Reach your upper elementary or teen audience with creative ways that promote reading and Children's / Young Adult literature using free or open-source technology tools

On this site you will find ideas from teachers and librarians everywhere on how to use technology to promote reading, Children's and Young Adult Literature.  Thanks to everyone for all of your great ideas!!!

Make sure you check out the fun READ Poster made by Erin Bjorn-Fitzpatrick or the Banned Books poster made by Buffy Hamilton. Set up a Wallwisher page to have students suggest books for read alikes.  For example:  If you liked "The Hunger Games" then read ...  Students can add their own suggestions and images of book cover to the wall.

Create short videos or posters for to promote books in your local or state book award contests.  Try your hand at creating short book trailers using free video editing software such as iMovie, MovieMaker, or Photostory to promote new books that are being released.  

Learn how to entice high school students to learn about new books in the Library using QR codes.  Create fun posters and place them in the bathroom stalls and include a QR code on the poster - kids will be dying to find out what it means! 

Select books with a theme and display the photos of those books in a digital picture frame.  Place on circulation desk for students to watch during check-out.

Have students create short audio Public Service Announcements to be played over the school PA system during announcements.  This is great fun for Teen Read or Banned Books Week.

Set up a blog with another book club to discuss the novels they are reading or recommend new titles.  Display a colorful Wordle that includes words like: character names, locations, words that describe events or characters of a book along with a title "Guess the Book". 

Promote an Author using Prezi or try a low-tech way:  place labels inside books with the URL to the author's website, book trailer or Twitter account!

Have students record themselves reading their own poetry or a published poem and save it onto a Mp3 player.  Create a listening station with headphones in your Library for students to sit and listen.

There are so many other great technology tools you can use to promote reading and YA literature like  VoiceThread, Animoto, Toon Doo, Google Presentations, Blabberize, Google Maps and more!

The possibilities are endless!  Have fun and happy reading!

Colette Cassinelli
Teacher Librarian
La Salle Catholic College Preparatory


Book Leads - http://bookleads.wikispaces.com/

Book Trailers:  http://www.book-trailers.net/

Literacy on the Web:  https://literacyontheweb.wikispaces.com/

Reading 2.0 - Using Technology to Promote Books - not Replace them:  http://readingtech.wikispaces.com/

WebTools4u2use - a fabulous collection of web resources compiled by Donna Baumbach, Retired Educator from Asheville, NC - http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com/

The fabulous Professional Library site from Liza Perez - http://cpsproflib.wikispaces.com/uplift

... and the teacher librarians who shared their great ideas!