Getting Beyond "Interesting"

Teaching Students the Vocabulary of Appeal to Discuss Their Reading

by Olga M. Nesi


Ask any educator: Would you rather have a student ask you for an "interesting book," or for one that has a fast pace and a dark tone? Most would prefer the latter. If students are to use something other than the word "interesting" to describe books they have read and liked, then they need to be avid, independent readers who know of better ways to describe what they enjoy reading. Appeal terms and Book Hooks greatly facilitate the process of connecting kids with books they love.

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July 2012

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 183
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Grade 4-8
Topics Children's and Young Adult Programs/Booktalking
  Children's and Young Adult Programs/Reading Promotion and Literacy
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Make use of a detailed plan and ready-to-use lessons for teaching appeal terms and Book Hook writing to students.

Getting Beyond "Interesting": Teaching Students the Vocabulary of Appeal to Discuss Their Reading is a practical application book that gives librarians all the tools they need to implement the teaching of both appeal terms and Book Hook writing and sharing. When students know how to write Book Hooks and have access to an easy-to-use system for allowing students to share Book Hooks, the result is greatly increased reading through the power of peer recommendations.

This book not only supplies a detailed plan for teaching appeal terms and Book Hook writing, but it also provides two extensive appendices containing all the black line masters and forms needed to implement these lessons. As a result, practitioners will be able to enhance their students' reading culture through increased sharing of reading—and most importantly, by empowering students with the ability to clearly define their reading preferences.


  • Provides practical and immediately usable material
  • Includes resources such as a list of more than 300 picture books that can be used to teach appeal terms, a glossary of appeal terms, 106 Book Hooks written for YA titles for immediate use and more than 60 Hooks written for YA short stories, and a number of lesson plans and lesson ideas for teaching appeal terms and Book Hook writing
  • Contains useful resources such as a Book Hook template, a reading survey based on appeal, and materials to make a proposal to administration for implementing the teaching of appeal terms and Book Hook writing through the English Department
  • Includes a series of professional development workshops for English teachers, complete with all necessary materials for implementation
Author Info

Olga M. Nesi, MLS, is library coordinator for the Office of Library Services in the New York City Department of Education. Previously she was school librarian at Joseph B. Cavallaro I.S. 281, a position she held for 11 years. In addition to her master of library science degree from Queens College, Queens, NY, Nesi also holds a master of science school building leadership degree from Mercy College in New York. Her published works include the article "It's All About Text Appeal" in School Library Journal as well as an article in School Library Monthly.



"Ms. Nesi details a plan for teaching students and teachers to use expressive appeal terms when describing books. . . . The book and accompanying CD detail the process of teaching appeal terms and Book Hook writing, and include all tools needed. . . . Highly recommended."—Library Media Connection

"Authored by a library coordinator for the Office of Library Services in the New York City Department of Education, this work will help teachers and librarians with students of any age to better guide the children through identifying what they like about books, building their appreciation of literature and their literary analysis skills. . . . This is a valuable addition to any school library’s professional development collection, and can also be used by college-level educators of English literature courses."—ARBA

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