August 22, 2011

Book Talk Tuesday

I have been searching the web for a great place to post book reviews for librarians and teachers to use in the classroom.  Well, I am going to try hosting my own Book Talk Tuesday!  I invite teachers and librarians to link to a recent book talk or book review that can be used by others- to help purchase new books, learn about new books and to help give us book talk ideas.  

My rules?
1. All content must be appropriate for children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.
NEW 2. Please link to your original content, not the content of others. 
3. Websites that you link to must be child friendly since lots of kids visit this site and if they click on your link, I want it to be appropriate for them.
4. Positive reviews only, please... we only spread love here at The Lemme Library!
5. Books must be available in The US. (you are welcome to link to ARC reviews)
6. I reserve the right to remove any reviews that don't meet criteria 1-5.
In the link title field, be sure to include the title of the book you are reviewing and your site name. In the URL field, please link to this specific post that contains the book review (That way people don't have to scour your blog looking for it!)

For newcomers & visitors: Definition of "Book Talk" from Wikipedia: "A booktalk in the broadest terms is what is spoken with the intent to convince someone to read a book.  The booktalker gives the audience a glimpse of the setting, the characters, and/or the major conflict without providing the resolution or denouement. Booktalks make listeners care enough about the content of the book to want to read it. A long booktalk is usually about five to seven minutes long and a short booktalk is generally thirty seconds to two minutes long.

I feel like I have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off lately! With the start of the school year, I really need to hire a nanny, a chef and a maid. I forgot how crazy it is to go back to school and help 35 teachers that all need you to help them right this minute. I forgot how all of the kids seemed to forget the routines and rules of the library over the summer. To say it is exhausting is an understatement. But, I do love being needed and I love helping people. I love the little faces of those fresh and clean kindergarteners and the pride that the sixth graders seem to radiate. To tell you how tired and out of my mind I have been- I have a copy of Darth Paper Strike Back sitting on my end table- and I have only read 2 chapters. Two. Sleep or read? I have chosen sleep. Sorry Mr. Angleberger... and Colby, I know you are rolling your eyes right about now! : )  When you post- leave us a comment and let us know how your back to school/work routine is going for you. How do you balance everything? Is it possible to do everything and do it well? Dr Phil- are you out there? 


  1. Hey Kelly, this is Iron Guy Carl from the Boys Rule Boys Read blog. Just sent you a review for Book Talk Tuesday. Sorry I haven't sent anything in a while--it's been a BUSY summer!

  2. Hi, Kelly.

    We have three weeks of summer left and are enjoying it. This is the most beautiful time of the year where we live, so we're spending as much time as possible outside and trying to not think about the start of a new school year.

    At Delightful Children's Books, I have been encouraging readers to read books set in countries around the world this summer. We have come to our final destination (Asia), and I posted a booklist of 18 fantastic picture books set in Asian countries here at Book Talk Tuesday. The full set of Read Around the World booklists is available here:

    Best of luck with the new school year!

  3. No eye roll. More like a gasp. Kind of like the picture of that girl with the bird on her head:)

  4. I don't go back to school, Kelly, so I can't really comment on back to school routines. But I know that finding balance is a universal problem. I've been working hard to find more time for reading since my daughter was born. After 16 months, it's just now starting to get a little easier... Enjoy the new school year!

  5. My library is ready!!! Last night I stayed up until 2:00 AM reading. I did not appreciate my alarm at 5:45 AM. :)

    Welcome back to school!

  6. I’m not good at balancing, so when I get overwhelmed I shirk all my obligations and read instead.

  7. I'm still a little in denial that the summer is over - My first day back with teachers is next monday - that is always an absolutely insane day for me. I feel like I'm spinning around so fast I can hardly focus on anything. I make lots of lists - lots of lists. ;)

  8. I'll be back to school (officially) next week, though I've been in through the summer to "get ahead". It seems that the more I try to get ahead the more ideas I have for more great things to do! I'm planning to make a morning and afternoon to do list to make sure I devote time to the must do's and save the want to dos for extra time.

  9. Hi Kelly,

    Trudy from Boys to Books blog. My first time here. I posted a link to Beyond Lucky book review which is a great soccer book for boys. I review boy books and promote literacy for boys. (Not because I'm sexist, but because my own boys need to read more.)
    Today was the 1st day of school and we're trying to get back to the routine of reading one chapter a day, content doesn't matter at our house, just reading something does.

  10. Hello! I last entered the classroom as a teacher in August of 1970, as an elementary school counselor in August of 1972 and my youngest child entered her last year of college in it has been a while since I went through "back to school" routines. But my recollections? I quickly learned no two years were the same and "go with the flow" was my byword!

  11. A quick nonfiction post for The Honeybee Detectives. A book in the Scientist in the Field Series. Cheers!

  12. No "back to school" routines for us, but I am excited to see my daughter starting in the toddler program at a Montessori program!

  13. Hi Kelly,
    I'm happy to be back in school and hope to stay in the groove on posting on Tuesdays. It really helps me keep the kidlit reading going!

    Today's our first week back and it's already a blast. Of course, the morning coffee double dose is really helping.


  14. My coping would be the following (not necessarily in order) - Deep Breathing, Reading, and Running. :)

    Have a great school year!

  15. Hi, Kelly. Great line-up you have this week! Sorry I don't have anything to contribute this week. Sounds like school is off to a crazy start for you! My girls still don't start back for another week. Just bought new back packs and school supplies. We're almost ready!

  16. Well, I finally made it this Tuesday! Yay! I'd have to say finding balance has been one of my greatest struggles. I don't teach, but I do have two little little kiddos at home who need my constant attention and I want to give it to them. In some ways I cheat, because I try to incorporate my reading with them so that I can review it later (picture books of course), but this isn't really cheating. No, I guess I do forfeit sleep most often when it comes to my reading. Thankfully I'm the kind of person who thrives on about 4 hours of sleep a night.

    I wish you the very best of luck this school year and hopefully you'll have a blast while you're at it! :o)