Booktalking for children seems to be generating a bit of discussion these days. Should we bother? Of course. Should we use booktalks in our lessons? Absolutely! - School Library Journal, 2007

Why should we be doing booktalks?

Steps for Doing Booktalks

  • Think about your audience...who are you trying to convince? The best audience for booktalks are the upper grades, 3-6. Younger grades do better with having a book read to them.
  • You also need to know and care about the books you're going to discuss.
  • Message: Choosing materials to talk about. What should you talk about?
    • Don't talk about books you can not provide.
    • Talk about books your audience may not find on their own.
    • pick some books that will challenge the good readers in your audience, and others that won't intimidate the slowest; some that will appeal to girls and others to boys; or magazines, or comics or graphic novels, among the books.
  • Organize your your talk
    • You should talk for 3-5 minutes about each book
    • You can have props, dress-up, or create them about a theme
    • Share one episode or event from the story. DO NOT share the whole plot.
    • Make sure it's representative of the book - don't retell the only funny episode in a heart-rending story, or get everybody in the mood for horror when you're offering a pleasant family chronicle.
    • Find a Non-fiction book to compliment the book
    • Write it down, memorize it, pace yourself and don't talk to fast, you shouldn't talk about a book you have not read.

Creating Digital Booktalks

Using PowerPoint
Places to find pictures

Using what is already there

iTunes Booktalks


Some Recommended Podcast to check out:

Book Talks Plain and Simple by Nancy Keane

Children's Book Trailers

ITSCO Book Talks
Book Trailers, like commercials for book!

Below you will find a collection of some great resources to find Digital Booktalks. There are many great resources out there that are already created for us to use with our library media programs and lessons. Digital booktalks can be shown in your libraries or broadcast across the schools video distribution center. It is a wonderful way to create excitement for reading in your school. Click on the image to visit each site.

You will want to make sure to sign up for an account at this site. There are examples of student created materials and lesson plans to help students to create their own booktalks that are only available if you register.
This is a great site that connects you to Video Book Talks, Book Trailers, Author Read Alouds, and a whole treasure chest of wonderful resources to incorporate into your library media program.
YouTube is a vast resource. You will find both booktalks as well as Book trailers. You can search with the book title + booktalk to help narrow your search. Warning...this site may be blocked within your district.
This site takes a unique approach to the booktalk. They not only will talk about one book, but will also look at books that cover a theme. A book is shared each day, but they also have a a wonderful archive. Along with the booktalks for each theme, there is a list of other books that file the theme.
This is a great wikispaces that has many student created booktalks created using a website called VoiceThread.
Resembling YouTube, TeacherTube is a great resource for teachers. It contains both teacher and student created materials. It may be more beneficial to do your booktalk searches on specific book titles rather than under the general category of booktalks.
This is an easy to use online resource to build booktalks on the web. There are a lot of student created booktalks on this site. Each having there own unique way of presenting the book.
Like most other google searches, you can find a lot of great resources all in one place.
This is a great resource for already created booktalks as well as ideas on how to create them yourselves.