NEW VIDEO: Book Talk and Books of the Week


A Book Talk is where you preview a book to the students in order to spark interest. I do a lot of book talks at the beginning of the year or whenever a class/level starts reading to build up reading interest and exposure to the library. After that, I sprinkle them in whenever I buy new books, or when I see a student reading an interesting book in class and want to talk about it, or when I’m reading a good book and want to share why I like it, etc. The Book Talk for today was about “Bart Quiere Un Gato,” a new book from TPRS Books. It is unique in that it is the first “Choose Your Adventure” style book among beginning language learner books. And “Books of the Week” is a browsing strategy that helps introduce students to more of our library. I usually pick a theme or author or format of book to celebrate so there is some range in the Books of the Week selections.

This week’s theme(s) was “pirates and seafaring books.”

I’ve written extensively about my Free Choice Reading Program at the link below, which also includes a pretty comprehensive catalog of books in Spanish for Spanish learners to build your library with.

And here are links to a series of essays on my reading program and the data it’s provided in my first year collecting reading records:


It cannot be stated strongly enough!!! Study after study has demonstrated that pleasure reading is the source of the vast majority of vocabulary and grammar development in any language, L1 or L2. It is such a blast to see them rip off all of these new words! Get your kids reading, teachers!!!

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