Booktalks

Inspire students to read with these short, engaging, and enthusiastic booktalks for children's books

Booktalks

Booktalking is one of the most effective way to get kids reading.  Entice young readers to open a book … engage their interest … invite them into a story.

You are free to use these booktalks in a live verbal presentation without express permission or acknowledgement. You may either quote them word-for-word, or excerpt or adapt them any way you like. Be creative -- make these booktalks your own and add them to your repertoire!

NEW Video Booktalks

chasing vermeer video booktalk, play videoNow you can watch quick video versions of booktalks performed by Scholastic staff members. They're a fun, visual way to get your students excited about reading.

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Absolutely Maybe
Absolutely, Positively Not
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  • Adaline Falling Star
    After Ever After
    Airhead
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  • Airhead #2: Being Nikki
    Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians
    Alcatraz Versus the Scrivner's Bones
    Aldabra, the Tortoise Who Loved Shakespeare
    Alec Flint, Super Sleuth Mystery #1: The Nina, the Pinta, and the Vanishing Treasure
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  • All Shook Up: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley
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  • All the Broken Pieces
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  • All the Stars in the Sky: The Santa Fe Trail, Diary of Florrie Mack Ryder
    Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day
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  • Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: #2 The New Girl
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  • Allie Finkle #3: Best Friends and Drama Queens
    Amalee
    The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
    Amelia’s War
    Amulet Book 1: The Stonekeeper
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  • Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio
    Aquamarine
    The Arrival
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  • At Her Majesty’s Request
    At the Crossing Places
    Avril Crump and Her Amazing Clones
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    B
    Back to the Divide
    Bad, Badder, Baddest
    Bat 6
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  • Beast
    Behind the Mountains
    Being
    Birdland
    Birdwing
    The Black Belt Club #1: Seven Wheels of Power
    Black Hands, White Sails
    Black Rabbit Summer
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  • Blister
    Blizzard!
    Blue Mountain Trouble
    The Blue Roan Child
    Bluish
    Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally)
    Bone: Rose
    Book of Everything
    The Book of Time
    The Book of Time, Book Two: The Gate of Days
    Book of Tormod: A Templar's Apprentice
    Born Confused
    The Boy Who Dared
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  • Bounce
    Box Out
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  • Breakfast at Bloomingdale’s
    Built to Last
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    C
    The Calder Game
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  • Call Me Maria
    Candy
    Canned
    Carlos Is Gonna Get It
    Catching Fire
    Charlie Bone and the Beast
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  • Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors
    Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy
    Charlie Bone and the Shadow
    Chasing Lincoln's Killer: The Search for John Wilkes Booth
    Chasing Vermeer
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  • Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy, Book 1: The Singer of All Songs
    Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy, Book 3: The Tenth Power
    Children of the Lamp Book One: The Akhenaten Adventure
    Children of the Lamp Book Two: The Blue Djinn of Babylon
    Children of the Lamp Book Three: The Cobra King of Kathmandu
    Children of the Lamp Book Four: The Day of the Djinn Warriors
    The Christmas Doll
    Clem’s Chances
    Click
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  • A Coal Miner’s Bride
    Crackback
    Crashing
    Crossing to Paradise
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  • Crystal Mask (Echorium Sequence)
    A Curse Dark as Gold
    Cyberia
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    D
    The Darkest Evening
    Darkside
    Darkside Book Two: Lifeblood
    Daughters of the Sea: Hannah
    Dawn
    Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States
    Dear America: Look to the Hills
    Dear Miss Breed
    Deep Down Popular
    Deliver Us from Normal
    Desperate Journey
    Destroy All Cars
    The Devil’s Toenail
    Dirty Liar
    Distant Waves
    The Divine Wind, A Love Story
    Does My Head Look Big in This?
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  • A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray
    Dog Lost
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  • Doom Machine
    Downtown Boy
    The Dragon’s Son
    Dragons of Wayward Crescent: Gruffen
    Dragonsdale
    Drawing Lessons
    Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie
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    E
    Elijah of Buxton
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  • Ellie Chronicles Book 1: While I Live
    Elly: My True Story of the Holocaust
    Elvis and Olive
    Encyclopedia Horrifica
    Enter Three Witches
    Esperanza Rising
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  • Everybody’s Revolution
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    F
    The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas, Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars: Casebook No. 1
    Far From Normal
    Fat Camp Commandos
    Fat Camp Commandos Go West
    Fearless
    Fight Game
