November 6, 2011

Book Talk Tuesday (Very Early)

 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.
Pro-Cras-Ti-Nation. That is an ever present thing for me. If it wasn't for the last minute, I wouldn't get anything done. Seriously. Book Talk Tuesday, for example. Last week, I knew it had to be done, but I waited and I waited- and before I knew it, I was 24 hours late. Then, I felt guilty. Then I had to apologize to all of my loyal readers who missed it. Then I ended up with 8 lovely posts (lovely as they were, it was only 8.) That is what procrastination does to me on a daily, hourly basis. Then, today, I saw this video. This video explains that we procrastinate because we don't care about our future selves- so what if future Kelly has to bust her but to get Book Talk Tuesday posted tomorrow- present day Kelly is havin' a blast. The video explains that you have to fight the urge to blow off the future you- and feel bad for her (or him) so that you might actually get things done before you have to. I am going to work very hard at thinking about thinking this week- and trying to NOT procrastinate. I did the dishes early today (before dinner) and I am posting BTT now, 2 small steps for mankind, 2 huge steps for me.... future Kelly. Watch this video and let me know your reaction. Do you procrastinate? How do you avoid it?

No Dogs Allowed! (Bigfoot Reads)9.The Abandoned Lighthouse (NC Teacher Stuff)17.Seasons (A Curious Thing)
2.When Blue Met Egg10.Mattei Book Bits18.Margo@ Fourth Musketeer (Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea)
3.Cheryl Rainfield, review of picture book Three By the Sea by Mini Grey11.The Jellybeans and the Big Dance (Picture Books & Pirouettes)19.Blueberry Queen (Flowering Minds)
4.The Caboose Who Got Loose: Phenomenal Picture Books (Read Aloud Dad)12.The Monster Who Did My Math by Danny Schnitzlein (There's A Book)20.Music Was IT (Wrapped in Foil)
5.Greg Heffley Takes Over Anderson's Bookshop13.Playing by the book21.How to Rock Braces and Glasses (Kidsmomo)
6.Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow (liblaura5)14.Picture Book- a- day Week #1 (Try Curiosity!)22.Sky Boys (Teach Mentor Texts)
7.A Pet for Petunia (Jen Robinson)15.Deb Marshall-I Put a Spell On You23.You're next!
8.The Kid with the Red Juice Mustache (Our Time in Juvie book reviews)16.Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes (Adele @ Baja Greenawalt's Cozy Book Nook)  


  1. I’m a huge procrastinator. I don’t fight it. I just spend a lot of time feeling guilty.

    This week’s link is a picture book with very few words.

  2. What a great video! Fab!

    Read Aloud Dad

    PS: I postponed so many important things to watch it

    PS: Just kidding!

  3. I'm trying very hard not to procrastinate. :)

  4. Procrastinate? Who, me?

    Thanks again for hosting Book Talk Tuesday! Our contribution this week is a review of a book of funny, relate-able kids' poetry by author Erik Korhel, and the illustrations are great! Let us know what you think. (We like comments too.)

    -Jenny and Ruby
    Our Time in Juvie (book reviews/recommendations)

  5. Hi, Kelly. I also procrastinated and now know I won't have time to post something new for this Book Talk Tuesday. So I am posting something I wrote about this time last year. I also find that deadlines are very motivating for me. Without them, not sure how much I would actually get done :)

  6. I'm a terrible terrible procrastinator. It's awful! Love the video. Now to figure out how to combat myself. :oP

  7. Thanks for tweeting me a reminder. Time differences are my excuse for forgetting more than I'd like to!

  8. I almost commented last night. Decided to wait until today. Har har!

    Thanks for BTT!

  9. Thanks for all the tweets for weeks-- Finally linking up a review from my blog. Adele is a ten yr old student so hope it is okay for her post to be included.

    And I'm a sporadic procrastinator-- it seems to come in waves for me.

    Thanks for hosting!

  10. Procrastinator? Not so much as really busy. I once wrote a blog post in which I was interrupted more times than the number of words in the the published product. :-)

  11. Hi, Kelly! We don't have any traditional book reviews from this last week, so I posted a link to a post where we recommend HOW TO ROCK BRACES AND GLASSES by Meg Haston and also have a video and interview with her (plus a book giveaway). It's definitely beyond the kind of book review I normally post for Book Talk Tuesday, but it occurred to me that it's the sort of thing that might really get a kid excited to read a particular book. Anyway, that was my thinking. Feel free to remove the link if you feel it's too far afield from a traditional book talk!


  12. I'm late adding our link from Tuesday! Glad you are doing this to connect all these great blogs together! Our review on Tuesday was a great non-fiction picture book about the Empire State Building!