October 10, 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.

Oh my gosh! I am so late posting Book Talk Tuesday! With intervention groups this year, I just have no time! I even eat at my desk! This will be short and sweet.... I love Halloween! It is my Christmas. I don't decorate for Christmas, but I do for Halloween!  I have 2... yes TWO Halloween displays in the library this year!  Witches just might be my favorite...
Do you like Halloween? What is your favorite childhood memory from Halloween or what do you do with your own kids?  I just remember the plastic mask costumes I would wear.... so not fire retardant! The mask would fog up and I would get so hot! I remember getting oodles of candy! When I was a kid- you would get homemade treats! Caramel apples and popcorn balls! Mrs. Casklavka made the best popcorn balls and she only made them at Halloween. If someone gave my girls a homemade popcorn ball now, I would throw it away! Kids just don't know how great it was in the olden days!

1.Halloween books (Bigfoot Reads)8.Isabel's Car Wash (NC Teacher Stuff)15.Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend (Irene Latham)
2.Two Tami Lewis Brown Books (Ms. O Reads Books)9.Vicar of Nibbleswicke by Roald Dahl (Gathering Books)16.I Want My Hat Back (The Cath in the Hat)
3.There's A Book - Little Goblins Ten by Pamela Jane10.Kitt Pirate: Snaggletooth's Adventure17.The Spaghetti Detectives (Jen Robinson)
4.Room on the Broom (A Curious Thing)11.The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. (a to z library)18.Joyce Grant
5.Jeremy Bender vs. The Cupcake Cadets (sharpread)12.Corduroy (Flowering Minds)19.Tortilla Sun (Kidsmomo)
6.One Love by Cedella Marley13.Counting books for Halloween (Try Curiosity!)20.Mrs. Mattei
7.When I Grow Up (ontheshelf4kids/ Ellen Zschunke)14.Phenomenal Picture Books: The Little House (Read Aloud Dad)


  1. We’re celebrating Halloween in a big way this month. All the cryptids are going to share Halloween reading recommendations. The link I’m posting today for Book Talk Tuesday is my list. I scare easily, so my list has books that are funny. —Bigfoot

  2. My favorite memory of Halloween ... oh, that's a hard one. Could mention that we always cook dinner in a pumpkin (it's this strange hamburger and rice casserole but it tastes YUMMY) and I liked to paint a face on the pumpkin because as it cooked it would melt all funny. Or it could be the ginormous pumpkin my farmer grandpa grew for us one year. Or the costumes my mom made (three youngest kids in the family got gipped .... she wasn't as fond of sewing by then as she was with the first three ;]). Oh, or the year we were upstairs watching ... I think it might have been a Halloween Growing Pains when we heard my mom scream! Sadly she had just been bitten by a scorpion so that's not cool. But she survived. Or more recently when my niece (who's name is Winnie) came by the house dressed up as ... you guessed it. The Pooh Bear.

  3. I love Halloween! And I think I love it even more now that my kiddos are getting old enough to appreciate it. Makes it so much more fun! Though I do have to say that as a kid I still remember enjoying those popcorn balls...wow, the things we ingested back then. Haha

  4. My dad setting up a stereo system in our apartment building to make spooky noises. We lived at the top of the stairwell. You really wanted candy to come up to our apartment. Dad had a great sense of humor.

  5. Love halloween too, but Christmas remains my favorite time of the year. My memories of Halloween are tied to my daughter's home-made costumes: one year we dressed her up as a street urchin (complete with black garbage bag for headgear and empty cans stitched on her black patchy shawl), another year we dressed her up as a dryad - we had fun putting twigs, branches, leaves around her tie-dyed green wraparound; another year we had her go as a purple-themed gypsy with huge dangling loopy earrings and bangles and feathered stuff. now that she's nine, it's becoming increasingly difficult for us to be as imaginative. hehehe.

  6. I don't have a book to share this week, but I wanted to stop by and say hello an check out the posts. I'll be posting a few Halloween books in the next couple weeks, so I'll be back with those!

    I like Halloween a lot, too. My big dilemma these days is how do I take the kids trick or treating AND be at home to see all the cute kids who come to the door. I have really fond memories of my late teenage years--being the one at home giving out the candy and seeing all the precious faces waiting for a treat :)

  7. I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween. I love the fun but I hate the costume preparations. My kids always seem to go a little nuts about choosing just the right outfit, needing all kinds of fancy makeups, and what-not. Still, once the day arrives and we're all ready to go, it's a total blast.
    Happy Halloween, all!

  8. It's been two (yes TWO!) weeks since I've written a new book review to include in Book Talk Tuesday! But finally, the wait is over! :-)

  9. Halloween is my Christmas, too, but I've always felt guilty because of it! Glad to hear a kindred spirit. They are my favorite books to buy. Students love them too, and we are partial to Hallowweiner, Dav Pilkey,

  10. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. Love the crisp fall air, the pumpkins, the scary costumes. And they have to be scary! My daughter went through a princess/fairy phase but she eventually came back to goblins and ghouls. She's grown now so I have to make due with dressing up my pug. This year he he going to be a wizard.

  11. I can't keep track of all the book reviews I've shared for Book Talk Tuesday, so I went back into the archives this week for TORTILLA SUN.

    Regarding Halloween: I don't usually do much in the way of decorations or costumes. A few years ago I hosted a pumpkin-carving party, but it was a bit crowded in my little NY apartment. Now I leave the jack-o-lanterns to the experts -- like these guys: http://www.kidsmomo.com/2009/from-page-to-pumpkin-happy-halloween/