Beyond Booktalks: Multi-Media Interest Grabbers

I love booktalks and I love booktalking. Few things we do are as much fun a helping teens find a book they love, but spoken booktalks, no matter how skilled we are or how we tinker with the format, aren’t going to work for every potential reader. One way we can reach more teens is to add some multimedia elements when we are promoting books to a group. Here are some different types of media you might include with a few examples for each.


Like these visual collages for books:

Or this really cool Cinder fanart:

Cinder fan art by MiraPau on DeviantArt

Photo Sets

Tumblr photoset posts are another way for more visual teens to connect with a book. This one is for Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys

Or this one for Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Music and Playlists

Gayle Forman has a playlist for If I Stay.

BookRiot has a round-up of author created playlists including lists for Divergent and Eleanor & Park.

Here’s a playlist for John Corey Whaley’s Where Things Come Back.


Don’t forget video! Book trailers are a little harder to find than they were a few years ago but there are some fun things out there.

This super creepy promo for The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich is just in time for Halloween.

Epic Reads has tons of content like this Epic Reads Explains: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

What other media do you use to promote books?

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