Easy to make Book Trailers

Embedding book trailers on your library web page is a great way to pique interest in your collection.  There are various software programs you could use to make your book trailer:  iMovie, Photostory, MovieMaker, Google Presentations, Prezi, and VoiceThread to name a few.

You don’t need any fancy photo editing software to make creative images for your presentation either.  I use all the creative features of PowerPoint to make slides with collages of images and then save the PowerPoint presentation as *.jpg.  It’s very easy to do and most people are already comfortable with the PowerPoint interface.  Make sure you use copyfriendly images by using a Creative Commons search .

I also write out a script for my book trailer and then record the audio using Audacity.  You can easily edit the recording then export it as a *.wav or *.mp3 file.

For this book trailer of 13 Little Blue Envelopes I assembled the PowerPoint jpgs and Audacity *.wav file in Windows MovieMaker.  I added a few titles, transitions and video effects.  I exported the movie to my computer or you can export it directly to YouTube.

Book Trailers are easy to make for both teacher librarians and students.  Try making 1 or 2 a month and put together a YouTube playlist and have the book trailers loop on a projector during the school day.  More ideas at:  https://sites.google.com/a/lshigh.org/gotbooks/book-trailers

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