What others are saying about the website:

'Talking' Books Creates a Hook! Article by Sharon Cromwell Education World®

"I have just visited your web page and wanted to let you know that it is a wonderful resource.  I appreciate the time and effort it took you to create
it and your generousity in sharing it."   GA

"Thanks for giving us your web site.  Lots of valuable help and I so appreciate not having to reinvent the wheel everytime I need a booklist." Texas

"Thanks so much for the wonderful Booktalk you posted for my book.  Booktalks is a wonderful resource and I'll be sure to mention it when I present to teachers." Author

"I actually had the pleasure of reviewing your Booktalks site...loved it, and recommend it every chance I get!"  CT

"just checked out your booktalking website and terrific compilation of reading lists!  What a wealth of information!!   I've bookmarked it for easy reference!" Texas

"I just recently discovered your excellent site.  I hope you are keeping  it up.   Anyway, I really just wanted to say thanks for creating and maintaining
such a wonderful and useful site.  I plan to share it with as many of my colleagues as will stand still long enough." NY

"Nancy, what a great site!. I am a new K-8 librarian and am madly reading, reading, reading to be ready for fall. I was getting bogged down preparing my booktalks at the same time, however, and thought there must be some solution online. I am soooo grateful to you. Kudos!" OR

"Your Web site is a GREAT help to me!  I run a monthly book discussion group for 5th to 8th graders and booktalk 3 to 4 books each meeting to help them choose books for upcoming discussions.  Often, after voting, many of them sign out the books that were not chosen because their interest has been sparked.  Thank you for a wonderful resource!" NH

"I have just found your website with the book talks and I could not be more excted.  I will be a 4th year teacher and am going into my second year of lang arts.  My first year was hard and I wished to be able to share more books with kids but I could not find the time to read.  While they loved to do booktalks, they often read the books the other's recommended and so booktalks eventually grew less and less.  Your site was created with such a strong ideal, I am pleased you were able to use your friend's booktalks to help others; what a rememberence.  I will be sharing your site with 12 others in my education masters cohort tomorrow and also with our district media coordinator who does fabulous booktalks from the heart.  I am sure you will have many more to add to your site!" IL

"I just found your site today, and I am thrilled it is available.  Thank you for all your hard work in putting together such an outstanding resource.   I wanted to let you know that I will be adding a link from my website to yours, provided that is still ok with you.  Also, I am wondering if you accept booktalk "applications" written by students.  I have wanted to begin a database of our own, but now that I have found yours, I know students would find being "published" on your site much more worthwhile.  I am always looking for a "real" audience and for multiple ways to authenticate students' writings." IN

" I just discovered your website recently, and I have to say I love it.  What a fabulous resource!" OH

"Thank you so much for developing this site.  It's good people like you that make a difference." OR

What they're saying about the books:

"This handy guide will lead teachers, librarians, and students to a diverse, quality selection of books that builds literacy, generates enthusiasm for reading, and reflects the middle-school curriculum." School Library Journal

"This author has made a valuable contribution with her well-written booktalks, learning ideas, and choices of books to use."  Booklist

"Librarians also could use these titles when looking to acquire excellent new literature. Teachers and librarians alike will benefit from adding these titles to the professional shelves. "  Library Talk

Workshop comments:

"I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your presentation last week at the conference.  You seemed surrounded after you finished so I didn't have a chance to tell you then.  Your booktalks were very helpful (as well as entertaining!)" NH

"Wow.  I'm exhausted.  How Nancy can keep up the pace through the workshop is beyond me.  I now have lots of new books to choose from!"  MA

"Nancy obviously loves what she's doing.  It's contagious."  MA

"What a wonderful presentation.  She knows what she's talking about."  NH

"This is the third time I've been to a workshop given by Nancy.  She never lets me down."  NH

"I wasn't sure what to expect.  I got more than I could imagine."  NH

"I would recommend this workshop to anyone who wants to know what's new in children's lit."  MA

"I've used the website for years.  It was a real treat to meet Nancy in person." NY

"A lot of book talks!  Great to hear about so many and well described.  Amazing how she fit so many in."  NH

"I was amazed at how much Nancy knew about each and every book."  NH

"Keane's encyclopedia knowledge of the names and characters in the many books!"  NH

June 2005