Build Better Booktalks (Video)

I recently had the chance to work with 100+ third-grade students on a literacy-themed project. Their teachers are immersed in some important conversations about passion-based reading, and trying some truly innovative things.

Our focus with students was on how to start a booktalk. And by “start” I mean we talked about how to absolutely CRUSH the opening of a booktalk. I’m not an expert on this, but I was definitely able to share what *not* to do!

During our time together, we also talked about how I would be sending a follow-up video that could be used to help students take their booktalks to the next level. keeping with that promise I’m sharing this 3-minute video. Feel free to share it with your students as well.

PS: We’ll be putting together our annual “Booktalk World Championship” soon. If you’re interested in receiving a sneak preview or possibly participating, enter your e-mail address in the blog subscription box. I will deliver updates straight to your championship-caliber inbox.

Special thanks to Jeffery Demars for all the video-production help and collaboration on this project.

Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy. 


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