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A presentation to describe what booktalks are, why we do them and their benefits. Aimed at trainee teachers and others who know very little. Contains useful links and bibliography.

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Book talks

  1. 1. Book talking school students.
  2. 2. What is a book talk?
  3. 3. “A booktalk is a commercial designed to get someone to read a book. It is a way of"selling" your merchandise, a performance to get the audience excited about your book.”
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  5. 5. Increase circulation.Promotes collection.Increases awareness ofthe library.Provides out reach tocommunity groups.Aimed at the non / lowuser. /
  6. 6. The most effective way to motivate reading. 44/
  7. 7. Other benefits include… • Helping students find books they will enjoy • Develop a rapport between students and adults. • Model enthusiasm for books. • Highlight reading and books without any additional funding.
  8. 8. Traditional Book talks Find a book you love. Read all.Decide on a ‘hook’ that will catch children’s attention quickly. Describe the basic plot of the story without giving away the ending. CHANCE & LESESNE (2012). sizes/z/in/photostream/
  9. 9. Short and Sweet Sonja Cole,, recommends keeping a booktalk for children to no more than seven sentences!• 1 and 2 introduce the main character.• 3 to 5 Summarize the conflict.• 6 and 7 get the children thinking about what happens in the story.• Connect with their experiences
  10. 10. “Book trailers are a visual representation of a book. In one way book trailers are similar to a movie trailer; they are designed to interest a reader in a particular book.” CHANCE & LESESNE (2012).
  11. 11. "Book trailers take what happens in a readers mind and display it like real-life. Trailers can also do the opposite, and make people who watch book trailers want to read the book. Whatever side people sit on, be it a reader or a non-reader, a book trailer will fill that gap in a powerful, potent way. Its a powerful tool for 21st-century students.“ Chance & Lesnese (2012). It’s a book by Lane Smithn/207942973/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  12. 12. “ the best book trailers are justlike the best book talks. Theybasically just give the jacketsynopsis . . . only insteadof kids having to make theimages in their minds, the trailerspoon feeds the imagery andmusic to them.“ CHANCE & LESESNE (2012). This is not my hat 42069535/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  13. 13. Create a buzz. uisnovus/5835239431/sizes/z/ in/photostream/
  14. 14. Utilize digital technologies
  15. 15. Worth exploring International Children’s Digital Library InAnimate Alice Storyline Online The Amanda Project 315 Stories Guy’s Lit Wire Blog Book Trailers for all 90 Second Newbery / Skype an Author Network Valenza, & Stephens, (2012).
  16. 16. Suggested readingsBlass, R. J. (2002). Booktalks, bookwalks, and read-alouds : promoting the best new childrens literatureacross the elementary curriculum / Rosanne J. Blass.Greenwood Village, Colo. : Teacher Ideas Press, 2002Gillespie, J., & Naden, C. J. (2003). Teenplots : abooktalk guide to use with readers ages 12-18 / John T.Gillespie and Corinne J. Naden. Westport, Conn. :Libraries Unlimited, c2003.Langemack, C. (2003). The booktalkers bible : how totalk about the books you love to any audience / ChappleLangemack. Westport, Conn.Schall, L. (2007). Booktalks and beyond : promotinggreat genre reads to teens / Lucy Schall. Westport,Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2007.Schall, L. (2001). Booktalks plus : motivating teens toread / Lucy Schall. Englewood, Colo. : LibrariesUnlimited, 2001.
  17. 17. 84877973/sizes/z/in/photostream/ ReferencesChance, R., & Lesesne, T. (2012). Rethinking Reading Promotion. Teacher Librarian, 39(5), 26-28.Valenza, J., & Stephens, W. (2012). Reading remixed. Educational Leadership, 69(6), 75-78.