Book Talks: A simple way to boost summer reading
Summer is fast approaching, and for some schools, students may already be out. If you are still teaching, now is a great opportunity to motivate your students to read books that interest them over the summer. One way to do this is to have book talks.
To do this, you need to collect several books in a variety of reading levels to meet your students’ needs. Most importantly, choose books that you believe your students will be interested in. Perhaps you’ve noticed a trend in the genre of books they have been reading such as mysteries or realistic fiction. You can start with this as your base and check out books from your library that meet this trend. You may have already read a couple of them and have some copies. Having a variety of high interest books will help conduct your book talk.
Book talks simply reveal what several books are about without revealing too much of the plot. When you talk to your students about the books, show them the cover and make reading to the end of the book suspenseful. Many times students are not interested in books because they have not been exposed to books that interest them. Sure, they can easily read the back of a book, but sometimes students don’t take the time to do so.
To make book talks even more interesting, you can invite your students to do a book talk of their own on a current book they read that they think other students may want to read. The idea of a book talk is to let the audience know a little bit about what a book is about to entice them to want to read it. It is important to share a variety of books as the goal is to meet the variety of reading interests in your classroom. I highly recommend book talks over simply giving your students a recommended summer reading list. It will be sure to keep the reading alive!
About Ann Navarro
Ann has teaching experience working with elementary students in the areas of bilingual education, dual language, English as a Second Language, and Reading. Ann holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a Reading Specialist Concentration. She also has experience evaluating lesson plans for the Smithsonian Institution. In her spare time, Ann enjoys spending time with her family outdoors and reading.