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1. Book Trailers
Book trailers are similar to movie trailers, and we all know how those movie trailers hook us into buying tickets. Why not use the book trailers that are on the Internet to help hook your students into reading?
2009-2010 SCYABA Nominees
Wake by Lisa McMann
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher
Much different than the first three trailers, this one focuses on Hannah’s voice – which is what drives the story.
2. Personalized Catalog Card
Visit Catalog Card Generator to create unique, personalized catalog cards to use in displays.
3. Guess the Wordle
Use Wordle to create puzzles for students to solve and have a “Guess the Wordle” contest. Just enter key words or phrases (words in phrases will be separated so either hyphenate them or write as one word) to create your Wordle. These would be great as a slideshow or printed out for display.
Have you guessed the title?
4. Websites: Author, Book, Character
Many YA authors have a web presence; students (and teachers) can friend them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter to stay up-to-date on appearances and new books. Some books and characters have been so popular that they have their own websites. Bookmark these sites on the media center’s computers to encourage students to visit.
Reasons Educators Should Visit These Sites
- You will often find contest information on author sites to share with students.
- You can find offers of free promotional materials: posters, bookmarks, postcards, etc.
- Some sites have Readers’ Guides for books to be used in your bookclub.
- You can find wallpaper to put on your computer to boost student interest.
- Some sites provide information on how to follow the author on Twitter or friend them on Facebook or MySpace. Being knowledgeable about the authors demonstrates your interest in not only the authors, but also your students.
- Mary E. Pearson, author of 2009-2010 SCYABA nominee The Adoration of Jenna Fox
- Cassandra Clare, author of 2009-2010 SCYABA nominee City of Bones
- Walter Dean Myers, author of 2009-2010 SCYABA nominee Game
- Lisa McMann, author of 2009-2010 SCYABA nominee Wake
- Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series
- The Adoration of Jenna Fox
- The Mortal Instruments series (of which City of Bones is the first of the trilogy)
- Chloe Saunders, main character in The Darkest Power triology (The Awakening and The Summoning have been published)
A special thanks to media specialist Buffy Hamilton for her suggestion of including websites.
Well planned and enthusiastically performed booktalks grab a student’s attention and introduce him to books he may never encounter otherwise. You can find a wealth of great booktalks to use or to tweak and make your own at Nancy Keane’s Booktalks Quick and Simple.
- Nancy Keane’s site offers podcasts of the written talks. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed of the podcast through iTunes.
- Scholastic Book Services offers video booktalks performed by staff members.
- Although the service is called Digital Booktalks, these videos provide more than video of a person booktalking.
6. Create Posters
I created this poster using WigFlip. Choose the Automotivator option, upload a picture from your computer, add a title and description and viola! You have a poster.
And, just for fun, I am reposting a poster I had previously created at the same site.
These can be purchased from various sources (American Library Association, Highsmith, and Demco, to name just a few) but why not create your own? Students loved the Twilight series and don’t know what to read next? Why not have a bookmark with suggestions? Students interested in mysteries, sports stories, fantasies, or romance may be too shy to ask for suggestions so have bookmarks on display to offer them suggestions.
I created this “Bone Up On Books” display during my internship at BSHS 9th Grade Campus. As part of the board, I had dog food bowls labeled with different genres and filled them with bookmarks suggesting books in the library for each. (Our mascot is the bulldog.)
Don’t stop there! Sponsor contests encouraging students to create bookmarks. Display the submissions – students love to see what their friends have created (and are reading!).
8. Trading Cards
My friend Heather Loy, media speciaist at Wagener Sally High School, suggested using trading cards to promote books. I used Big Huge Labs to create one on the first book in a popular new series, The Immortals (great to suggest to your Twilight fans, by the way).
9. Reinventing Readers’ Advisory
Do you know the perfect book for those students who enjoyed The Graveyard Book but can’t find the time to personally recommend it to each of them? Reach out to your readers even when they are not in the media center (or classroom) by creating book suggestion flyers. Post them throughout the school to capture students’ attention. You might also want to post them on the media center door or entryway to prompt students to come into the media center to check them out.
10. The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest
Visit this site for a FREE reading promotion contest. Over 150 authors for tweens and teens have created trivia sheets on their books to encourage and reward students for reading.
11. The 2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge
Visit this site for details on this and other reading challenges you can use to promote reading.
12. Ramp Up Reading with Technology
This site is the companion site to my Ramp Up Reading with Technology session at the 2011 Upstate Technology Conference. Included are suggestions on using QR Codes, Livescribe pens, digital picture frames, and mobile apps to promote reading.