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Book video update

Sources for video reviews and trailers of books are multiplying. 

I’ve been collecting a little list of what I find on the BookLeads wiki.  (Please join and help me grow this wiki!)

Let’s update a few of the choices for sharing on our websites, during our booktalks, and inspiring student projects.


Okay.  I am a little late (by about two years) in discovering the StoryTubes contest.  But it’s not too late to enjoy the 2010 Judge’s Choice Awards and Honorable Mentions

The national contest encouraged K12 students to produce and submit (2-minute or shorter) videos of students promoting books or book series. Why it’s so good and why others should read it. After producing their videos, students upload to YouTube or TeacherTube.  

Videos were evaluated for

performance, script, and creativity of supporting materialsOther factors with lesser weight include but are not limited to demonstrated knowledge of the book, technical quality of the entry, and general appeal of the presentation.

It looks like these are truly a mixed bag in terms of quality, but I am planning to use them as models to discuss what we might ourselves produce next year.

The University of Central Florida’s Digital Book Talk hopes to create a community of avid readers, one video at a time

The Digital Book Talk site currently hosts 96 trailers including a growing number submitted by students.  Books are browsable by author, title, content level, lexile, page numbers, and genre. Trailers include beautifully written summaries.

After registration parents and teachers 

have full access to the UB the Director link . . . which provides our curriculum model, teaches how to visualize the books being read and how to utilize the story invention process to create your own video book trailers.

Take a look at the trailer for Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Teresa Shauer recently created BookTrailers4All, using the file sharing tool, 4Shared. The site presents folders

created as a way for educators to share book trailers for children’s and YA books. It is an extension of the group Book Trailers for All on Teacher Tube.

Teresa explains the reason for the two hosting sites:

The reason they are available in both locations is that this site is blocked by many school filters, while Teacher Tube remains the most accessible file sharing site.

Here’s an example of the trailer for Ellen Hopkins’s Crank by Teresa herself:

Though not necessarily for K12 consumption, if you are interested in the state-of-the-art, or rather the best and worst of the new art of book trailer creation, take a look at the videos recently selected for the Moby Awards.

Here’s one example, a winner of the Best Big Budget category–Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

And here’s one for the YA title, The Karma Club, by Jessica Brody (with a cameo from Deepak Chopra).

Please remember to add any of your own trailer leads or your own sites to our Book Leads wiki.  Publishers, are very welcome to contribute sites too!

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Katie Miller says:

    I am in the process of updating my library website and I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind if I linked to your book leads website? I really like it and wanted to make a website for the book trailers, but then I saw your website and the book leads website and thought this is really awesome!
    Katie Miller

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