    Fighting Ruben Wolfe
    Find Where the Wind Goes
    The Fire Within
    Firefight
    The Firework-Maker’s Daughter
    First Person Fiction: Finding My Hat
    The Fish in Room 11
    Five Smooth Stones, Hope’s Diary: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1776
    Flight to Freedom
    For This Land, Meg’s Prairie Diary, Book Two
    Forbidden Forest: The Story of Little John and Robin Hood
    Forget Me Not: From the Life of Willa Havisham
    Freedom’s Wings: Corey’s Diary, Kentucky to Ohio, 1857
    A Friendship for Today
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  • Frontier Magic #1: Thirteenth Child
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    G
    The Game of Sunken Places
    Gatekeepers #1: Raven's Gate
    Gatekeepers #2: Evil Star
    Gatekeepers #3: Nightrise
    Gatekeepers #4: Necropolis
    Gentlemen
    Geronimo
    Getting the Girl
    Ghost Cats
    Ghost Ship
    Girl in Blue
    The Girl with the Broken Wing
    The Good Neighbors #1: Kin
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  • The Greatest: Muhammad Ali
    Green Angel
    Green Witch
    Greetings From Planet Earth
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  • Gregor and the Code of Claw
    Gregor and the Marks of Secret: Book Four in the Underland Chronicles
    Gregor the Overlander: Book One in the Underland Chronicles
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  • Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane: Book Two in the Underland Chronicles
    Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods: Book Three in the Underland Chronicles
    Grey Griffins 1: The Revenge of the Shadow King
    Grey Griffins 2: The Rise of the Black Wolf
    Grey Griffins 3: The Fall of the Templar
    Griffin's Castle
    Gully's Travels
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    H
    Half-Human
    Hard Hit
    Harlem Summer
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  • Harry Houdini
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray
    Heartsinger
    Here Lies Arthur
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  • The Heavenly Village
    The House on Falling Star Hill
    Hidden Roots
    A Hive for the Honeybee
    A Hole in the World
    Home at Last
    Hope in My Heart
    Hotlanta
    How I Saved My Fatherís Life (And Ruined Everything Else)
    How to Say Goodbye in Robot
    How to Steal a Car
    The Hunger Games
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    I
    I, Freddy: Book One in the Golden Hamster Saga
    I Am the Great Horse
    Ibby’s Magic Weekend
    Ice Cream Con
    Icemark Chronicles #1: Cry of the Icemark
    Icemark Chronicles #2: Blade of Fire
    Icemark Chronicles #3: The Last Battle of the Icemark
    I Don’t Want to be Crazy
    Igraine the Brave
    In the Shadow of the Ark
    Indigo
    Inkdeath
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  • Inkheart
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  • Inkspell
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  • An Innocent Soldier
    Into the Mist
    Into the Volcano
    The Invention of Hugo Cabret
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  • Island of Hope: The Story of Ellis Island and the Journey to America
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    J
    The Jacob Ladder
    Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By
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  • Jinx on the Divide
    Johnny Hazzard
    The Journal of Augustus Pelletier, The Lewis and Clark Expedition
    The Journal of Ben Uchida, Citizen 13559, Mirror Lake Internment Camp, CA, 1942
    Julia Gillian (And the Art of Knowing)
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  • Julia Gillian (and the Quest for Joy)
    Julian Rodriguez Episode One: Trash Crisis on Earth
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  • Just Juice
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    K
    Kendra
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  • Kensuke’s Kingdom
    The Key to Rondo
    Keys to the Kingdom, Book 3: Drowned Wednesday
    Keys to the Kingdom, Book 4: Sir Thursday
    Keys to the Kingdom, Book 5: Lady Friday
    Keys to the Kingdom, Book 6: Superior Saturday
    The Keys to the Kingdom #7: Lord Sunday
    Kidnapped # 1: The Abduction
    The King of Slippery Falls
    Kiss Me Tomorrow
    Kissing the Rain
    Kringle
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    L
    The Lab
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  • Land of Elyon, Book 1: The Dark Hills Divide
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  • Land of Elyon Book 2: Beyond the Valley of the Thorns
    Land of Elyon Book 3: The Tenth City
    Land of Elyon Book 4: Stargazer
    The Last Book in the Universe
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  • The Last Dragon Chronicles #1: The Fire Within
    The Last Dragon Chronicles #2: Icefire
    The Last Dragon Chronicles #3: Firestar
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  • The Last Dragon Chronicles #4: The Fire Eternal
    Learning the Game
    The Legend of the Wandering King
    LightLand
    Lights, Camera, Amalee
    Lips Touch: Three Times
    A Little Friendly Advice
    Little Soldier
    Lucas
    Lucky
    Lush
    Lyonesse: The Well Between the Worlds
    Lyonesse Book II: Darksolstice
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    M
    Magic Pickle and the Planet of the Grapes
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  • Magic Steps (Circle Opens #1)
    The Magician Trilogy Book One: The Snow Spider
    The Magician Trilogy Book Two: Emlyn’s Moon
    The Magician Trilogy Book 3: Chestnut Soldier
    Malice
    Main Street #1: Welcome to Camden Falls
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  • Map of the Known World
    Marcelo in the Real World
    Martyn Pig
    Medusa Jones
    Melting Stones
    Message in the Sky: Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary, Book Three
    Midnight for Charlie Bone
    Midnight Magic
    Millicent Min: Girl Genius
