Creating book trailers is an engaging way for students to present an insight into a text. A book trailer is a multimodal interpretation of the themes of the book, and the media is produced from scratch. A book trailer uses a mix of images and or moving image, symbols, text, voice-over, music and sound to ‘sell’ the book. The following examples of commercially made book trailers show how this can be done.
Flotsam by David Wiesner, 2006, Clarion BooksFound by Margaret Peterson Haddix, 2008 Simon & Schuster
13 Words by Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman
It’s a book by Lane Smith
The Very Bad Book by Andy Griffiths (Trailer by Paul Murphy)
The Hunger Games Book Trailer is a student-created book trailer with an original music score, promoting the young adult fiction novel by Suzanne Collins.
Sourcing examples of book trailers
The Children’s Book Council Young Adult book trailers
Visit favourite author and publisher web pages to find professionally made book trailers. This example from Neil Gaiman features the author himself speaking about his latest picture storybook.
Search for ‘author name + book trailer’ to see what you can locate.
Slimekids has a collection of student and teacher-made book trailers.
How to make book trailers
The Best Info About Book Trailers is an excellent place to begin exploring the production of book trailers.
Four Things Students Need to Create Book Trailer Videos by Richard Byrne provides a useful overview and tips for getting started with creating video book trailers.
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