What are they?

Publishers and authors use the Internet to market books to potential readers. You can not only find book trailers online, but also other items that can spark your students' interest. The picture below is one of several Maximum Ride Trading Cards.


How can I use them to promote reading?

Many sites provide free downloads including computer wallpaper. Download several and change your classroom computer wallpaper often. Introduce books and allow students to play accompanying games. Encourage students to contact the authors.

Where can I find games, downloads, and book specific sites?

A Google search with the book title in quotation marks and other search terms such as "interactive," "games," "audio," and "downloads" often will provide you with these items. I have listed several examples below to help you get started.


Captain Underpants

Chris Van Allsburg

Mo Willems

Roald Dahl


Middle and High School

Escape from Furnace series

The Hunger Games series

The Maximum Ride series

The Maze Runner

The Mortal Instruments series

Skeleton Creek series

Where can I create my own my own motivational "stuff"?

Big Huge Labs Create your own character trading cards, book posters, and computer wallpaper,among other items.


"Free Downloads." Maximum Ride. Hachette Book Group, n.d. Web. 11 June 2011. <www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/MaximumRide/downloads.html>.