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WLMA 2014: Elementary Booktalk

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Raina Sedore

on 4 September 2015

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Transcript of WLMA 2014: Elementary Booktalk

Elephant & Piggie
What do they want?
Show Off Awesome Books
(a) Pinterest - Ideas galore!
What will they read next?
Readalikes -
Take the seed of elective reading and help it grow
with Kristi Selby and Raina Sedore
Elementary Booktalk!
Our Philosophy:
Cultivate a love of reading
4 Main Types

- Do a 1st person booktalk and
pretend that you ARE the character.
- Leave the character or characters
at a point where they must
make a choice or decision.
- Relate an important or telling
conversation between several
main characters.
Focuses on the main character(s).
3. Scene Stealer
4. Mood
Picks up on the author’s use
of language to create
a certain mood.

Oftentimes can read a portion
for this type.
Select one scene from the book.
Engage or involve your audience by using props, asking questions, reading catchy first lines and excerpts, or making connections to current events or popular culture.
- involve the audience, set the mood, and/or put them in the shoes of the character
Drawing Connections -
News & Movie Tie-ins
Purchase Suggestions
If there is a particularly
gripping scene, use it.
Rather than telling the plot,
tell only the events
in the chosen scene.
Great First Lines
You will leave with:

An arsenal of tools for finding books
A variety of ideas on how to promote elective reading
The ability to write and perform a booktalk
Tips for Writing
Read, read, read.
Choose the books you read carefully – Know Your Audience.
Take notes while reading and write the booktalk as soon as you finish.
Remember it is not a book report, review or evaluation – our goal is to attract and excite readers!
Think Short – not long and drawn out.
First sentence and ending are key!
Write like you would talk.
Know when to stop and avoid spoilers at all costs!
1. Plot/Cliffhanger
This is a summary of the plot
leading up to an exciting moment without telling what happened.
This is the easiest type of booktalk
to do because it is the way that
most people tell others about a book.
2. Character
Thank you!
Our contact information and links are on your handout.
How do we get these books
into the hands of the kids who want them?
TALKING about books!
(a) Take-Home Booklists
(b) Shelf-Talkers
Self-Serve Finding Tools!
(g) Bookstore-style stacks
(f) Themes
(e) Seasonal
(d) Face-Outs
(c) Color-based
(b) Book blind dating
(c) Posters
(d) Notebooks
EarlyWord Kids
Children's Literature Database
Novelist K-8 Plus
Public library websites, lists, and databases
Hunger Games Trilogy
Harry Potter
Percy Jackson & the Olympians
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Movie & TV Tie-Ins
Comic Books & Graphic Novels
Magic Treehouse
Junie B. Jones
Barnes & Noble's site
Timberland Regional Library
King County Library System
Seattle Public Library
Multnomah County Library
Hennepin County Library
New York Public Library
Collaborative Booklists
The booktalk
falls into place between storytelling and book reviewing, partakes of both, and is unlike either.
(Chelton, 1976)
Short, catchy
… ads for books.
Now, it's
YOUR turn!
• They're fun and
patrons (students)
love them!
• Generate interest in reading.
• They're a form of
outreach and PR.
• Increase circulation
• Promote your collection.
• Offer choices and possibilities.

But, WHY?
Short, oral presentation designed to "sell" a book or persuade someone to read a book. (1-4 minutes)
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