You can submit your votes online!
Book trailers are creative short videos that tell students something about the book without giving away the ending, and convince them to read the book! The video should be 2-3 minutes long and can include images, narration, sound, text and a variety of effects.
Share one or more of these links with students so they can research student-created book trailers:
Print out a book trailer planning template and storyboard This will help students decide on the number of slides, captions, type of images needed, etc. Here are some samples:
Students can use one of the following video tools to create a book trailer. Their names, year made, image and audio sources should be added to the end of the trailer.
Download the app. Open it and follow along with the YouTube video Using Adobe Spark Video for a Book Trailer YouTube video
Download the software Open Windows Movie Maker and follow along with the YouTube video Getting Started Tutorial – Windows Live Movie Maker
The Summer We Saved the Bees, by Robin Stevenson
What do you do when your activist mom is so worried about the state of the environment and the future of the world that she forgets to consider the needs of her own kids first? That’s the dilemma 12-year-old Wolf faces when his mom uproots his family from their home on Vancouver Island to travel by van across Canada performing skits to warn people that the bees are dying: When the honeybees are gone, humans will die out, too. Of course, Wolf fears for his future, but he doesn’t want to stop his whole life to try to do something about it, especially when his mom insists the whole family wear those stupid-looking bee costumes!
Beautifully written and loaded with interesting facts about bees, The Summer We Saved the Bees is an important book that is not just about need for environmental activism to make the world a better place, it is also about family, friendship, love and tolerance of others who might be different, and shows the reader that there is usually more than one way to look at things.
The Summer We Saved the Bees is classed as middle-grade fiction, but can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
–Reviewed by Lori Shwydky
Power Up! A Visual Exploration of Energy, by Shaker N. Paleja
Comprehensive and clear, Power Up! A Visual Exploration of Energy breaks down the different types of renewable and nonrenewable energies on each oversized page. Fantastic visuals — including colourful infographics, charts, diagrams, and maps — provide an understanding of what energy is, the various types, and how it works. The strong illustrations clarify and bring to life many complex concepts. Questions like What is fracking?, How does hydroelectricity work?, and Can the oceans’ tides produce energy for us? are broken down and explained. Significant issues such as oil spills, new energy sources, and global demand are also presented in a manner which appeals to the visual learner. An excellent resource for research, Power Up! is also a fascinating read on its own.
-Reviewed by Johanna Ahn
The Red Cedar Awards Gala 2016 was a resounding success! More than 200 people attended the Gala in Vancouver, which featured presentations by young readers & nominees, door prizes donated by Kidsbooks, and a book signing after-party with official bookseller Kidsbooks. We also announced the 2016 winners!
There were so many wonderful Canadian books nominated for the 2016 Red Cedar Book Award in the fiction category. It was a close race, between cows, cats, campers, ghosts, gardeners, hockey players, guitar players, siblings, friends, and (of course) zombies.
But the young reader voters have spoken and chosen their favourite… And the winner of the 2015/2016 Red Cedar Fiction Award Winner is ….
We also had some fantastic nominations in the information book category for the Red Cedar Award. We learned about history, the environment, animals, quirks of the human body, viruses and germs. Oh, so many germs…
The young readers of British Columbia have cast their ballots, and chosen their favourite… And the winner of the 2015/2016 Red Cedar Information Book Award Winner is….
We also announced the 2016/2017 Red Cedar Nominees! And the nominees are…
Fiction Book Nominees
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Masterminds by Gordon Korman
The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford and Kelly Murphy
Lost in the Backyard by Alison Hughes
Seven Dead Pirates by Linda Bailey
Sight Unseen by David Carroll
Speechless by Jennifer Mook-Sang
Eco Warrior by Philip Roy
Connecting Dots by Sharon Jennings
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
Shot in the Dark by Janet M. Whyte
The Summer We Saved the Bees by Robin Stevenson
Information Book Nominees
Animal Hospital: Rescuing urban wildlife By Julia Coey
The Art of the Possible: An everyday guide to politics by Edward Keenan, illustrations by Julie McLaughlin
Baseballogy: Supercool facts you never knew. By Kevin Sylvester
Colossal Canada: 100 epic facts and feats By Elizabeth Macleod and Frieda Wishinsky
DNA Detective By Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrations by Lil Crump
Elephant Journey: The true story of three zoo elephants and their rescue from captivity By Rob Laidlaw, art by Brian Deines
Friend or Foe: The whole truth about animals that people love to hate By Etta Kaner, illustrations by David Anderson
Give Me Wings: How a choir of former slaves took on the world By Kathy Lowinger
Power up!: A visual exploration of energy By Shaker Paleja, art by Glenda Tse
Trash Talk: Moving toward a zero-waste world Written by Michelle Mulder
What’s the Buzz?: Keeping bees in flight By Merrie-Ellen Wilcox
A huge thank you to all of our amazing group leaders, passionate young readers, generous sponsors, talented authors, brilliant publishers and hard-working volunteers for another fantastic Red Cedar Award season!
