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Book Talks

Research has shown that students often choose books to read based on the recommendations of their peers and their teachers. Why not introduce and recommend quality science-related trade books? One way to do this is by book talking exciting science reads to your students.

What is a Book Talk?

Think of book talks as a classroom sales pitch where the item(s) you are selling just happen to be books. Book talks are brief in duration although long enough to engender interest. They are not summaries or reviews or a recounting of plot. Instead, they are lures intended to hook potential readers. When you do book talks you might keep the following in mind:

Why Do Book Talks?


There are many reasons to incorporate book talks into your classroom. We offer a few. Book talks:

Book Talk Tips

Beyond Book Talks

If you want to take your book talks to a brand new level, why not try some of the following ideas.

For more on book talks, visit Nancy Keane's BookTalks—Quick & Simple at

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9912078. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.