Last Saturday I joined two car loads of librarians and English teachers for a drive down to Santa Monica for Yallwest 2019. Yallwest, an epic festival celebrating young adult and middle grade books, is a joyful event. It’s more than a book festival because it is all about young teen and tween fans in attendance. […]
Have I mentioned I’m new to this library business? Among the many new skills I’m learning is the art of the booktalk. That’s the one-word-on-purpose booktalk I heard about in library school. There is one major goal for booktalks: Get students to check out books and read them! Easy, right? Well, sometimes it works and […]
Right now I am finishing up my last class at SJSU’s iSchool. This class is all about giving booktalks and making book trailers. The goal is to get / keep people reading. I can stand behind that. This booktalk video contains talks on 5 young adult books, all of which I recommend whole heartedly. The […]
In this video I give booktalks about four books I absolutely loved: The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Teretsky, The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, and Ghost by Jason Reynolds. Click HERE for the complete booktalk script.
This booktalk describes great graphic novels for adults who love to read but don’t normally read graphic novels. My list includes Girl in Dior by Annie Goetzinger, Blankets by Craig Thompson, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Dirt Candy by Amanda Cohen and Ryan Dunlavey, and Patience by Daniel Clowes. Click HERE for the booktalk script.