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Booktalking Bonanza
Betsy Diamant-Cohen and Selma K. Levi
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0965-2
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $46.00
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240 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0965-2
Year Published: September 2008
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, G, H

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Transform your booktalks to engage your audience! With multimedia infusing nearly every activity, today’s audiences from toddlers to elders expect lively, interactive presentations. Now two award-winning experts outline their kid-tested, proven models for enlivening traditional booktalks. Get up to speed with exciting media technologies like YouTube videos, online music, PowerPoint presentations, Internet resources, and audio and video from the library collection, along with food, games, puppets, and magic or science experiments. Using these ten themed step-by-step presentations, it's easy! Quickly add whole new dimensions to the staid booktalk and

  • Actively engage your young audiences
  • Access ready-to-go 30-minute programs
  • Present dynamic, interactive talks
  • Enthrall listeners with spellbinding multimedia

    Each chapter offers a complete script, along with "stage directions"—which song or film clip or web link to insert when. End-of-chapter resource lists encourage librarians to tailor the subject matter to grades 4–6 or to YA audiences. Enticing, kid-friendly themes include lightning, wishes, mummies, immigration, dreams, body parts, lies, art, names, and cats and dogs.

    Children's librarians, school library media specialists, and teachers will welcome these time-saving programs. Adult and YA librarians and subject specialists will be inspired to jazz things up in their own presentations. Here's the know-how to make booktalks crackle with multimedia excitement.

    Table of Contents

    1. Lightning: A Bolt from the Blue
    2. Immigration: Hello, New Home!
    3. Wishes: Wishing Well
    4. Lies: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
    5. Dreams: All You Have to Do Is Dream
    6. Body Parts: Missing, Extra, and Just Plain Strange
    7. Art: Every Picture Tells a Story; Every Story Draws a Picture
    8. Mummies: Mum’s the Word!
    9. Names: What’s in a Name?
    10. Cats and Dogs: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs
    11. Booktalking with Pizzazz: Using Science Experiments, Music, Magic, Crafts, Creative Dramatics, Video and Film, Role-Playing, Games, and the Internet with Booktalks
    12. Trials, Tribulations, Testimonials, and Tips


    About the Authors
    Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen is the Children’s Programming Specialist at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. Library Journalnamed her a 2004 "Mover and Shaker." In 2005, she earned a doctorate in communications design from the University of Baltimore, and she holds her master’s in library science from Rutgers University.

    Selma Levi has been the supervisor of the children’s department of the Central Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore since 1987. She is a professional storyteller and has done numerous presentations on storytelling and children's programming at both the state and national levels. She earned her master’s degree in library science from Indiana University and served on the 1987 Newbery Award Committee.

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