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Baxter, Kathleen A., and Marcia Agness Kochel. Gotcha!: Nonfiction Booktalks to Get Kids Excited About Reading. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 1999.
The authors emphasize the ease of breaking into booktalking. They provide extensive background on surefire titles, pinpointing just the right passages and pictures to captivate reader attention. Practical organization and preparation tips, along with lengthy bibliographies, complete this easily accessible work.

Bromann, Jennifer. Booktalking That Works. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2001.
Noted booktalker Jennifer Bromann shows you how in this new manual with step-by-step guidance, plus a collection of 50 booktalks that work. Practical chapters discuss what teens want; how booktalkers can choose the right books; booktalking basics; writing booktalks (including hints for preparing a booktalk when you don't have time to read all the books).

Bodart, Joni Richards. Booktalk!: Booktalking and School Visiting for Young Adult Audiences. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1980.
How to do it by one of the best. Writer of many books on the topic, Joni Bodart presents the basics to the art of booktalking.

Bodart-Talbot, Joni. Booktalk! 2: Booktalking for All Ages and Audiences. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1985.
A second book by the author of Booktalk!: Booktalking and School Visiting for Young Adult Audiences.

Littlejohn, Carol. Talk That Book: Booktalks to Promote Reading. Worthington, OH: Linworth, 1999.
Suggestions on the art of booktalking and the basics of what, why, when, where, and how. Included are booktalks for all ages with levels specified and suggestions on how to adapt them.

Articles
Baxter, Kathleen. "Booktalking Basics". School Library Journal. (June 1998) p. 70.
This article gives advice on the basics of booktalking addressing equipment needed, flexible attitude, and qualities of a good booktalker.

Baxter, Kathleen. "Unbeatable Booktalks". School Library Journal. (March 1997). p. 121.
Kathleen presents her views about booktalking in a classroom. She lists books and subjects that are of interest to students and suggestions on presentation.

Fullner, Sheryl Kindle. "Quickie Kamishibai Booktalks". Library Media Collection. (January 2003). p. 31.
Information on kamishibai, the Japanese method of storytelling with appropriate books for young adults and description of a kamishibai theater.

Minkel, Walter. " It's Polite to Point". School Library Journal. (October 1999). p. 37.
Suggestions for using PowerPoint computer software in the library with tips for booktalkers.

Osborne, Marcia. "Booktalking: Just Do It". Book Report. (Mar/Apr 2001). p. 23.
Presents the importance and impact of booktalking on students.

Websites
The BookTalker
Written by Joanie Richards Bodart, this site provides booktalks and resources and is updated and monitored regularly.

Booktalks: Quick and Simple
Booktalks, constantly updated, with additional tips, links, and indexes.

The ABC's of Booktalking
Marsha D. Broadway gives practical tips for preparing and presenting booktalks.

Young Adult Library Services Association Professional Development Topics: Booktalking
A list of resources that provide librarians with information and ideas on booktalking for young adults.