A few months ago my son and his wife moved back to California taking my one and only grandchild, Lily. From the day she was born her and I spent a lot of time together, I watched her while her parents worked. Our days were filled with a lot of spoiling and cuddling. One of our favorite things to do together was to snuggle up and read. The first book I ever bought her and it was her favorite, was “Is Your Mama a Llama?” written by Deborah Guarino. We spent hours reading and rereading this book, it’s literally falling apart at the seams. By the way this is a really good children’s book, fun to read!
A couple of weeks ago I was unpacking some boxes (we moved the same time they moved back to CA) and I found Lily Bugs favorite book. Just seeing that book made me miss her cute little face and our time together reading. I have so many great memories reading to her but the sad part is she’s so young (21 months) and I don’t think she will remember it.
I was thinking this could be really fun to do for your little ones that are still at home. You could record library books so that you don’t have to go out and buy them especially if the kids really like them. They could listen to the story over and over. I think this would be a really special thing to look back on when they are older and let their own kids watch.
How to Make Your Own Video Book (Basics):
- Pick a book.
- Take pictures of each page including the cover.
- Upload them to your computer.
- Download Movie Maker for FREE.
- Open Movie Maker
- Click on “Title” this is where you can place a personal message or the date of the video.
- Click on “Add Videos and Photos” this is where you will upload the pictures that you saved earlier.
- Double check that the pictures are in the correct order.
- Make sure that the cursor is positioned at the beginning of the video.
- Click on “Record Narration”. Press “Record” and begin reading the story.
- Click on “Stop” when you are done.
- Click on “YouTube” to upload to your youtube account.
- The page is changing faster then you can read it. Move the cursor to the beginning of the picture that you want to change. Click on “Edit” and change the “Duration”
- I like to do an individual recording for each page. It’s a little easier to estimate the duration of an individual page then it is to do it for the whole book.
- Play around with the program. There are a lot of neat things that you can do to make your books shine.
- Make sure when you upload your video to youtube that you set it as private unless you have authorization from the publisher. You don’t want any copyright infringements.
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