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booktalking tips and techniques

Booktalking Tips and Techniques

Strategies for Success!

When using this presentation please add slides for at least one booktalk to demonstrate each of the four approaches discussed in this PowerPoint and a final booktalk that includes props and music. A slide for a booktalk may include an image of the cover of the book, the author’s name, and the title.

content of this powerpoint
Content of this PowerPoint:

Text and ideas were taken from

  • Jones, Patrick. Connecting Young Adults and Libraries. Neal-Schuman:New York, 1998.
what is a booktalk
What is a booktalk?
  • It is like a commercial. It is an attention grabbing presentation created to catch the audience’s attention and make them want to read the book being presented!
when you do a booktalk you are
When you do a booktalk you are:
  • A performer
  • And
  • A salesperson
four styles of booktalks
Four Styles of Booktalks:
  • 1. Plot Summary: Create a cliffhanger ending by summarizing the plot to a particular point and then stopping. This is the easiest and most common approach.
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Four Styles of Booktalks:
  • 2. Character Based: Describe a character or pretend to be a character in the book.
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Four Styles of Booktalks:
  • 3. Mood Based: Create a mood by voice, words you choose, and emphasis. You may want to include the actual words the author has written by reading a passage from the book.

Four Styles of Booktalks:

  • 4. Scene Based: Focus on one particularly gripping scene in the book. Tell only what happens in that one scene.

You can also combine elements of different styles in one booktalk.

how will you generate interest
How will you generate interest?
  • A hook is something that catches people’s attention. Most songs have a catchy beat, chorus, or sing along part. Think about commercials…
  • How will youhookyour
  • audience?
what are possible hooks
What are possible hooks?
  • Change your voice and pattern of speech! Is there an accent used by a character that you could use? Can you pretend to be the character?
  • Pretend the events of the story really happened to you!
  • Present the booktalk as an interview or as a news story.
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What are possible hooks?
  • Tell the story from the viewpoint of different characters.
  • Make it funny…..
  • Build it around several cliffhangers that leave your audience wanting to know what happens next!
  • Find a phrase that fits to repeat throughout the booktalk.
you can also create interest by
You can also create interest by:
  • Adding props or wearing a costume!
  • Having an introductory, concluding, or background piece of music that sets a mood.
the first sentence
The First Sentence

Make it count! Grab the audiences attention by:

  • Using a quotation or description of a character
  • Focus on a strong feeling
  • Act out an attention-grabbing behavior
  • Focus on a shocking event
  • Relate to something the audience shares ex. Remember the first day of school….
the last sentence
The Last Sentence

Make it memorable!

  • If it fits, try to end with the title.
  • Use the same strategies for the opening sentence by creating some strong emotion, or include something shocking.
in general
In General:
  • Keep it simple by focusing on only a few characters and using short descriptive sentences.
  • Maintain eye contact with the audience. Memorize the talk. Even if you are reading a section from the book practice it so you know exactly how you want to read it.
  • Keep it short!! Four minutes should be about the maximum amount of time.
  • Less is more!!
  • Remember to be responsible and keep your behavior and language appropriate!
  • Never give the ending away!!!
resources used
Resources Used


Like 7th Guest-Dollroom. [Online Sound] Available, July 29, 2002.


Jones, Patrick. Connecting Young Adults and Libraries. Neal Schuman: New York, 1998.


Actor. [Online Image] Available, July 27, 2002.

Booktalk . [Online Image] Available, July 27, 2002.

resources used17
Resources Used

Chinese costume. [Online Image] Available,%20Tracy,%20and%20Henley%20in%20Costume.jpg, July 27,2002.

Cliffhanger. [Online Image] Available, July 28, 2002.

Disaster/Fire. [Online Image] Available, July 27, 2002.

Harry Potter book jacket. [Online Image] Available, July 26, 2002.

Haunted House. [Online Image] Available, July 27, 2002.

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Resources Used

Hook. [Online Image] Available, July 28, 2002.

Trumpet player. [Online Image] Available, July 28, 2002.

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The End

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Ms. Kate Kelley