BTFA was created by Teresa Schauer, a district librarian in South Texas. Like many of us, Teresa began making book trailers with Windows Movie Maker, but soon discovered Animoto. Teresa also discovered there wasn’t really a place online to find and share other free book trailers, so decided to create BTFA.
If you don’t have the time to make your own book trailers, have a look at some of the ones available at BTFA. You can search by year level and can also view ‘official trailers’. Below is an example of what you can find. It is a trailer for Something Rotten, by Alan Gratz and was created by Suzanne Severns of Arlington, Texas.
Book trailers are a great way to encourage reluctant readers to want to find out more about a story, and to give confident readers a taste of different genres. Book trailers can be a way to show literature circle groups the novels they can choose from; they can be shown in the library during lunchtimes (if your library has an IWB or tv monitor); they can be a way to encourage students to contribute reviews to review sites, and; book trailers can also be a form of assessment.