Book trailers work just like movie trailers. They introduce just enough of the plot and characters in a way that makes you want to know more. Some of them are made by the people who publish the books, but many of them are just made by young fans. They can be really cool and are not all that hard to make.
Basic programs like Windows MovieMaker and Animoto work well and it can be as simple as combining pictures with music or as elaborate as actually writing a script and filming a scene. You just have to be careful that you don't use any copyrighted material.
Here are some book trailers for books that are just in at the Dallas Public Library:
CINDER: THE LUNAR CHRONICLES BOOK ONE by Marissa Meyer
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green
TEMPEST by Julie Cross
EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS by J. S. King
Want more? Check out these other resources:
- Book Trailers for All
- Book Trailers for Readers
- Book Screening
- Youtube (search for the title you are looking for plus the phrase "book trailer")
If you have made a book trailer that you want to see posted on this blog, send it to me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy trailer watching!