Teen Books and Video Book Trailers

I don't know about you, but I love a good video book trailer ... and especially when it's about a teen book I've read and enjoyed. Book trailers, by the way, are just like trailers for movies; they're designed to pique your interest as well as excite you about a character or plot. Some trailers are professionally done, by publishers, for instance. I'm going to share a few good ones now:

Here's a creepy one you might like! Just like Fennbirn's set of Queen triplets, each born with a special power, Three Dark Crowns is available in multiple formats, each with special advantages (ebook, downloadable audio book, etc.)

This trailer for Scythe is pretty awesome also ... and just might make Scythe, a terrific book exploring immortality and the meaning of life and death, too irresistible to not read.

Let me know if you like like the creative use of paper cut images in this unique video trailer. Also, don't forget to learn whether or not music can suck out your soul in This Savage Song, available in multiple formats at CPL (ebook, downloadable audio book, etc.).

Book trailers aren't always as polished as the examples above. A lot of librarians, teachers and students create them for projects or fun. Here's an example of a chilling trailer for a book I thoroughly enjoyed this past fall, On the Edge of Gone, available in multiple formats.

Feeling inspired to create a video book trailer yourself? Share the title or even the link to your creation below. Also, don't forget to share your trailer in CPL catalog by logging into your account and then searching for the book title for which you've made the trailer. Once you've found it, go to the bottom of the record to the section labeled "Community Activity," as shown in the image above, and select the "More" tab to add a video link.

Finally, drop into any Chicago Public Library YOUmedia space for help in creating a trailer - from identify copyright free pictures, videos and music to developing a narrative and even adding sound to your video.

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