September 19, 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.

In the midst of all this 1 Year Blog Birthday Hoopla, I almost forgot to post Book Talk Tuesday! Have you seen the awesome guest posts so far? Check them out:
LibLaura4 (AKA Laura Givens) Portrait of a Librarian as a Young Reader
MissOReads (AKA Angie Oliverson) Reading in Technicolor
Laurel Snyder, author of Bigger Than a Breadbox, Penny Dreadful, Any Which Wall: Books were my Salvation
Kirby Larson, author of The Friendship Doll and Newbery Award Winning Hatie Big Sky: Librarians & Chocolate Cake
Tomorrow will be Tom Angleberger & John Auxier, then Colby Sharp (AKA SharpRead), then one of my students, Addy Smith and finally The1stDaughter (AKA Danielle Smith). 
This week, when you leave a comment- tell us about your experience with guest blogging. Have you ever written a guest post for another blog? How did you change your viewpoint or style... or did you? Have you had guest bloggers? How do you pick them and how do you get them? Who is your dream guest blogger? Any suggestions or questions? Let 'er rip!

1.Magic Trash (NC Teacher Stuff)8.King Jack and the Dragon (A Curious Thing)15.Video Interview with Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
2.I'm a Shark by Bob Shea (sharpread)9.Shake Dem Halloween Bones (Picture Books & Pirouettes)16.Margaret Peterson Haddix and the Missing Series (pageintraining)
3.Trapped (ICPL)10.Two " Grippers" (Try Curiosity!)17.Miss Fox's Class Shapes Up (ontheshelf4kids/ Ellen Zschunke)
4.Winnie- The- Pooh, The Complete Collection (Read Aloud Dad)11.The Death of Yorik Mortwell: Middle Grade Reads18.If I Were President (Lauralee's Library)
5.When Life Gives You O.J. (Kidsmomo)12.10 Children's Books About Fall (Delightful Children's Books

6.Dog in Boots (Bigfoot Reads)13.A Few Blocks (The Cath in the Hat)  
7.Joey Fly, Sardine in Outer Space, Patrick, Wonder Woman (Lit Lad)14.I Want My Hat Back (Jen Robinson's Book Page)  


  1. Kelly, I'm loving these guests posts and looking forward to the rest! We've only written a couple guest posts, and they're quite different from our own because of the contrasting audiences (since we write for kids and our guests posts have been for adults). But we still tried to keep our wackiness and sense of humor evident in this guest post for Media Macaroni: Our next guest post is for the New Victory Theater in NY (not live yet), and it's more serious because of the more formal context. I'll share the link when it's posted! -Karen

  2. I haven't blogged this week but wanted to join in the fun, so I posted something from around Halloween time last year. It mentions a couple good Halloween picture books, including one with a dance theme. As for guest blogging, that is awesome that you were able to line up so many great guests! I've only done a few guest posts. One was on dance picture books, which is similar to my regular blog, but the other two were on picture books unrelated to dance. So it was fun to branch out a little. Karma Wilson is actually promoting a new book right now (Bear's Loose Tooth), and she is doing a bunch of guest blogging. I think she is going to do a short guest post on my blog about a dance-related book she wrote a while back...and then mention her new book, too. Hopefully it will pan out. If it does, that will definitely be a dream guest blog come true!

  3. I haven't written for any blog other than this one and my own. Being a part of Book Talk Tuesday has been a great experience for me! I've found some wonderful blogs through this site :-)

  4. I haven't been a guest blogger yet, but I'm certainly open to the experience. I guess I should give it a try.

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