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Book Talks Matter

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Aug. 7, 2018, 9:49 a.m.

Books talks are a great tool to get kids excited about reading this school year! Start the year off with some of your favorite titles that they won't be able to resist.


Beginning on the first week of school, start off with 3 of your favorite titles. This is a great opportunity to model how readers share great reads with each other.


Boom Talk Essentials:

1. Title & Author

2. Why did you choose the book?

3. What were you thinking as you read?

4. How did your thinking change as a result of reading the book?

(Don't give the ending or exciting parts away)


One of my current favorite books is Who Would Win? by Jerry Pallotta. I chose this book because my four year old son cannot put it down! (Exciting, right?) As I read this book for the first time, I was thinking how great this expository text would be for encouraging young readers to make inferences. In addition, it is interesting and has great illustrations! After reading this book, I made an inference about who would win the battle between an orca and great white shark using the new knowledge that I added to my schema. Who do you think I picked?



Kelly Harmon and Randi Anderson

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