I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks for your comments.To make the animated characters I use a combination of software. I film the kids reading their reviews and then I use only the audio. I then have them draw a self-portrait. I photograph that and do some conversion in Photoshop. Then I use a program called "Crazy Talk" to do the basic animation. I can then add the sound, background and special effects in my editing program: Vegas Video. You can get some satisfying results using just Crazy Talk and i'm sure there are other ways to do it. Best of luck!