Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. –George Bernard Shaw
This summer my goal is to get 30 celebrities to send me a 1 min book talk about their favorite kid's book.
Will you join me in sharing my love for reading?
Why I'm Asking for Your Help
Once a week I get on the morning announcements to do a 1 minute book talk about my favorite books. Book talks are one of my favorite things to do because I love to share my favorite books! However, I want students to hear from someone who isn't just a librarian. I want them to know that everyone has a favorite book and that all different types of people love to read!
How You Can Help
How can you help me recommend books to read? It's simple! All you need to do is pick your favorite children's book or middle grade chapter book and record a 45 second-1 minute commercial about who you are, what book you're sharing, and why you love it. You can either upload the video to Youtube and send me the linkor you can email me the video as a .mov file.
Want to do More?
So you emailed me a video, but you want to do more! That's great and I will appreciate any help I can get in spreading the love of reading! There are three things you can do to help me in the library:
1) Send me a hardback copy of the book from your book talk for my students to read and enjoy. 2) Donate to my Donor's Choose account. All money goes toward buying books and other needed supplies for the library. 3) Share my goal with others! My goal is to have 30 book talks before August, but how cool would it be to get more than that?
Tips & Pointers
The video doesn't need to be perfect! I do my book talks live and always make mistakes. Only you will notice if you stumble over the words or have a bad hair day.
Show the cover of your favorite book while you're talking. My kiddos like to see the cover, so they can see how the book looks. It's also helpful for me later when a child asks, "I'm looking for that bear book that was pink?"
Can't remember your favorite book? Ask your son or daughter for their favorite children's book, browse the nearest library, or check out the list of suggestions I made for you.
Tell the students about the book without giving away the entire plot. I like to think of book talks as book previews. Here is an example of a book talk.
Talk to the students like they are watching at this very moment. You might open with, "Hey Sarah Moore Greene!" or "Good morning, students and staff!"