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  • Mirror, Mirror: Twisted Tales
    Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher
    Montmorency and the Assassins
    Montmorency on the Rocks: Doctor, Aristocrat, Murderer?
    Montmorency’s Revenge
    Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
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  • Moon and Sun #1: The Ruby Key
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  • Moon and Sun #2: The Silver Door
    Moonlight Man
    Moribito II: The Guardian of the Darkeness
    Mosey
    Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
    The Mummy’s Mother
    Murder at Midnight
    The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie
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    N
    Never Mind the Goldbergs
    News for Dogs
    Nightsong
    No Man’s Land: A Young Soldier’s Story
    Notes From the Midnight Driver
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    O
    Oggie Cooder
    On Christmas Eve
    One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, Vienna, Austria to New York, 1938
    Operation Yes
    Ordinary Ghosts
    Our House
    Out of the Dust
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  • Out Standing in My Field
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    P
    Paint the Wind
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  • Pancakes for Supper
    P.S. Longer Letter Later
    Pemba's Song
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  • Perfect World
    Perloo the Bold
    Peter Raven Under Fire
    The Pity Party, 8th Grade In The Life Of Me, Cass
    Plastic Angel
    Poison
    Pray Hard
    Princess Plot
    Pure Sunshine
    Purge
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    R
    Raider's Ransom
    Raven of the Waves
    REM World
    Remote Control
    Reincarnation
    Riding Freedom
    Rissa Bartholomew's Declaration of Independence
    Road of the Dead
    Roanoke: The Mystery of a Lost Colony
    Roar
    Rover Saves Christmas
    Ruined
    Rules
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  • Running Back to Ludie
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    S
    Safe at Home
    A Sailor Returns
    Same Difference
    Samir and Yonotan
    Sandry’s Book (Circle of Magic #1)
    Sassy: Little Sister is Not My Name!
    Saving the Buffalo
    Scarlet Fever
    Sea Change
    The Season
    Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild, California Territory
    The Seeing Stone
    Shadow Life: A Portrait of Anne Frank and Her Family
    Shatterglass (The Circle Opens)
    Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars: The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas, Casebook No. 1
    Shiver
    Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York
    The Singer of All Songs: Book One in the Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy
    Sirena
    Skeleton Creek
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  • Skeleton Creek #2: Ghost in the Machine
    Slam Dunk
    The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley (Who Planned to Live an Unusual Life)
    Smiler’s Bones
    Smile
    Snail Mail No More
    So Totally Emily Ebers
    The Snow Spider, Book One in the Magician Trilogy
    Someday
    Song of the Sparrow
    Song Quest (Echorium Sequence)
    A Special Fate
    The Spell Book of Listen Taylor
    Spellfall
    Splintering
    St. Michael’s Scales
    Stanford Wong Flunks Big-time
    The Starving Times: Elizabeth’s Jamestown Colony Diary Book Two
    Stay Strong: Simple Life Lessons for Teens
    Stay True
    Stick and Whittle
    The Stone Goddess
    Storm Thief
    The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly
    Suite Scarlett
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  • Sunny Holiday
    Survival In the Storm
    Surviving Aunt Marsha
    Swindle
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    Tales from Outer Suburbia
    Talking in the Dark
    A Taste for Rabbit
    Tell Me What You See
    Ten Things I Hate About Me
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  • Ten Ways to Make My Sister Disappear
    Tentacles
    The Terrorist
    And Then Everything Unraveled
    The Thief Lord
    The Truth Cookie
    This Girl Isn't Shy, She's Spectacular!
    Tomorrow, When the War Began
    Traitor King
    Truce
    Tunnels
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  • Tunnels #2: Deeper
    Tunnels #3: Freefall
    Twelve Long Months
    Twice Upon a Time: Rapunzel, the One with All the Hair
    Tyrell
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    U
    Ulysses Moore: The Door to Time
    Up Before Daybreak: Cotton and People in America
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    V
    Valley of the Moon: The California Diary of Maria Rosalia Milagros
    Valley of the Wolves
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    W
    War Horse
    Waves
    Ways to Live Forever
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  • Westward to Home: Joshua’s Oregon Trail Diary Book One
    What I Saw and How I Lied
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  • Where Have All the Flowers Gone? The Diary of Molly MacKenzie Flaherty, Boston, Massachusetts, 1968
    Wherever Nina Lies
    Wilderness
    The Will of the Empress
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  • Wish
    Wishworks
    Wolves of the Beyond #1: Lone Wolf
    The Wright 3
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    Y
    The Year My Sister Got Lucky
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    Z
    Zen and the Art of Faking It
    Zen Shorts
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  • Zoobreak
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    11 Birthdays
    The 39 Clues #1: Maze of Bones
    The 39 Clues #2: One False Note
    The 39 Clues #3: Sword Thief
    The 39 Clues #4: Beyond the Grave
    The 39 Clues #6: In Too Deep
    8th Grade Superzero
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