Thursday, June 25, 2009

Nonfiction Book Blast at ALA: Booktalks for Reluctant Readers

I am busy searching for baby skunks and caterpillars this morning so I have nothing intellectual to say. But I do have an announcement.

If you're attending the ALA Conference in Chicago this year, be sure to come to this Sunday morning presentation. I'm one of the panelists, along with Anastasia Suen and others you see below. Even if you are not attending, you might want to check out the wiki for nonfiction booktalks to use in your classroom or library.

Nonfiction Book Blast: Booktalks for Reluctant Readers

Sunday, July 12, 2009
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
ALA Annual Conference, Chicago
Convention Center Room W181
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Track: Children & Young Adults; Literature & Collection Development

Despite the emphasis on fiction for leisure reading in schools, many reluctant readers are often more drawn to reading nonfiction. Expand your nonfiction repertoire as 18 authors booktalk their latest work.

Panelists include authors April Pulley Sayre (Vulture View), Kelly Milner Halls (Albino Animals), and CarlaMcClafferty (Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium), as well as many additional prolific or brand new authors. Their booktalks, plus new ones crafted by audience members, will be yours to take back home to excite your students about reading nonfiction.
Speakers: Anastasia Suen; JoAnn Early Macken; Jeri Chase Ferris; Gwendolyn Hooks and more.

I look forward to meeting INK readers at this event. Or drop by and chat during my book signings:

Sunday July 12, 2009

Henry Holt 2-3 pm

Sunday Charlesbridge 4-5 pm


Stephanie said...

I have found this to be true -- many children who are not naturally drawn to reading for pleasure do like to read for information. My son is definitely not a big reader, but he does like engaging non-fiction, especially nature books. By the way, April, I LOVE your nature books -- they are among my all-time favorites.

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