8Unfo|*

  2. Cam Jansen and the First Day of School, by David Adler, Penguin. Creator not identified
    (233 View on Vimeo; Not on TeacherTube or YouTube)

    Cam Jansen from SLJ Trailee Nominees on Vimeo.

    *|Vimeo:15311696|*

  3. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems, Hyperion.
    Creator not identifed. (272 Views on Vimeo; not on YouTube or TeacherTube.)

    Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus from SLJ Trailee Nominees on Vimeo.

    *|*Vimeo:15311744|*

  4. Someone Named Eva, by Joan M. Wolf, (Houghton).
    Book trailer created by students of Lisa Waggett, who is the librarian at Goforth Elementary in League City, Texas
    (115 Views on YouTube; 118 Views on Vimeo; not on TeacherTube )


    *|YouTube:-7bX9CUa6QA|

Student created for secondary readers (7-12 grade)

  1. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier, Random House.
    Creators not identified.
    (105 Views on Vimeo)

    The Chocolate War by Taeho Kong from SLJ Trailee Nominees on Vimeo.

    *|Vimeo:15311516|*

  2. Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters, by Gail Giles, Roaring Brook.
    (118 Views on Vimeo)
    Starring Georgia W, Megan H, Libby H; Camera work by Morgan/Kachina. Created by Morgan P and Kachina S.

    DeadGirlsDontWriteLetters from SLJ Trailee Nominees on Vimeo.

    *|Vimeo:15311427|*

  3. Need, by Carrie Jones, Bloomsbury.
    Book trailer created by Michael Weingartner, who is a student at Flower Mound High School
    (135 Views on YouTube; 147 Views on Vimeo; not on TeacherTube)

    *|YouTube:ie7V8AEcm7E|*

  4. One Door Away from Heaven, by Dean Koontz, Bantam.
    Creator not identified.
    (83 Views on Vimeo)

    One Door Away from Heaven from SLJ Trailee Nominees on Vimeo.

    *|Vimeo:15311471*


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