Book Talk Instructions


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What is a book talk?

A book talk is a great opportunity to share a book that has impacted you or expanded your horizons! Your talk should be brief (1-5 minutes).

How do I record a book talk?

  • Flipgrid is a free tool that allows you to easily record and share your video. Flipgrid videos can be no more than 90 seconds. Record your video at our Flipgrid page.
  • To create a longer video, use your phone/device and upload the video to YouTube. You can share your YouTube video with the Duluth Reading Without Walls community by posting it to social media using the hashtag #DuluthReads. If you’d like to share your video beyond UMD, add the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls.

What makes a good book talk?

Hold the book

  • Include your book in your video or talk.
  • Show potential readers what the cover looks like, and how big the book is.

Know the book

Give potential readers a sense of what the book is about and why they might be interested in it. Consider addressing these questions:

    • Why did you choose this book?
    • What are the themes and key plot points viewers should know about? Summarize this briefly.
    • Are there related or similar books you also recommend?

Read a short passage

  • Choose one of your favorite passages from the book to share to give potential readers a sense of the writing.
  • Read slowly and clearly.

Your voice matters

  • Your enthusiasm for your book is key.
  • Don’t be afraid to be yourself and share your perspective!

Adapted from Kittle, Penny. “Book Talk Essentials.” Book Love : Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers. Portsmouth, NH, Heinemann, 2013.