Kid Lit Movies: Book Trailers for Young Readers

Learning objectives
Create a visual advertisement for a library book
Use critical thinking and ethical digital citizenship skills when gathering visuals and music from the Internet.
Equip students with real-world experience and skills in collaborative decision making

How do you connect kids with great books? In our library, it’s with movies, thanks to our student-created book trailers! These videos are exciting visual previews of books. In three 4th grade library classes, teams selected a favorite book, storyboarded the content using OneNote, and then created book trailers with Windows Live Movie Maker. These movies are used as digital advertising in our library. They are embedded on our school library blog, and on SchoolTube for a wide range of student and public access. In addition, we generated QR codes for their movies and placed them on the books themselves and on other high profile locations around the school, linking the physical book to its digital counterpart. In the process students improved their evaluative and analytical skills, while creating an engaging product designed to sell awesome books to their peers.

Common Core Content
CC.4.RL.1, CC.4.RL.2, CC.4.RL.3, CC.4.W.2, CC.5.RL.1, CC.5.RL.2, CC.5.RL.3, CC.5.W.2
Julie Hembree



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Technology Component

Technology Sub Component


Content Areas


Subject Levels

4th Grade, 5th Grade