The first annual SLJ Trailee Award winners were announced on Friday, October 22nd, at the School Library Journal Summit on the Future of Reading in Chicago.
What, you may ask, are the Trailee Awards, and are they as prestigious as, say, the MTV Movie Awards?
First things first. The School Library Journal Trailee Award contest is the first ever recognition for videos specifically created to promote books for kids and teens. Kind of like movie trailers, but for books. They are “people’s choice” awards, meaning regular folk like you and me watch and vote on which trailers are the best, in several different categories. To learn more about the process, see “Trailee Award Winners Unveiled“.
The winners in all six categories are below; for a complete list (sorry, voting is over!), visit the Trailee Awards Nominated Videos page.
Publisher/Author-created for elementary readers (PreK-6): Shark vs. Train
Publisher/Author-created for secondary readers (7-12): GhostGirl
Adult (18 +)-created for elementary readers (PreK-6): 14 Cows for America
Adult-created for secondary readers (7-12): Unwind
Student-created for elementary readers (PreK-6): Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus
Student-created for secondary readers (7-12 grade): The Chocolate War
As for whether or not a Trailee Award is as prestigious as an MTV Movie Award, for its intended purpose — to promote reading amongst kids and teenagers — I’d say a resounding YES!