Sample BookTalks (created with PhotoStory or MovieMaker):


  • NEVER use copyrighted images, sounds, music, videos. Make certain the author gives permission to use the media, and ALWAYS credit the source by giving the author's name and source info. In this case, providing a URL to point your audience to the particular web page where you found the content will suffice for source info.
  • Be creative. Combine different media (images, sounds, music, text, voice narration) to convey your message with the ultimate impact. Move your audience (pathos!).
  • Check out this site: it offers step-by-step directions for creating a book talk with PhotoStory.
    • Note: The directions at this site don't mention citing your sources. They suggest finding images using a Google image search; HOWEVER, as ethical, responsible users, you understand you can't simply save and use any image/video/music you find online. Much of that content is copyrighted. Much of that content comes with an warning NOT to use it. Be smart. Be ethical. Be responsible. Even when you use permissible content, ALWAYS attribute your sources.

Use PhotoStory or MovieMaker to create your video.

  • PhotoStory is an EASY--easy enough for elementary students to use--tool to create videos. It's a free download from MicroSoft. You can upload images and sound and can record voice narration on slides. You can also overlay text. At the end, it has music clips you can add from within PhotoStory, or you can add ones you've found elsewhere. You can NOT use video clips with PhotoStory.
  • MovieMaker is a bit more complex though it's still user-friendly. It's a free download from Windows. You can do the all the same actions as with PhotoStory, AND you can can add video clips.

Find Images & Sound Clips & Background Music:


Music & Sounds:

Other Resources:

Creating Video Book Talks