Gotcha Covered!: More Nonfiction Booktalks to Get Kids Excited about Reading

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Gotcha Covered! is a third book by popular presenter and former public librarian Kathy Baxter. Michael Dahl, children's author, adds his expertise as coauthor of the volume. Over 300 all new nonfiction booktalks for children K-8 are presented in the same enthusiastic tone as the first two successful books. The books make it easy for you to find the best in children's nonfiction books and offers concrete ideas for presenting them. Booktalks are organized according to topics popular to young readers, making it easy...

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Overview

Gotcha Covered! is a third book by popular presenter and former public librarian Kathy Baxter. Michael Dahl, children's author, adds his expertise as coauthor of the volume. Over 300 all new nonfiction booktalks for children K-8 are presented in the same enthusiastic tone as the first two successful books. The books make it easy for you to find the best in children's nonfiction books and offers concrete ideas for presenting them. Booktalks are organized according to topics popular to young readers, making it easy to search for titles that correlate to curriculum areas, topics, and units of study. It also includes tips on booktalking and a bibliography for collection development. Grade levels for books are cited.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"[T]his title presents more than 300 titles published since 2001. Titles range in interest and reading ability from third grade through middle school. Each thematically organized chapter concludes with a bibliography….Useful for professionals new to collection development, as well as support for nonfiction booktalks."

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School Library Journal

School Library Journal
Similar in scope to Gotcha! (1999) and Gotcha Again! (2002, both Libraries Unlimited), this title presents more than 300 titles published since 2001. Titles range in interest and reading ability from third grade through middle school. Each thematically organized chapter concludes with a bibliography. Missing is the useful introduction that appeared in Gotcha! on how to booktalk. In addition to offering great books culled from the Horn Book Guide, School Library Journal, and by word-of-mouth, the authors suggest booktalk themes, key passages to read aloud, exciting and intriguing images to share from the books, and background information about the subjects. Occasionally the writing seems an awkward mix of two voices-one that speaks directly to a youthful audience, and the other that addresses librarians or teachers. Useful for professionals new to collection development, as well as support for nonfiction booktalks.-Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591582250
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

KATHLEEN A. BAXTER served as the Coordinator of Children's Services in the Anoka County Library, for over twenty-five years. She has written "The Non Fiction Booktalker" column for School Library Journal since 1997. She has presented at hundreds of national and state library and reading conferences all over the country. Kathleen has also taught classes in children's literature, served on the 2001 Newbery Committee, consults for publishers, and now presents all-day seminars on children's books for the Bureau of Education and Research.

MICHAEL DAHL is the author of over 50 fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. He has twice won the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers for his nonfiction. Among his fiction, his Finnegan Zwake series was named among the five best mystery books of 2002 for children by the Agatha Awards. Dahl is a conference speaker on mysteries and children's nonfiction, and also conducts writing workshops for students. He is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and can be reached at dahl@mysteryworks.com.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii
Introduction: Searching for the Right Book xi
Chapter 1 Great Adventures, Disasters, Explorers, and Heroes 1
Disasters: Hanging by a Thread 1
High Adventure and High Seas 7
Surprise and Discovery: From Fossils to the Moon 9
Extreme Travelers 12
Bibliography 17
Chapter 2 The Natural World: Astounding Animals and Fascinating Science 19
Amazing Land Animals 19
Bugs and Creepy Creatures 28
Animals of Water and Air 33
Animal Discovery and Behavior 40
Fascinating Science 45
Bibliography 52
Chapter 3 A World at War, a World of Wonder 57
The Holocaust and World War 57
The Ancient and Modern Worlds 64
Bibliography 77
Chapter 4 American Voices 81
Making a New Country 81
America Keeps Growing 90
The African-American Experience 102
America Remembers 110
Bibliography 127
Chapter 5 Dreamers, Flyers, and Innovators 133
Artists and Musicians 133
Athletes and Daredevils 142
Inventors and Inventions 144
Seekers, Sailors, and Amazing Achievers 152
Bibliography 156
Chapter 6 Inviting a Dragon to Dinner: Poetry, Wordplay, and Telling Stories 161
Poems and Words at Play 161
Telling Their Own Story 169
Bibliography 172
Chapter 7 Freaky, Funny, Gross, and Cool 177
Gross and Gruesome 177
Food, Glorious Food 184
Martians, Wrestlers, Pets, and Potpourri 187
Bibliography 196
Acknowledgments 199
Author and Illustrator Index 209
Title Index 213
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