Creating a Book Trailer

Teachers, before you begin the book trailer project, read the Digital Book Trailers for Windows handout below. It has tons of great information on what materials that you will need to do the project, as well as a sample calendar or day by day guide, a rubric, and a peer evaluation handout.


Step 1: Watch & Analyze Book Trailers

Use the handout to analyze the trailers.

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen; Book Trailer created by: F. Mendez-Torres

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater; Book Trailer created by: M. Marroquin

The Kindling FIre-Us Trilogy Book by Jennifer Armstrong; Book Trailer created by S. Orellana

The Ranger's Apprentice by John Flannagan; Book Trailer created by T. Starr


Step 2: Create a Storyboard


Step 3: Learn about Copyright & Cite Your Sources

  • Copyright: Am I allowed to use images and music that I find online for my project? Visit the Copyright for Studentspage to find out.
  • Citing sources: Use the Book Trailers Credits handout (below) to document every image, sound effect, video, and song that you plan to use in your book trailer. You must include the Book Trailer Credits at the end of your video.



Step 4: Search for Images, Music, & Sound Effects


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NOTE! Search for images that are bigger than 640 X 480. Anything smaller will look grainy and pixelated in your trailer. Using the Creative Commons Google Image Search,conduct a search for ONLY large images (see pic below).

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Search for LARGE images on Google

Creative Commons (CC) Music Resources
  • Creative Commons Music: Contains a list of websites to search for Creative Commons licensed music.
  • Vimeo Music Store: Contains a sizable collection of songs that can be freely downloaded and used in video projects. Make sure to click on Advanced Options and then select Creative Commons License.
  • Free Music Archive:Contains a large collection of music that can be freely downloaded and used in video projects. Search by curator or genre.
  • DigCCMixter: Contains a large collection of music that can be freely downloaded and used in video projects
  • Jamendo:Creative Commons music that can be freely downloaded and used in video projects.

Creative Commons Sound Effects
  • Audio Micro:In order to download sounds, you will need to sign-in using the following info:
    • Username: walthamlibrary
    • Password: Ask your library teacher: library
  • Free Sound:In order to download sounds, you will need to sign-in using the following info:
    • Username: walthamlibrary
    • Password: Ask your library teacher: library

Step 5: Watch Window's Movie Maker Tutorials & Start Making Your Book Trailer!


iMovie Tutorials


Step 6: Share Your Video with the World

The WHS Library has a subscription to School Tube. You can login to the library's School Tube account by using the username and password below. If you've never uploaded anything to School Tube before watch the Uploading Videos to School Tube tutorial.

School Tube
  • Username: walthamlibrary
  • Password: contact your library teacher: library