While she gave a lot of advice, her basic book talk tips are:
- Select books that might not otherwise be selected. Pam suggests that you really don't need to book talk Twilight. Find the good books that kids don't know about.
- Read the book. Yes, many folks, including me, don't always read the entire book. I need to work on that and so do you!
- Keep the talk short. Her book talks were of varying lengths, but 4-5 minutes was about the amount of time she used.
- Don't give away the plot. Students want to be surprised. Let them.
- Have multiple copies available in the library. I need to work on this. It makes it hard at the middle school level where often, at the most, you only have two copies.
- Make sure the library staff, if relevant, knows which book you are talking. When students come in asking about a book, but have forgotten the title, it helps to know what they are talking about.
- Give the students a list (or a bookmark) of the books you book talk. Students need something to remind them of which books were presented.
- Beware of AR! Book talk books at varying levels.