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Book Trailers

Book trailers are a form of advertising for a book. Produced by publishers, fans, and sometimes authors themselves, they  create interest in the novel. Their popularity has exploded, and many have gone viral becoming a vital part of many publishers’ marketing strategies.

Book trailers can vary tremendously in how they are produced. Some are fully scripted mini-movies, and others are simply uploaded PowerPoint presentations. The one thing they all share in common is a desire to introduce the book, and convert viewers of the trailer into readers of the book. This will be your job.


Making Book Trailer with iPads

  • Write a summary outline.  This is usually where the book report process stops.  I required their summary outline to have an introductory sentence and the last sentence should be a closing sentence, for example “Read Deep and Dark and Dangerous for a chilling mystery..”
  • Create a story board.  The storyboard is like a sketch for your Book Trailer.  I used a storyboard with 9 square sections.  The first section being the introductory sentence and the last section the closing sentence.  Students then have 7 sections to fill in between with the message they want to give to viewers.
  • Match images to your words.  After student writing is on the storyboard, students then list ideas for images that match the words they have written.  The first and last sections I suggested to students to have the images be the book cover.  I always had them try to put 2-3 ideas for images on each square.
  • Place images in iMovie.  There are many tutorials on using iMovie available on the internet.  Here is a link to one found within this blog:  Helping Students Make Better Movies on iPad.
  • The last step is to add your words into the movie.  This could be done two ways:  Reading their writing to create a voiceover on their iMovie or type their outline summary directly onto the slides of their iMovie.  I encouraged students to try the voiceover to practice fluency in their reading, but I allowed some to type because I know some students were uncomfortable doing the voiceover.

Where to find Book Trailers

Use these websites to explore as many book trailers you like. Viewing lots of trailers will help give you ideas about how to go about creating your own.

Websites for free Images


Free Public Domain images can be used freely and many images fall under the Creative Commons license which allows you to modify or reproduce content. However, it is up to you to acquire appropriate permission when necessary and credit your source. Many Google images are copyright protected and require permission from the author/photographer

Royalty Free Music

These sites offer music downloads for free. However, the artist and/or website should be credited.



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