SLJ: August 1, 2007
True confession: I was never a good booktalker.
I did it at every level. I spent a week quickly reading or re-reading 10 or so books around a theme, around a genre, the new titles. I'd talk passionately about each one. At the end of the period or block, all 25 students were motivated to read at least one of those ten titles.
So it worked? Not so much.
When the grabbing was over, the waiting lists began. Then the next class arrived. . .