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What is booktalking?
Movies have trailers that entice. Music artists drop singles before their albums. What do books have?
Books need your help! Promoting literature to students is super important, and booktalking helps achieve that. A booktalk is a brief, spoken "trailer" of a book. It's designed to tantalize a potential reader, making them want to read.
The Do's of Booktalking
- Read the book (or at least have an extremely comprehensive understanding of the plot)
- Show enthusiasm
- Provide tantalizing elements of the plot
- Keep it under 2 minutes
- Think about audience, age, and ability
The Don'ts of Booktalking
- Share your opinion
- Be overly effusive
- Give away the ending
- Denigrate other books
Creating Digital Booktalks
Create a 1 minute book trailer in no time at all!
If you have a Mac product, you can make a book trailer in minutes with their iMovie Trailers. Here's how to do it!
Create slides of images and narrate over them.
Allows users to string photos together with narration.
Examples of Digital Booktalks (aka Book Trailers)