Fun Friday: Book trailers

There’s an interesting trend I’ve noticed coming out of the publishing industry: Trailers for books. Not a trailer filled with books, as in a Bookmobile. I mean like movie trailers, but for books that haven’t even been made into a movie yet. These trailers run the gamut from cute and polished, to campy, to homemade but sincere. They’re almost like extended book jacket blurbs in a way. I find it interesting that we’re such a multimedia culture now that even books need trailers.

Here’s a cute one for a children’s book, titled, plainly enough, “It’s A Book.”

A slightly less cute, but somewhat funny, trailer for “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters,” a retelling of the Jane Austen classic.

And finally, this trailer was created by the author herself for her memoir, “Love in Translation.” The video is slightly cheesy, but it does make me interested in the book. Go figure.


Cardmaking and reading


My first attempt at using all my new crafting supplies to make a card.

Today is Read Across America Day, and I thought it would be fun to have my first attempt at card-making coincide with it. The program is geared toward fostering a love of reading in children and is sponsored by the National Education Association. It also coincides — not coincidentally — with Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Parents and other caring adults are encouraged to read with their kids today. So here it is: My first card. It’s based on an idea in the A Card A Day book I’ve mentioned, but the “be a star” part is my idea. I’ve decided it’s alright, for a first attempt.

I was blessed to have parents who read to me often when I was a child. I’m sure that’s a large part of why I love to read so much now. Before I could read, the book I most asked my parents to read to me over and over was Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. After I could read on my own, I loved the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary. So what were your favorite books as a child?