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The Booktalker's Bible

How to Talk About the Books You Love to Any Audience

by Chapple Langemack


This lively and light-hearted guide provides all the information you need to create a smashing booktalking program.

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March 2003

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 216
Volumes 1
Size 6x9
Topics Children's and Young Adult Programs/Booktalking
  Adult Services and Programs/General
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Whether you're preparing for your first booktalk or you're a seasoned booktalking pro, this lively and light-hearted guide provides all the information you need to create a smashing booktalking program—from finding your audience and choosing the books to performing the booktalk and evaluating the program. Filled with insightful, humorous, and inspiring stories from some of today's best booktalkers, this practical guide includes hundreds of sample booktalks, reproducible forms, and booktalk booklists for a wide variety of audiences. A must purchase for anyone who booktalks or wants to get started.

Topics include:
• Why Booktalk?
• The Golden Rules of Booktalking
• Choosing Your Books
• Building a No-Fail Booktalk
• Delivering a Dazzling Booktalk
• Booktalking to Adults
• Booktalking to Children and Teens
• Booktalking in Schools
• Taking It on the Road
• Booktalking Variations
• Evaluation and All That Jazz



[O]ffers practical advice on booktalking basics with a sense of humor and the wisdom of experience, reminding us all that obvious rules like Read the Book and Know Your Audience (especially teens) are absolute imperatives.School Library Journal

For those who want to do more talking to groups about books (fiction or nonfiction), ^IThe Booktalker's Bible^R is worth considering for its practical advice.The Australian Library Journal

Designed for the basic beginner to the most seasoned veteran, there are tips and ideas that will benefit any librarian.Library Media Connection/Professional Reading

A comprehensive yet lighthearted guide to everything you need to know to be successful. She reveals the six golden rules of booktalking (number one is to read the book!) and addresses how to choose the best books for your audience and develop no-fail booktalks for children, teens, and adults.American Libraries

For readers wishing to start a booktalk program or improve their booktalking skills, this compact volume will prove useful.Booklist/Professional Reading

Langemack provides a superb one-volume how-to-do-it book that covers anything a novice would need to know and some things of which experienced booktalkers might need reminding....She enlivens the text with many boxed personal anecdotes of booktalk situations....Beyond its utter practicality, the book is really hilarious in spots and a good, interesting read....This wonderful, engaging book is a great addition to the arsenal of tools librarians serving young adults need to have--and use.VOYA

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