This is an exciting enterprise. ACHUKA wishes it well and will help promote its content with regular updates on video additions.
One rather major surprise when testing out the platform this morning though is that it’s not optimised for mobile, and the whole architecture for viewing the video content has a very dated feel.
The online TV channel dedicated to children’s books. has been launched by Sigalit and Daniel Hart, together with Bruno Centofanti.
The content consists of videos, vlogs and reviews all presented by and aimed at children aged 7-12.
An example of the video content:
Sigalit Hart told The Bookseller, “I noticed that often kids were basing their reading choices and preferences on social influences. Whereas kids aged 6 and under were more influenced by their parents, kids aged 7 + seemed to make decisions differently. More so in the last 10 years, with the super accessibility and social influence of tablets, TV, smartphones, apps and the media.”
Phil Earle has just been appointed the new online Writer in Residence for children’s reading charity, BookTrust. He takes over from Sita Brahmachari, and is the 13th BookTrust writer is residence, hope he’s not too superstitious!
Phil said: “Growing up as a non-reader, I had no idea about the power of stories: of the places they can take you or the people you can meet as a result. I really want to show children that the right book for them is out there.”
This page – when you click the link below – has the latest YouTube posts from each of the recommended vloggers.
Good luck! I couldn’t watch more than 10 seconds of any one of them, but then I’m not in their demographic.
I wonder though.
Has the teen demographic _really_ changed so much since the 1960s?
I know that if I’d watched any of these videos in 1967, say, when I was 16, my reaction wouldn’t have been any different. Bemusement. Nausea.
If you’re looking for someone who shares your passion for reading, offers recommendations and maybe even organises a books giveaway every now and then, then watching YouTube book vloggers is perfect for you. Book group Millennium RIOT Readers share their 5 favourites
I had no idea Tim Bowler posted these monthly YouTube ‘bulletins’.
He has now done nearly 100 of them, each one helpfully bookmark linked to the themes covered.
The simple talk-to-camera connection with his readers is really very admirable indeed.