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 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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About the author (2005)

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

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