Make your own free website on
Marketing the Library


Public Relations/Marketing | Publicity | Volunteers | Library Displays | Outreach | Programming | Booktalks | Expecting the Unexpected | Bibliography
Booktalks are a great tool for getting children interested in reading a specific book or type of books.  The librarian briefly explains the plot of the book/books while providing the children with clues to the feel of them.

Booktalks Quick and Simple

This is a wonderful site which covers a broad range of information related to booktalks.  The site includes booktalking tips as well as some prewritten booktalks.  The booktalks are organized by Title, author, and subject.  This is the place to start!

How to Present Booktalks

This site explains what a booktalk is, objectives of booktalks, and provides steps for preparing booktalks. This site also contains booktalks for numerous books.

Motivating Middle School and High School Readers with Booktalks

This site is actually an article which contains links to other useful sites. This articles covers what a booktalk is, what kind of books make good booktalks for secondary students, how to assess student participation in booktalks, and the benefits of booktalks.

The ABC's of Booktalking

This site works through the alphabet presenting useful hints for preparing and presenting effective booktalks.

Booktalk Projects for Students

This site was created by Mrs. Simacek. A fourth grade teacher in Wisconson. She provides 113 was was for students to present booktalks. This site will provide librarians with the understanding that booktalks do not have to be a boring speech.


The Newbery Companion: Booktalk and Related Materials for Newbery Medal and Honor Books, by John T. Gillespie and Corinne J. Naden (Libraries Unlimited, Incorporated, 2001).  This reference contains detailed plot summaries, booktalks, and ideas for how to introduce the books to young readers.

Gotcha!: Nonfiction Booktalks to Get Kids Excited About Reading, by Kathleen A. Baxter and Marcia Agness Kochel (Libraries Unlimited, 1999).  This resource provides descriptions of 350 nonfiction books for readers in grades 1-8 and suggestions for what excerpts or sections to use to grab their attention.

Booktalks Plus, by Lucy Schall (Libraries Unlimited, Incorporated, 2001).  This book examines young adult books published between 1996 and 1999. One minute summaries are included on over 100 books for young adults between twelve and eighteen.

Booktalking that Works, by Jennifer Bromann (Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2001).  This resource provides information on why and how to booktalk to twenty-first Century teenagers. There are ready-to-present booktalks included. Techniques for communicating with teenagers and getting them excited about reading are included.


1.  Take notes as you read books for booktalks.  Include:  author, title, polt, characters names, setting, and interesting events in the book.
2.  Begin framing the booktalk.  Write captivating opening and closing lines.  Include the info written down in step 1. 
3.  Select books that are for the appropriate developmental level of your listeners.
4.  Handout bookmarks or lists with the book info on them. 
5.  Be excited and creative.