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Non-Fic for Booktalks

December 27, 2007

Here are a couple of newly published titles which might interest young readers at your next booktalk. 

100 Marvels of the Modern World by Various

It’s kind of a hefty volume, but worth it’s weight in picturesque photos and fascinating facts about the world’s most amazing engineering marvels. From bridges, buildings, tunnels,  to dams every man made engineering feat from around the world is covered in this fascinating book.  Some of my personal favorites were Egypt’s Alexandria Library, The Ice Hotel In Sweden (you can connect this to Missy Elliot’s/Tweet video), and the Asahi Super Dry Hall in Japan 

99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim, and Tie your Shirt into Something Special by Faith Blackney et al.

I’m a Project Runway addict and thought this book would be fun for aspiring designers. And you know what? It totally is.  Like the title states, it’s 99 projects and patterns to turn a mundane t-shirt into a fabulous skirt or any other clothing article. You could also pair this book with Generation T: 108 ways to transform a T-Shirt by Megan Nicolay.



(Shepard Fairy’s Obey)

Sticker City: Paper Graffiti Art by Claudia Walde.

Ever notice that random sticker placed on the exit sign on the freeway? Well this book chronicles the artists who create the graffiti sticker art you may see all over your urban jungle. 


What if..? 75 Fascinating Questions and Answers by

This book is an easy crowd pleaser for boys and girls from 7th to 12th grade. Brought to you by it is a plethora of interesting and fascinating questions and their scientific answers.  For my booktalk I started off with the question “What if the Hoover Dam Broke?” and related it to the movie Transformers, where in the finale the evil robots threaten to blow up the Hoover Dam.   Other questions that tickled their fancy were “What if we had no eyebrows?” and “How would you un superglue yourself?”


Villainology: Fabolous Lives of the Big, the Bad, and the Wicked by Arthur Slade

A great book to bring along if you’re doing a booktalk around Halloween.  Slade takes a humorous look at some of the most meanest and creepiest Villains in history. (Real and fictional.)  Personal favorites included The Invisible Man(who apparently tried to date the Invisible women, but they were never able to find eachother), The Headless Horseman, and Mephastopheles.   You could also pair this book with How to Be a Villian: Evil Laughs, Secret Lairs, Master Plans, and More!! by Neil Zawacki, which shows you how to formulate your own villainous name, I’m Mistress DoomHeart.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2007 2:29 pm

    That villainology book looks great. I’ll definitely check it out. I’m happy to have found this site. I have my own book-reviewing realm of awesome. It’d be great if you’d stop by, but no need if you’re busy.

  2. Jolene permalink*
    January 2, 2008 9:26 am

    Hi Aella! Checked out your site, and you’re right it is a “book-reviewing realm of awesome.” Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  3. January 6, 2008 1:19 pm

    I always start my booktalks with nonfiction. I usually just hold up and show some pictures from a sports book and some kind of music book, like something about The Beatles. If it’s checked in, I always show Kurt Cobain’s Journals and flip through the book a little to show them it has images of the actual journals. It is *always* checked out without me even really talking about it.

    I also like to booktalk Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Letters From a Nut. CSI-type books and dream interpretation books are also popular and don’t require too much explanation. I recently read The Zookeeper’s Wife, and I will definitely be including it in my future booktalks.

  4. Jolene permalink*
    January 8, 2008 2:06 pm

    Hey Sheryl! Thanks for the suggestions. It’s funny how non-fiction is so much easier to booktalk to teens. I suppose it’s because it can appeal to both genders. I must remember to bring “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers,” sound really interesting and I need to check out The

  5. January 8, 2008 2:08 pm

    Oh yeah, I also like to booktalk A Child Called It because it is extremely popular and easy to find “good” scenes to read that interest the students. Stick Figure and The Burn Journals are good to for narrative nonfiction.

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