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  • About the Authors

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.

  • Foreword

    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


    Betsy Diamant-Cohen

    Betsy Diamant-Cohen believes that the best way to learn is through play. Developer of the nationally-replicated "Mother Goose on the Loose" (named a "National Early Literacy Best Practice" in 2015), Betsy enjoys presenting training workshops, webinars, and online courses for librarians. Member of the ALSC Early Childhood Services and Programs Committee, her website is www.mgol.net and Twitter handle is @MGOtL.

    Selma K. Levi