Nothing says "I want to read that" more than making connections between teens and books. It's kind of like buy-in....you have to put something they can relate to into a booktalk to make that connection. And when that happens, you better stand back and let the stampede begin!
When I booktalk I always try to make sure there's a personal connection to the book that's interesting or even anecdotal. And you can do this many ways...through a picture, a video, a story, interesting facts...anything.
So here are some books I've booktalked and how I tried to connect them to teens:
Connector: mention the movie Me Before You...enough said.
Connector: Ever dangled your foot beside your bed at night? Especially after watching a horror movie?
Connector: Let them show off their knowledge by asking them who the most famous Ceasar was of all time. Then mention a salad was named after him followed by the true story of the ceasar salad. Corny joke, but that's how I roll
Connector: What exactly are Pokemon? No, they aren't cute card characters, they are deadly WEAPONS! (this plays nicely into the "demons" the characters can manipulate)
Connector: Give them the history of unsolved murders like the Black Dahlia (but not too much detail).
Connector: Because I'm half-Asian, I tell them some folktales my mother told me and my sisters like the Peach Boy. And I also ask them if they've ever seen The Ring or The Grudge...
Connector: Ask people who do NOT have allergies to raise their hands. Then ask those who do and ask if anyone has an unusual allergy
Connector: tell them the story about Amanda Knox. Make sure they know this is a true story.
Connector: I start this one out by saying this is a story about two men who have witnessed and seen something no other man has lived to tell about. Then I show them what real waves look like via Youtube because the kids are a bunch of landlubber North Texans and don't understand life by the sea.
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Connector: do you really have to ask? The cover itself is enough to catch their attention...or at least the attention of comic book and Marvel fans! Comic books aren't just for nerds, and regardless, we will embrace our nerdiness anyway :)
film clips of Stan in Marvel movies (start at 12:48)