There is no end to the ways in which a reader will engage with a book. Just as there is no end to the ways in which to engage a reader (because at the end of the day, we are all readers, just to varying degrees). The following is a list of books that have had fantastic book trailers made for them. They reflect the tone and atmosphere of the book and will, hopefully, inspire some of your students to engage with the story.
All the book trailers have been linked to in titles, lest I overdose your computer by attempting to upload them into this post. Safety first.
Maggie is a really special author; not only does she write really unique and beautiful books, she also plays and writes music, and can animate to create her own book trailers.
Shiver, Linger and Forever each have their own book trailer in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. She wrote, produced and performed the music in all the trailers, and used stop motion techniques to create movement in her drawn objects. There is a behind the scenes post on her blog about how she made the trailers. If you have any exceptionally artistic students, who you wish to engage, Maggie Stiefvater would be my first point of call.
An animated book trailer that perfectly captures how truly unique and quirky This Is Shyness is. It also has that really grungy underground Melbourne feel to it, which is the book in a nutshell. It also has quotes that scroll through the video that will – hopefully – have your student asking for more.
Going Bovine book trailer is a mock interview with the author Libba Bray, who spends the entire interview dressed as a cow. It captures the crazy, funny, completely off centre feel of the book. Not to mention the crazy, funny, completely off centre personality of the author.
With a tag line like, ‘the feel-good mad-cow disease string-theory book of 2009’, you mostly can’t go wrong.
Her latest novel, Beauty Queens, has another mock interview with Libba. This interview is a little more Days of Our Lives.
Monster High by Lisi Harrison
It’s like High School Musical only with monsters. It’s very much for your younger teen students and it really gets into the fun, easy vibe of the book. The book trailer knows the book’s audience and really plays into what they are used to; lots of colour, pop songs and dance numbers.
Going West by Maurice Gee
Using the pages from the actual book, the book trailer creates an oragami landscape, which moves and changes as you flick through the pages, while the narrator grabs snippets of narrative to bring the whole together.
Matched by Ally Condie
This book trailer does a great job of simply setting up the premise of the novel, while simultaneously not giving you enough to satisfy your intrigue. You can’t help but ask questions like ‘what happens next’ and ‘why’. It intrigues the viewer to want more and that more is only to be found in the book.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Narrated by Neil Gaiman and using Dave McKena’s illustrations from the book, this spooky trailer really gives you a sense of the voice and tone of the novel.