Excitement with Book Talks
A very powerful way to create excitement for your Book Fair AND connect kids to books they’ll want to read is with Book Talks. The more kids hear about books, the more they’ll want to read. If possible, we recommend using your Student Crew to perform the scripts during morning announcements or going from classroom to classroom giving book talks – either way they’ll have a blast and gain presentation and leadership skills for the future.
To make your Book Talks even more fun with FREE online resources such as Presentation Scripts, Morning Announcement Ads, Booktalk Event Promoting Templates, Teacher Writing prompts, Fun Student Activities and much more go to Tips, Scripts and More.
NEW This Year!
The Booktalk [In-a-Box] package will now be included in your Planning Kit which will arrive approx. 4-6 weeks before your Fair. The early arrival of this package allows you more time prior to your Fair to check out the featured in-depth Book Reviews and start talking them up.
If you wish to have actual samples of these featured books ahead of your Fair, you will need to contact your Book Fair Consultant to request them. These books can be sold at your Fair – return any remaining copies with your Fair.
Recruit volunteers, including your Student Crew, to give book talks in classrooms or during library time.
Have older students present to younger grades or to reading buddies.
Perform book reviews during morning announcements.
Remind students they can purchase these books at your Fair.
Showcase books & reviews in display case to create excitement.
Sell books & return any remaining copies with Fair.
Top Ten Tips for Great
1. Think about what you want to say. A good book
talk makes one strong point, a “takeaway” that
listeners can remember.
2. Keep it short! A good book talk is never much longer than
2 minutes (don’t exceed 3 minutes).
3. Describe the plot in one or two sentences. You don’t
need to explain everything that happened, and you don’t give away the best
parts of the story.
4. Is there an image, specific passage, or particular
moment that captures why you liked the book?
5. Have a strong opening to set the stage. This can be done
with a question or strong statement. Pick a Book
Talk Starter Card (163 Kb PDF) to help you begin.
6. A strong ending is key to a great book talk. Don’t
say “And if you want to know what happens, you’ll have to read the
book.” Instead, leave your audience begging for more!
7. Use a prop, if appropriate, to catch your audience’s
8. Make eye contact with various members of the audience.
9. Rehearse out loud with someone or in front of a mirror at
least twice before presenting to a group.
Have fun and smile!