Recently, the CLiF team visited Newbury Elementary School in Newbury, VT. NES is one of six elementary schools in Vermont and New Hampshire that have received CLiF’s Year of the Book grants. Year of the Book provides around $25,000 worth of fun literacy-based programs, support, and free new books for students to choose and keep over the course of the 2012-2013 school year.

We made a special trip to NES to help them celebrate the school’s 100th anniversary, which took place on the 100th day of the school year! A unique CLiF program was showcased on the day of the anniversary. Newbury Reads! is a collection of book trailer videos that was produced, written, and directed by the team of Faith Catlin, John Griesemer, and Richard Waterhouse with director of photography Whittaker Ingbretson, project coordinator Laurie Storm, and art director Carol LeBarron.

Five book trailers were created with the help and budding acting prowess of NES classes:

Second grade: Junie B. Jones

Third grade: Bunnicula

Fourth grade: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Fifth grade: Frindle 

Sixth grade: Touching Spirit Bear

The screenings for students were a ton of fun, and kids provided excited commentary, laughs, and gasps when the plot of each trailer took an amusing or hair-raising turn.

Katie Beth Ryan of the Valley News attended the screenings and wrote a great feature for the paper. You can read it at the Valley News website.

Check out the trailers below!


Frindle Book Trailer from Children’s Literacy Foundation on Vimeo.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Trailer from Children’s Literacy Foundation on Vimeo.

Touching Spirit Bear Book Trailer from Children’s Literacy Foundation on Vimeo.

Bunnicula Book Trailer from Children’s Literacy Foundation on Vimeo.

Junie B. Jones Book Trailer from Children's Literacy Foundation on Vimeo.

5 responses to “Newbury Reads! Book Trailers

  1. I really enjoyed your trailer of Touching Spirit Bear. You really made the book come alive for me. It was an honor to have you read one of my novels and to really understand the issues in the book. Great Job!!!


    1. Thanks, Ben! John, Faith, Richard, and their crew really did a great job of collaborating with students on this one. Thanks for writing such an incredible book! – Matt

  2. Hey i was in the touching Spirit bear and it was so much fun making that we really learned about how they make films and movies.

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