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 […]
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.
The original version of this post was published on the course blog for Information 266 (SJSU iSchool). Right now I’m in the middle of a collection development course at San Jose State’s iSchool where I’m working on a teacher librarianship credential. As part of my studies, I read a report about the state of lesbian, gay, […]