I attended an end of year function at Riverbend Books a few weeks ago and was blown away by one of the best examples of book talking I have seen. I ended up with a list of titles from outside my normal genres that I simply must read, as well as a list of titles to give as presents this Christmas. Wikepedia states:
A booktalk in the broadest terms is what is spoken with the intent to convince someone to read a book. Booktalks are traditionally conducted in a classroom setting for students. However, booktalks can be performed outside a school setting and with a variety of age groups as well. It is not a book review or a book report or a book analysis. The booktalker gives the audience a glimpse of the setting, the characters, and/or the major conflict without providing the resolution or denouement. Booktalks make listeners care enough about the content of the book to want to read it. A long booktalk is usually about five to seven minutes long and a short booktalk is generally thirty seconds to two minutes long.
Pru from Jimboomba Libray in Queensland has introduced Book talking with her Junior Book Club. She says:
We look at the display on new items mostly from the JF collection that have come in during that month. I have read a couple of the books and talk about why I did/did not like the book, intended audience and genre recommendations. Sometimes there are new Beginner Readers that may be of interest to the boys.
Next we go around the group and ask what the kids have been reading, did they like it, what type of genre, who do they think would like to read this type of book. This is only a couple of sentences form each child and they only join in if they want to.
Also displayed is another part of the Junior collection such as Audio Books, JNF or mags. This is to show the kids that there are other things at the library that can be borrowed.
Does your library provide book talking as one of your readers advisory tools? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences.