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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Book Trailers

Yesterday I mentioned a site that contains book trailers rather than a list of recommended books for young readers--Book Trailers for Readers. The trailer is designed to get the viewer interested in reading the book. Here's a sample from Penguin Books for the YA novel, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson [YA AND]:

If your kids are intrigued by book trailers, the quickest way to find them are to go to YouTube and type "book trailers" in the search box. To narrow your search, you may wish to search under "book trailers for children," or "book trailers for YA."

Many of the trailers have been produced by the publishers of the books, but others have been made by fans and students. Teachers may find that creating a book trailer is a way to renew kids' interest in books--something besides the old book report standby, "dress like the main character." To see examples of kid-made productions, use "book trailers by students" as your search term in YouTube. Then, visit Book Trailers for Readers, which has a page on making your own book trailer, as does eHow, Squidoo, and HubPages.

Here's a student-created video on making book trailers!

Producing book trailers sounds like both a fun and an educational project. If you or your kids end up creating one, send us a link!

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