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.