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Book Trailers in the Library

Colby Sharp, an enthusiastic fourth-grade teacher, calls me the Book Trailer Jedi.  I’m wild about book trailers. Truly. I think book trailers are an effective way to connect young readers with books. I include book trailers in almost every booktalking session. If I booktalk ten books, I usually share two or three trailers.  I know a book trailer has done its job when:

  • 1. My students applaud at the end of the trailer.
  • 2. Students run to the catalog to place a hold on the book.
  • 3. At least two kids ask if we can watch it again.

By the time my students are in fifth grade, they have viewed hundreds of book trailers. They recognize a top-notch trailer and can separate the good from the bad. And let me tell you right now, dear librarians, there are a lot of fantastic trailers–but for every good trailer, there are five or six bad ones.

I wanted to know which book trailers my students found most memorable, so I created a Google form to collect their responses. The following book trailers were recommended by the most students.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Amulet Books, 2010) by Tom Angleberger


Little Chicken’s Big Day (Margaret K. McElderry Bks., 2011) by Jerry and Katie Davis

The Graveyard Book (HarperCollins, 2008) by Neil Gaiman

The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable (HarperCollins, 2011) by Dan Gutman

Amulet Book 4: The Last Council (Scholastic, 2011) by Kazu Kibuishi

The Unwanteds (Aladdin, 2011) by Lisa McMann

Knucklehead (Penguin, 2008) by Jon Scieszka

Wonderstruck (Scholastic, 2011) by Brian Selznick

Leviathan (Simon Pulse,  2009) by Scott Westerfeld

Ashthtown Burials #1: The Dragon’s Tooth (Random House, 2011) by N.D. Wilson

If you’re not using book trailers in your school or public library, I hope these trailers inspired you to include one in your next booktalking session.


Our guest blogger today is  John Schumacher (AKA Mr. Schu), a  teacher-librarian at Brook Forest Elementary School.  He is a member of the ALSC Children and Technology committee.

You can visit him online at Watch. Connect. Read. and Two Libraries, One Voice.

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  1. Ms Krystal

    I ADORE the book trailer for Little Chicken’s Big Day!

    Mr. Schu, you were the first person to introduce me to a booktrailer. I had never seen one until I started following you on Twitter. Now ~ I am actually trying to figure out a way to put a monitor/screen in my library (like the ones in the checkout lines in stores like WalMart) that will show book trailers for the patrons. I really want one in my Children’s Area to start. Then maybe add more in the adult areas of the library.

    Wouldn’t that be awesome?

    I really want to make this happen! So… Wish me luck!

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