Book Talks

Book talks are oral presentations that promote reading materials to students. Book talks stimulate interest in reading, create awareness about the variety of materials available on a particular theme or issue, and expose students to new areas of reading. The texts presented can be informational or fictional and related to the curriculum or personal recreation, but they should act as an invitation for further exploration by students. Book talks can provide opportunities to make connections between real-life problems or issues and those encountered by fictional characters. If a single book is featured, a book talk could focus on a particular element such as plot, character, or theme to stimulate further interest.

The teacher/teacher-librarian:
  • models a consistent interest in reading a wide variety of materials;
  • promotes access to the school library collection;
  • works in collaboration with all school staff to promote reading for students;
  • selects, presents, and evaluates appropriate reading materials.

Book talks:
  • require time for both the teacher and teacher-librarian to plan and present appropriate materials;
  • require knowledge about the appropriate reading materials for the age and developmental level of the students;
  • require a knowledge of the current materials available;
  • require a wide range of knowledge about current and classical literature;
  • require an understanding of what books will motivate students to read;
  • require management of resources and follow-up activities;
  • utilize community members and authors to extend opportunities for access to a wide range of resources.

Illustrations From The Mathematics Classroom

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