More book covers for the slide show

Creating these is so fun, I couldn’t help but post more!

After Tupac and D Foster

Along for the Ride

Handmaid's Tale

We Were Here

I Hunt Killers


Blood Child and Other Stories


Book Cover Slide Show

One of my projects at the high school library was to produce a slideshow of book covers featuring a short sentence descriptions to draw student interest. I spent a few hours browsing the library shelves compiling a list of well-circulated books, worthy classics, and popular favorites. After I had a sizable list (made even more sizable after I added some of my booktalking titles into the mix), I set about creating the slideshow. I purposefully did not theme the display in order to appeal to a wider range of audiences.

Sample below.

Wuthering Heights


Eleanor and Park

Boy Meets Boy

Invisible Man

Booktalking to 11th Grade Language Arts Classes

photo(2)Today I booktalked to Mr. L’s 1st and 3rd grade Language Arts classes. He asked for a mix of young adult and classic novels that his students may select for an extra credit “free reading” assignment. I selected twelve books from the library’s collection in a range of genres and reading levels. I planned to officially present six to each class, plus several more I’d briefly introduce if I had the time.

To start the booktalk session, I asked the students what they liked to read. How that question is like pulling teeth! Students in both classes preferred certain styles of sci-fi or books with lots of “drama,” but mostly they wanted a good story.

At the end of both classes I had an opportunity for informal reader’s advisory. At this point the students gladly shared their reading interests: action/war novels, manga, futuristic sci-fi where characters posses super powers, sci-fi featuring other worlds, and more. I was so charged by the end of these!

1st Period Booktalks

Booktalks presented off the cuff, based off student feedback:

3rd Period Booktalks

Booktalks presented off the cuff, based off student feedback: