Booktalk for A BABYSITTER’S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING BY Joe Ballarini

Kelly doesn’t believe in monsters under the bed. Obviously. She’s an ordinary 8th grader with a best friend, secret crush, and dreams of being cooler in high school. She’s trying to save up enough money to go to a sleepaway camp. That’s the only reason she takes this babysitting job, her first ever, on Halloween. She doesn’t even like kids. Read More …

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 …

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 …