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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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Book Talks

Book Talks From Past Seasons
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.

See Book Talks for Spring 2004

Please note: These titles are featured Book Talks from past seasons and may not be available at your school's Book Fair. You may find titles available online in The Scholastic Store or at your local bookstore.

These Book Talks are in rtf format so you can download them and edit them in your word processor.

Grades K-3

Goin'  Someplace Special Funny Frank It Came From Beneath the Bed Rap a Tap, Tap —Think of That!
Goin' Someplace Special
by Patricia McKissack
Funny Frank
by Dick King-Smith
It Came From Beneath the Bed
by James Howe
Rap a Tap, Tap —Think of That!
by Diane & Leo Dillon
Giggle, Giggle, Quack Judy Moody Predicts the Future    
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
by Doreen Cronin
Judy Moody Predicts the Future
by Megan McDonald


Charlie Bone and the Time Twister Midnight for Charlie Bone A Week in the Woods Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs
Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
by Jenny Nimmo
Midnight for Charlie Bone
A Week in the Woods
by Andrew Clements
Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs
by Betsy Hearne

Grades 4-8

Don't You Know There's a War On? The Thief Lord A Single Shard Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Don't You Know There's a War On?
by Avi
The Thief Lord
by Cornelia Funke
A Single Shard
by Linda Sue Park
Crispin: The Cross of Lead
by Avi

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.