Reel Reading for Real Readers: And the winner is….

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Welcome to Thursday’s meme Reel Reading for Real Readers started by Amy and Heather over at! I love book trailers and believe in their power to build readership for certain books and engage ALL readers, no matter their reading habits.

Celebrating Books Awards With Teen Readers

The 85th Academy Awards are this Sunday night.  The Oscars trumpet the peak of awards season in Hollywood  following the Golden Globes and Grammys with flair, pomp, and fashion.  Growing up, I loved watching the Oscars.  Dressed in my finest wares, I’d lounge for the four hour awards show in front of our box t.v., slices of pepperoni pizza in hand and a 2-liter of Coke. I loved everything:  the orchestra, the dresses, the speeches, the movie clips, the hosts. 

For book lovers, we  feel similarly about the ALA Youth Media Awards in January.  Although we may not be decked out in fashion-forward formalware and most of us are streaming the event live through our computers or following the Twitter feed, there are just as many raucuous rounds of applause, audible gasps of shock, and even a little flair at the event. 

Readers, just like movie-goers, love to celebrate their favorite books, put them on display, slap big metallic award stickers on their covers, and collect them.  IMDB, TCM, and many other Hollywood afficiando sites provide lists of the top 100 films.  Film followers find pride and enjoyment in having watched all 100 of those films just as readers find a sense of accomplishment and pride in having read all the Newbery award winners since 1929 with the Twitter meme #nerdbery.

This week in the library I am unveiling our latest special display:  2013 Book Awards.  Books featured in the display are recipients of the Newbery, Printz, National Book Award, Morris Award, Pulitzer, and Nobel just to name a few. 

Take time to celebrate books and authors who have been recognized for their contribution to children’s and teen literature with book trailers from some of the 2013 recipients:

Newbery Award Winner
The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate
Morris Award Winner
by Rachel Hartman
Printz Honor Book
Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein

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