BOOK TRAILERS - Years 7 and 8

Book Trailers are an excellent way to communicate the love of reading and promoting books. Book Trailers are an excellent alternative to the traditional book report. They are a form of digital storytelling and allow students to respond to a book in a creative way, but they also encourage critical thinking and analysis. Book Trailers are similar to film trailers. They should build up interest in a novel and encourage people to read the book.

When creating your book trailer, you will have to interpret the written words from the book into visual images. You want to provide us with a taste of what the book is about without giving much of the plot away.

To create your book trailer you can use all or some of the following:
  • still or moving images
  • music - preferably created by yourself (this provides increased originality to your book trailer)
  • voiceovers
  • text
  • special effects
  • editing effects, such as transitions

The important thing to remember is that technology is not the goal. It provides different ways for you to communicate your ideas to the audience. Ultimately you want your book trailer to convince the viewer to read the book.

Examples of Book Trailers

Shiver by Maggie Shiefvater

Matched by Allie Condie

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Paranormalacy by Kiersten White

The process of creating your book trailer.

  1. Read the book
  2. Get an impression of the book by brainstorming all of the following - What did you like about the book? What was most interesting? Most memorable? Most unique? Who are the main characters and their role in the book? What significant themes or issues arise from your book? What are your thoughts on the setting? How is it significant to the book?
  3. Create your storyboard - think about the types of visuals you might want to include.
  4. Plan your sound on paper - music (preferably your original creation), sound effects or voiceovers
  5. Use Creative Commons Licensed sites to locate suitable images

WHY should we use Commons Licensed Material?

Creative Commons Kiwi from CreativeCommons AotearoaNZ on Vimeo.

Image sources

ACKNOWLEDGING the original creators of the images

It is important that you acknowledge the original creator of the image or music at the end of your book trailer. Check out this guide on How to Reference Creative Commons Images document images help you.

6. Use Creative Commons Licensed sites to locate suitable sound


  • A series of drawings/sketches of proposed activities logically sequenced to tell the contents of a story - essentially it's describing all that will happen image by image. You don’t have to be an artist – a sketch is sufficient to give another person an impression of your ideas for your book trailer. The key to successful storyboards is to carefully plan what images you wish to locate for your book trailer.
  • Importantly the storyboard will allow you to organise and develop the focus of your book trailer.
  • The storyboard will allow you to decide on your voiceover, sound effects or music that will best accompany the images.

Use this to complete your book trailer storyboard.