Book trailers are short films, anywhere from a minute to 3 or 4 minutes, that promote books and allure viewers into wanting to read that book. For the past two years, my library system has hosted a book trailer contest for tweens and teens as a part of annual festival BookFest.
This past year, we focused on mysteries and thrillers and the winning book trailer called “Where Are the Children?” was made by two 11th graders from a local school. We had so much fun reviewing book trailers made by tweens and teens and I would highly encourage you use these tools to help promote creativity and reading. Book trailers are an excellent way for libraries and schools to get tweens involved both in programming and allows them to channel their creativity in a positive, productive way. Book trailers appeal to a variety of people too, from aspiring film makers, designers, editors, to vivacious readers, artists and authors.
Another wordpress blog called the “Tween Book Blog” has grouped together a few neat tween-aged Book Trailers including Rick Riordan’s Son of Neptune and Bunnicula. If you simply look around on Youtube and type in teen book trailer, you’ll find over 5,000 uploaded. Use “kid book trailer” and you’ll yield over 7000 hits!
School Library Journal created a Book Trailer Award called Trailee in 2010. The 2012 winners are listed on the SLJ site. If you’re unfamiliar with how to make book trailers or just like to know a bit more, there is of information already out there on the web, including:
- A Squidoo Tutorial
- Book Trailers for Readers
- Book Trailers for All Middlegrade
- Book Trailers for All Upper Middle Grade
Please share links to your favorite book trailers or book trailer websites below! Thanks for sharing.