want to make sure, every school librarian
who wants a copy of this, (Radical Reads), has a chance
to get it as soon as possible. We are considering having a special
section in the professional collection at headquarters including
all of Bodart's books"
Elizabeth Wrenn-Estes, Collection Development Supervisor, Denver
selects excellent books, and her booktalk synopses are well
crafted... Bodart has a lively writing style; her Booktalks really
hook the reader... a one-of-a-kind resource."
Diane Masala, Voice of Youth Advocates
is a very handy tool for busy teachers and librarians who
have little time to compose but want to hook readers with an enticing
Judy S. Richardson, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
librarian working with children and teens should find this
a useful resource. Experienced booktalkers will find enough inspiration
and ideas... to last for an entire year of programming. Inexperienced
booktalkers will benefit from the basic booktalking guidelines."
Caroline Shepard, Journal of Youth Services in Libraries
think it is excellent work! Anyone wanting to see
a sample of the great Booktalks (and also, discussion questions,
book report ideas, etc.) that are available in Joni's book, you
can see her booktalk for Breathing Underwater (included in Radical
Reads) at Alex
could have listened to Joni give Booktalks forever!
She's a professional and it shows."
instructor with so much knowledge of the subject and great
'spoke' to our LMS(Library Media Services) group at FSU(Florida
State University) and it was a real treat. I
gleaned so much and am now an avid user of her Booktalks, and
I learned about how to create my own with confidence
through her teachings."
Ashley, Media Specialist, Mandarin HS, Jacksonville, FL
is she coming back?"
In-service Workshop, Denver Public Schools
knows her area! Excellent handouts will help me attempt Booktalks
with my students."
real treat! I loved talking about books--what's more fun!"
excitement about YA literature is what I liked best"
booktalking demonstration was... so effective that I am going
shopping this afternoon!"
All day booktalking workshop, Gallup-McKinley Schools
you so much for coming here and presenting the 2 workshops. We
had so much positive feedback and your
presentations were right on
target. I thought you would love to see this message
I got from a librarian in
the Richmond area!
Fairfax Co. PL, Fairfax VA, 3/31/03
Katie and Co.
Beth Porter, Annie Stowe and I drove up to hear Joni Bodart
on Monday from Chesterfield County. Thank you so much for your
generosity in opening up her workshops to us outsiders. I learned SO Much
by listening to her. My level of enthusiasm about the real
reason for sharing books was given a real booster shot. I'm a
"quiet" teller - no bells & whistles, and love to hear someone who doesn't use a banana or a hat. In my dreams I'll ever be as good as she is! Wow! She is the perfect conduit from the book to the listener, a goal I've always aspired to...
Thanks again, Janet Baumgardner (Janet)
lady-- very approachable and kind--
really knew her stuff-- gave real life examples from her work."
is a great teacher who encourages creative expression."
Student course evaluations, Division of Library and Information
Science, College of Education, University of Denver
From School Library Journal
An excellent resource examining the "edgy, raw, and relevant"
in contemporary YA literature. The entries, arranged alphabetically
by title, include bibliographic information, suggested reading
and interest levels, and an extensive list of keywords that helps
describe each book's content. Other useful features are the brief
descriptions of the main characters and the lists of the book's
major themes, strengths, awards, and possible controversial elements.
Detailed booktalk and discussion tips and ideas, a well-written
and informative booktalk, and excerpts from reviews are provided.
The volume also includes valuable information regarding censorship,
dealing with challenges, and writing a rationale for selecting
a particular title as part of the curriculum. Multiple indexes
allow for easy access. The 101 selections, dating from 1994 to
2001, offer a balanced depiction of the literature and its authors.
This clear and incredibly well-organized source should be a part
of every public and school library's collection and will serve
both adults and teens.
Kimberly L. Paone, Elizabeth Public Library, NJ
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