With the 2016 Red Cedar Gala just around the corner, we’re taking a look back at some of the highlights from the 2015 Red Cedar Gala! From fantastic guest speakers to yummy treats, last year’s gala had something for everybody. We can’t wait for this year’s gala!
Stay tuned to the Red Cedar blog for highlights from this year’s Gala!
For the past two years or so, Red Cedar’s dynamic volunteer duo, library technician Deepika Thaman, and librarian Sylvia Nurse, both based in the Lower Mainland, have enjoyed helping to review and publish reviews of Canadian nominated books from children across British Columbia. Students can read and review books in either the fiction or non-fiction category (or both if they’re really avid readers!) Deepika and Sylvia are delighted and amazed by the high volume of reviews received. To date, the results are absolutely fantastic as 200+ Red Cedar Award book reviews have been submitted so far. This definitely proves that in this high-tech digital age, children still love reading print books.
Have you checked out the reviews on our Red Cedar blog? The blog is a great activity to get students between grades 4 and 7 across the province excited about Canadian authors and books. A really neat touch to our website this year has been the posting of great interviews with authors like Charis Cotter and David Smith. A big thanks to all the teachers and teacher-librarians who shared their student’s thoughtful interviews with us.
Voting takes place in April, and once group leaders collect their group members’ votes they will be submitted through our website the week of April 18-22.
Stay tuned — the award winners will be announced at our Gala in early May! Is your reading group planning on coming to the Gala? Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people that are planning to attend. More information about the Gala can be found on our website.
Interested in volunteering with Red Cedar? Check out our website for more information and to apply! We’re always happy to welcome enthusiastic volunteers,
This time we’ve got an interview with Charis Cotter, author of The Swallow. Ms. Cotter was interviewed by the kids at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary.
Thank you for writing to me and thank you for reading The Swallow. It’s very exciting for me to be on the east coast of Canada looking out over the Atlantic Ocean and thinking about children on the west coast of Canada, so many thousands of km away, reading my book. I get lots of good reading weather in Newfoundland too, and a rainy, windy day with the fire on is the best time to read a good book.
It is a great honour for my book to be chosen for the Red Cedar Awards program. I will do my best to answer your questions, below in red font.
Thank you so much for agreeing to take part in this interview with us. We were so excited to be linked up with you! Congratulations also on having your novel, The Swallow, in the Red Cedar Book Club. We have a keen group of grades 4-6 students who are reading through the club books. We attend Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School (K-6) in Gar. Hlds which is half way in between Vancouver and Whistler, B.C.. We have been having “perfect reading weather” – cold, wet and windy lately, and we are staying cozy with all of these great new books.
When you were our age, what was your favourite book? Out of your own books, which one is your favourite?
When I was twelve, my favourite book was The Lord of the Rings. But I also loved all the Narnia books, The Secret Garden and The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery.
The Swallow is my favourite of all the books I’ve written so far. It was the most fun to write.
What do you think makes your stories unique and what makes them such good stories?
I think my stories are unique because I write about how children really feel and how life can be hard when you’re a kid, even if you have a regular family. I also think they’re unique because I write about ghosts as if they were really part of our world, not a fantasy.
I hope my stories are good stories because they have lots of mysterious things happening and there’s lots of suspense. I like to keep readers wanting to find out what happens to the characters. I also like to think that my readers can relate to the experiences and feelings my characters have, and that makes a good story, if you can really imagine it all happening to you.
When you were young, did you and your family tell ghost stories at night? Do you still do it now?
My family didn’t tell ghost stories, but I went to a camp and we used to lie awake at night in the dark when we were supposed to be asleep and tell really scary ghost stories, like the story of the Green Hand. It was fun to be scared, but we had all the other kids in the tent with us so it was deliciously scary but we thought maybe we would be saved by the other kids if the ghosts actually came. I still tell ghost stories to friends but I try not to do it too much at night because I scare myself.
True! I’m a big chicken.
What project are you currently working on?
I am working on two projects: one is my next novel, called The Painting, which is about a girl who can walk into paintings in Toronto and find herself in Newfoundland. I’m just finishing that one up. I’m also starting my third novel, called The Ghost Road, which is about two cousins who find a mysterious road in Newfoundland that only they can see, and it leads them to discover a tragic curse that has been put on their family. The Painting will be published in 2017 and The Ghost Road in 2018.
What part of writing a book is the hardest for you?
Once I get to the middle of a book, I often get stuck with the plot. It’s hard to figure out what will happen next that will lead me to the end of the book. I usually know the beginning and the end of the story, but the middle is challenging. I also have a hard time with the endings, making them just right. I rewrote the end of The Swallow five times.
Thanks again for your this wonderful opportunity!
Thank you for all your thoughtful questions. I enjoyed answering them. Have a great spring and happy reading!
Thank you Ms. Cotter, Teacher-Librarian Sue Heikoop, and the kids at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary for this great interview!