WATER CAN BE… Trailer #1

Yikes! My pub date (April 1) for Water Can Be… (Millbrook) is fast approaching! I’m thrilled that the book got a starred review from Kirkus, and I’ve been working on a set of five different short videos for it. Two are basic trailers, one focuses on WaterAid and global water issues, one is about the water cycle, and one is about water forms. It was fun to try some different approaches, even though I have no video skills. Here’s the first one:

I’d love it if you share it (if you like it or think the book looks good).

And I’ll be sharing the rest, probably one per week, in the next little while. Meanwhile, I’m hard at work on teacher guides! All of these resources will be gathered on my site by pub date (fingers crossed!).

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    1. Thanks, Donna! So many of them nowadays look like actual professional movie trailers, which mine certainly doesn’t. But hopefully they get the feel across. Next week’s trailer is one with more kid appeal, I think…

    1. Thanks, Donna! So many of them nowadays look like actual professional movie trailers, which mine certainly doesn’t. But hopefully they get the feel across. Next week’s trailer is one with more kid appeal, I think…

  1. Nice! I really enjoyed the book, too — will be putting my review together in the next week or so!

    1. Thanks, Matt! I used the PiZapp (or whatever it’s called) this morning. Hoping to learn how to do certain things, if they’re available–like left-justify text, but I already like it better than what I was using:>)

      1. Great! I justify my text, so there should be a way to do it on the app. Good luck!

  2. Nice! I really enjoyed the book, too — will be putting my review together in the next week or so!

    1. Thanks, Matt! I used the PiZapp (or whatever it’s called) this morning. Hoping to learn how to do certain things, if they’re available–like left-justify text, but I already like it better than what I was using:>)

      1. Great! I justify my text, so there should be a way to do it on the app. Good luck!

  3. I just watched your first video about your new book.
    I love it. I taught first grade for 27 years, but I retired in 1999.
    I wish you had been writing books back then. I certainly would have used them.

  4. I just watched your first video about your new book.
    I love it. I taught first grade for 27 years, but I retired in 1999.
    I wish you had been writing books back then. I certainly would have used them.

  5. That’s fabulous, Laura! Well done. I love the sound of running water in the background.

    1. Thanks, Catherine! I was happy to find the water sound–rain and/or waves are one of my favorite sounds in the world.

  6. That’s fabulous, Laura! Well done. I love the sound of running water in the background.

    1. Thanks, Catherine! I was happy to find the water sound–rain and/or waves are one of my favorite sounds in the world.

      1. Thanks, Buffy, on all counts. Yeah, when I share things, I never know what will go with it. Sometimes I lose the original text or picture, and other times it includes everything. Who knows?

      1. Thanks, Buffy, on all counts. Yeah, when I share things, I never know what will go with it. Sometimes I lose the original text or picture, and other times it includes everything. Who knows?

  7. Hi Laura, it’s a bit late in the day but I wanted to share my excitement about your forthcoming book. I enjoyed the video, love the sound of the water, and look forward to the other possibilities. You can’t go wrong. I was in my local library this afternoon and picked up a copy of “A Leaf Can Be …” and read it cover-to-cover. It’s fantastic, including the artistry, both in pictures and words. My grandmother, who lived to be 104, never tired of admonishing us to learn something new everyday. My lesson for today was the explanation for a leaf becoming a bat shelter. Amazing. Thank you and my apologies for this wordiness! 😉

    1. Bring on the wordiness! That bat fact (which I learned about when writing a book of rain forest poems several years before writing LEAF) is what sparked the entire LEAF book. I thought, wow, what ELSE do leaves do that I’ve never even thought about? I love that that’s what stood out for you:>) Thanks, Martha!

  8. Hi Laura, it’s a bit late in the day but I wanted to share my excitement about your forthcoming book. I enjoyed the video, love the sound of the water, and look forward to the other possibilities. You can’t go wrong. I was in my local library this afternoon and picked up a copy of “A Leaf Can Be …” and read it cover-to-cover. It’s fantastic, including the artistry, both in pictures and words. My grandmother, who lived to be 104, never tired of admonishing us to learn something new everyday. My lesson for today was the explanation for a leaf becoming a bat shelter. Amazing. Thank you and my apologies for this wordiness! 😉

    1. Bring on the wordiness! That bat fact (which I learned about when writing a book of rain forest poems several years before writing LEAF) is what sparked the entire LEAF book. I thought, wow, what ELSE do leaves do that I’ve never even thought about? I love that that’s what stood out for you:>) Thanks, Martha!

  9. Well, you know I already love it-fabulous to see, and then to read all the action details! I’ll wait till closer to Pub date to do my review. The trailer is terrific, Laura. Of course, I’ll share! I too wish I’d had the book years ago. My class has used water as a theme for the year more than once.

    1. Aw, thank you, Linda! I’ll keep that excitement in my mind as I’m working on teaching and reading guides over this next couple of weeks!

  10. Well, you know I already love it-fabulous to see, and then to read all the action details! I’ll wait till closer to Pub date to do my review. The trailer is terrific, Laura. Of course, I’ll share! I too wish I’d had the book years ago. My class has used water as a theme for the year more than once.

    1. Aw, thank you, Linda! I’ll keep that excitement in my mind as I’m working on teaching and reading guides over this next couple of weeks!

  11. ?
    I’m always so happy that such good things are happening for you.
    Congratulations on your star! And what a really lovely trailer!

    1. Thanks, Tanita! I’m getting my Feedly act together–heading out now to see what’s new with you!

  12. ?
    I’m always so happy that such good things are happening for you.
    Congratulations on your star! And what a really lovely trailer!

    1. Thanks, Tanita! I’m getting my Feedly act together–heading out now to see what’s new with you!

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