I present multiple book talks a month to Westerville City School students in grades 2-6. At each book talk, I talk about library services, upcoming programs, and 6-8 books appropriate for the age I am visiting. I present to 20-100 students at a time depending on the school.
Every book I recommend to students is done intentionally. When selecting materials for book talks, I make sure to include:
- A mixture of fiction and non-fiction
- A mixture of female and male main characters
- Diverse main characters
- At least two graphic novels
- A mixture of genres
- A mixture of reading levels to reach struggling readers and students reading well beyond their grade
I use a PowerPoint to show images to advertise library programs and to help students see the covers and illustrations of the books I am discussing, particularly when presenting to large groups of students. The PowerPoint allows all students in the room to see the book covers and layouts of images in visual texts. I never read from the PowerPoints or distract students with extra text, but use these to enhance my presentation and to better keep the attention of all students.
Take Home Bookmarks
After a book talk, each student receives a bookmark showcasing the books, programs, and services I discussed.
In addition to providing the students with a bookmark, I also give teachers a handout just for them, explaining the services we offer for educators.