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Music is a huge part of being a teen. Music can enhance the reading experience by setting the mood for the book or by adding an audio component to reading. Many teens listen to music while reading, so why not encourage them to listen to these author generated playslists?
What do I do with a playlist?
Play the songs in your library. Put the featured book on display on your circulation desk or in another high-traffic area with a sign that says "Now Playing."
Create bookmarks with song titles & artists and place them in the book or incorporate them into a book display
Post them on your library website
Have a contest for students to create their own. They have to explain/justify why they picked these songs to go with that book.
Create Your Own Playlist
There are several online playlist sites. Use one like
to compose your own playlist, or encourage students to compile a playlist.
Gayle Forman's If I Stay
Eleanor's Playlist from Eleanor & Park
Many authors create playlists to go with their books, or share music they listened to while they were writing, to set the mood. Here are some samples.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Papertowns by John Green
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
- includes video clips!
Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Use the Youtube Playlist function to create your own video playlists.
Create playlists of the book trailers for all of an author's works.
Create a playlist of the book trailers for all the nominees for your state's Reader's Choice awards.
ISLMA's Abe Lincoln Award Playlist for 2013
(compiled by Gretchen Metzler)
Create playlists of book trailers for instant book talks - students can access them when you aren't available!
Gretchen Zaiteff hosted a Book Trailers Academy Awards event for her book group at University High School. She chose 28 book trailers and put them all in a YouTube playlist. She divided the titles into categories, such as "suspense," "romance" and "dystopian fiction." Students viewed the trailers, munched on Oscar shaped chocolates, then voted on the winners. The increase in circulation made all the titles box office hits!
Book Trailer Academy Award Playlist
Book to Movies Playlist
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