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Booktalking

  1. 1. Booktalking The Why & The How
  2. 2. Why Booktalk? To give kids a sense of what is available
  3. 4. Why Booktalk? To motivate kids to read and to read more and to read more widely
  4. 8. Why Booktalk? To promote yourself as someone who knows where the good books are
  5. 9. Where are the good books? <ul><li>Displays are nice but… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have some boxes or carts marked “good books” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do shelf markers and shelf talkers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spine labels for favorite genres (mystery) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TAB choices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teens Top Ten </li></ul></ul>
  6. 10. Teens Top Ten <ul><li>1. Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares </li></ul><ul><li>2. The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen </li></ul><ul><li>3. Looking For Alaska by John Green </li></ul><ul><li>4. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult </li></ul><ul><li>5. Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick </li></ul>
  7. 12. Teens Top Ten <ul><li>6. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson </li></ul><ul><li>7. The Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah </li></ul><ul><li>8. Teen Idol by Meg Cabot </li></ul><ul><li>9. The Garden by Elise Aidinoff </li></ul><ul><li>10. How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater by </li></ul><ul><li>Marc Acito </li></ul>
  8. 14. Teens Top Ten from the Past <ul><li>Eragon </li></ul><ul><li>Inkheart </li></ul><ul><li>Trickster’s Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Abhorsen </li></ul><ul><li>The Earth, my Butt, and other Big Round Things </li></ul><ul><li>Thief Lord </li></ul><ul><li>Once upon a Marigold </li></ul><ul><li>After </li></ul><ul><li>First Part Last </li></ul><ul><li>Second Summer of the Sisterhood </li></ul>Which need booktalking?
  9. 15. Christian and Ed
  10. 16. Booktalking The HOW
  11. 17. Some Guidelines <ul><li>Only talk about books you have read </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s also nice if you liked the book but sometimes a negative booktalk will work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you have not read it you cannot do an adequate job in terms of identifying the appeal and audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You cannot rely on reviews or publisher’s age recommendations </li></ul></ul>
  12. 18. YA 4.9 RL
  13. 19. Guidelines <ul><li>Use themes but make them broad </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Makes it easier to include multiple genres </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Widens the appeal potential </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Themes could include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dealing with adversity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding your way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life sucks… </li></ul></ul>
  14. 20. Dealing with adversity
  15. 21. Dealing with Adversity
  16. 22. Finding your Way
  17. 23. Finding your Way
  18. 24. Life Sucks
  19. 25. Life Sucks
  20. 26. Guidelines <ul><li>Include a variety of books considering: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Genre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gender </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audience age and interest levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy reading to books for GT readers </li></ul></ul>
  21. 27. Genre <ul><li>Nonfiction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See Quick Picks lists especially </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Blurred lines </li></ul>
  22. 31. Nitty Gritty Rules <ul><li>Booktalks need to be short and sweet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not tell too much of the plot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perhaps do a read and tease </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try for 10 books in 30 minutes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You must SELL the book </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the most exciting thing to tell? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can you leave them wanting more? </li></ul></ul>
  23. 32. More of the Nit and the Grit <ul><li>Capture the essence of the book </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Romance—the pair of lovers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mystery—the crime or mystery </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sci-fi and fantasy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not try to explain it all </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hook on the real problem at the center </li></ul></ul>
  24. 33. Finally <ul><li>Practice, practice, practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start with colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use post it notes if need be but do not write them out </li></ul><ul><li>Begin with a core and extend each time adding 2-3 new titles </li></ul>

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