Teacher's Guide to Book FairsTeacher's Guide to Book Fairs
What is a Book Fair?
Make the Most of Your Fair
What Is a Book Fair?
Classroom Wish List
Book Talks
Author Video
Reading Jamboree
Quiet-Time Activities
Curriculum Connections
Featured Books
Kids Are Authors
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Authors & Books
Our Authors and Books section is filled with discussion guides for may of the books you'll find at the Fair.
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What Kids Are Reading
Students can share what they are reading and discover new books based on other kids' recommendations.
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Book Talks

Book Talks Will Get Your Students Reading!
Are you looking for a way to excite your students about books and reading? Try one of these Book Talks — they're a great way to highlight books that students may not find on their own.

Book Talks Archive
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Grades K-3

Giant Children Geronimo Stilton: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye    
Giant Children
by Brod Bagert
Geronimo Stilton:
Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye

by Geronimo Stilton


The Spiderwick Chronicles #2: The Seeing Stone Hank Zipzer: The Day of the Iguana    
The Spiderwick Chronicles #2: The Seeing Stone
by Holly Black
Hank Zipzer: The Day of the Iguana
by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

Grades 4-8

Flight To Freedom      
Flight To Freedom
by Ana Veciana-Suarez

Book Talk Tips  

Selecting Books

  • Select books that you feel enthusiastic about.
  • Choose titles that would appeal to the interests of your students. Adventure and mystery titles are always a hit!

Beginning Your Book Talk

  • Tell students the authors' and illustrators' names.
  • Explain the setting of the story and who the characters are.
  • Summarize the beginning of the plot.

Making It Exciting

  • Select an amusing or exciting part of the book to read — but don't give the ending away! The goal is for your audience to want to run out and read the book!
  • Read with inflection or use different accents for each character.
  • Wear a costume or hat that ties to the theme of the book. Add props or refreshments that tie to the book — kids love visuals and snacks.

Great Ways to Use Book Talks

  • Use a Book Talk as an introduction to a literature study.
  • Coordinate with another teacher to have older students do Book Talks for younger students.
  • Invite someone from the community: mayor, firefighter, police officer, or community business leader to give Book Talks on their favorite books.