Booktalk for NEVERMOOR: THE TRIALS OF MORRIGAN CROW by Jessica Townsend

Due to the unfortunate day of her birth, Morrigan Crow is destined to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. And while she lives, she’s a curse. Anything that goes wrong in Jackalfax—hail storms, heart attacks, ruined batches of marmalade—they’re all blamed on her. It’s a lonely life. Nobody wants to be in the same room with her, for fear of something Read More …

Booktalk for THE DRAGON WITH A CHOCOLATE HEART by Stephanie Burgis

Aventurine is tired of being kept cooped up in her family’s mountainside cavern. She won’t be allowed outside until her scales harden…in another 30 years. Aventurine is a young dragon, and most young dragons spend their early, quiet years learning everything they can about some subject that interests them. Aventurine’s older sister mastered twenty languages and wrote epic poetry. Her Read More …

Interview with author Dan Elish

THE SCHOOL FOR THE INSANELY GIFTED: Daphna, age 11, is a highly gifted composer who attends the Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted in New York. When Daphna’s mother disappears while flying an old biplane, Daphna can’t shake the feeling that there was more to her mother’s disappearance than a simple accident. A hidden map launches Daphna and her friends Harkin Read More …

Focus on Nonfiction: Interview with Author Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson writes nonfiction (mainly science) books for kids and young adults. In my first year doing booktalks, I shared her book WHEN LUNCH FIGHTS BACK: WICKEDLY CLEVER ANIMAL DEFENSES at elementary schools. Fifth and sixth graders were simultaneously awed, disgusted, and intrigued when they heard that fulmar chicks ward off predators by vomiting on them. (The chicks can hit a moving target from 6 feet away — how cool Read More …

Focus on Nonfiction: Interview with Author Elizabeth Rusch

Elizabeth Rusch is the author of numerous acclaimed nonfiction titles for youth, with topics ranging from volcanoes and asteroids to the invention of the piano. I discovered her books several years ago with THE MIGHTY MARS ROVERS, which I loved for its clarity and strong storytelling. I am delighted that she has agreed to share her perspective on writing nonfiction for kids. How did you get started Read More …

Best of 2017 Booktalks

I am just about to launch into my new spring booktalk season, but before I do, I want to share a list of superstar titles from booktalks in 2017. There are 18 titles here, drawn from the 72 books I used in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classes during the year. These were the books the kids got most excited Read More …