TikTok: BookTok Transition Videos

As many of you know, I am a big fan of TikTok for libraries. You can find my library tiktok here: https://www.tiktok.com/@gvhslibrary

This will be a quick blog post but I know a lot of librarians want to know how to make the “BookTok” videos on TikTok where it looks like one book “transitions” into another book. See example video below. These videos are a really fun way librarians can use tiktok to create engaging “digital displays” of books in the collection. Whenever I create these little BookTok videos and post them to our library’s instagram, we usually always end up having students come in the next day asking to checkout some of the books that I featured in the video, so its a great way of marketing & promoting the books in the library.

Example of a BookTok with Transitions

I created a couple of tutorial videos to teach librarians a few different “transition” techniques, and how to use TikTok to make the videos. They’re actually pretty easy to do, and really fun. There are three video tutorials and they basically increase in difficulty as you go down so give the first one a try and see how it goes. I think you’ll find it somewhat addicting! Don’t forget that you can create a TikTok account for free and then easily create these kinds of videos.

*protip* If you’re not in the mood to actually build a following on TikTok, thats ok! You can always simply set your account to private, create & post the videos (no one will be able to see them if you have it private) and then you can just download your video off TikTok so you can upload it to whichever social media platforms your library is using. You don’t have to invest fully in building a platform on TikTok in order to benefit from and utilize the tiktok video editor tool. You can always just download the videos off tiktok after you create them and then share them elsewhere.

Enjoy, have fun, and don’t forget to tag me in the videos you create because I LOVE to see what you come up with! Tag me in TikTok @gvhslibrary

Tutorial #1: How to do simple “page flip” transitions in a digital “BookTok” display
Tutorial #2: How to do simple “camera obscured” book transitions in a digital “BookTok” display
Tutorial #3: How to do simple “book cover obscured” book transitions in a digital “BookTok” display


  1. Hi Kelsey,

    I love this idea of using technology that the students are already so interested in, as a way to encourage student interest and literacy. I am hoping to have a position in a school library in the future, but feel that this idea could also be beneficial for classroom teachers as well. I appreciate how you provided steps & video tutorials, and as someone who wouldn’t want to build a following, it is nice to know that I can still use this technology for education purposes with those I want to share with. Finally, I think it is great you are promoting books that can help students feel as if they belong and potentially see themselves in the characters. Thanks for sharing this idea.


  2. Hi Kelsey,
    I’m always impressed by those teachers that are able to use the most recent technology to enhance learning. I’ve always shied away from tiktok, mostly because I’m not comfortable using it. But this is an idea I can use in my classroom. I think students will find it engaging. The videos are short enough to keep students attention. What else have you used tiktok for? I’m wanting to add more technology to my classroom and at some point as a teacher librarian.


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