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Five Easy Steps to Making a Great Book Trailer

Step One: Study the Masters

***Tip: Always include the Title and Author of the book.

Step Two: Tell a Story

  • Select images that show the tone of the book, Scary, suspenseful, futuristic, romantic? Are there any symbols or metaphors that stand out, what do you think the characters look like, how do you picture the setting?
  • Select short, snappy text (What words might propel the trailer, often text posed in the form of a question works best).
  • Think about using a voiceover.

Step Three: Search for Images and Music on Royalty-Free Sites

  • Use the links to the right. Tons of free images, sounds, and video.
  • Select music and sound effects.
  • Stay organized!
    • Create a folder on your desktop for your trailer.
    • Keep all images and music in your book trailer folder.
    • Add every site that you use to your EasyBib list.

Step Four: Use the Right Tool for the Job

  • iMovie
  • Please remember to select "Share" in iMovie and then select YouTube. Once you select this option you will be prompted to enter the library YouTube username and password; please see Mr. Brough for this information.

Step Five: Ready, Set, Launch!

  • Does it make me curious about the book?
  • Do the transitions make sense?
  • Do the graphics fit the tone of the book?
  • Does it grab my attention?

 From the VOYA article by Pamela Lowell "Five Easy Steps to Making a Great Book Trailer that your Students-and Even Technophobes (like me)-Can Master."


Remember "popular music," is not Royalty Free. Anytime someone plays Tik Tok, Ke$ha receives a royalty ($$$). You can use commonly used songs but only 10% or 30 seconds of the song, anything else is a copyright violation. Remember if you choose to not use a royalty free site you can only play your presentation for educational use and it cannot be posted on the web.

  • ccMixter
    This is a community music site. The musicians allow you to sample from their music for free.
  • Neosounds
    I love this site because you can browse by mood!
  • SoundzAbound
    Royalty-free music, sound effects, and themes. Searchable by artist, title, length, and other categories.
  • Soungle
    Search for free sound effects.
  • YouTube to MP3 Converter
    If you find a song or sound effect or voice over on YouTube, you can convert it into an mp3 here and then import it into GarageBand.


Important Copyright Information: You must include source information in the closing credits.

  • 4 Free Photos
    Free Photos offers public domain and free stock images that are able to be previewed and downloaded (and used in presentations, handouts, etc.) at no cost.
  • Creative Commons
    Search Flickr, Yahoo!, Google, OWL Music Search, SpinXpress, and BlipTV to "find Creative Commons-licensed media that you can legally share and reuse for free."
  • Every Stock Photo
    Free photos to use in presentations.
  • Flickr: Creative Commons
    As long as you provide credit, images from this site can be used without looking for copyright holder information.
  • Morgue File
    Free images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!
  • Wikipedia Commons
    A database of 1,815,754 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.


Book Reviews

Check out the following links for young adult book reviews. Read a few to get a sense of what you should include in your review.


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