October 24, 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.
My copy of Pete The Cat came in on Friday and I took it home to Leah, my 3 year old. I KNEW this would be a book that she would love! I was right. She hasn't put it down since. She is even planning a Pete the Cat Halloween costume. She is such a reader! She memorize entire books- and then months later can retell it- word for word. She reads with expression- if you didn't know, you would think she was really "reading" the words. I wonder if I have an early reader on my hands? This just shows what happens to kids when they are surrounded by books, read to and see people read. This is Leah reading Pete the Cat last night. What books do your kids love?  Have you found that your 2nd child readers sooner than your first?


  1. Adorable! Interesting that around minute 1:13, the pages stuck together and she realized the words she was saying weren't the words that went with that spread.

  2. My first review, I mean booktalk, in a long time! Because the book is so good!

  3. This video clip has made me smile (and is bound to make me smile the entire day). I have a feeling the words "I love my red shoes, I love my brown shoes" would be ringing in my ear all day. Soooo lovely! I have a nine year old and I would frequently video-record her reading aloud as well. She's into Goosebumps lately - and a bit of Jerry Spinelli on the side. :)

  4. Can you tell I am out of the habit of posting? I posted "Two Novels in Verse--Hidden and May B." but forgot to add @ChocolateAir. Ah well.

    My youngest (in kindergarten) loves books by Kevin Henkes. Her favorite is Kitten's First Full Moon. This week she has been reading a lot of Pigeon books (Mo Willems).

  5. Okay, seriously adorable! She and my Turkeybird need to get together for a readathon, that would be so much fun!

    My daughter actually loves books, but has no interest in reading them herself just yet. She just likes being read to. Where my son was reading at 18 months. So who knows? Kids are so different. But I do know they love books because we have them in our home...makes a huge difference and I'm grateful we have the ability to have them here. :o)

  6. Love the video! Of my 3 sons (now 17, 14, 11), my 2nd was the earliest reader... now the oldest is the one who reads the most for pleasure, and my youngest would like to NEVER read at all! They've all grown up surrounded by books and a reading/writing mama. I think it is just highly individual, depending on child's personality.

  7. Book Talk Tuesday is a great idea! I'll help spread the word.

  8. My daughter learned to read at the same age I did--6 1/2. She's all grown up now, but as a beginning reader she loved Kevin Henkes, especially his Julius, the Baby of the World.

  9. My kindergartners loved Pete the Cat also. Now some of them want to sing every week.

  10. I love how leah reads,
    I love how leah reads,
    I love how leah reads!

    Tell her thank you from me, please. It was like being in a storytime!