Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

Read Bio  
A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Book Talk Program

Arkansas author Maria Hoskins talks about her book, "Christmas Night on the Farm".

Book Talks

Purpose: #RISEArkansas Book Talks will help promote a positive reading culture in Arkansas by suggesting interesting books for students to read and encouraging them to become lifelong readers and learners. All readers are encouraged to participate and post their book talk with the hashtag.
Audience: Students in grades K-12 are the primary audience. Students are encouraged to do their own book talks and post the videos to social media using the following hashtag: #RISEArkansas.

Tips for a Great Book Talk 

  1. 1. Choose a young adult or children’s book that you read when you were a child. Be sure to pick a book that had a positive influence on you, and think about why it impacted you the way it did. 
  2. 2. Have the book with you when you record your book talk. You’ll want to show the book cover during your presentation.
  3. 3. Before recording, think about what you want to say. You might even want to write it down ahead of time. A good book talk makes listeners want to read the book, so avoid reading a script and speak from the heart.
  4. 4. Keep it short! The book talk should be less than two minutes, preferably a minute to a minute-and-a-half.
  5. 5. You don’t need fancy recording equipment. A smart phone works great.

Information to Include

  • State your first name and the name of the book and the author.
  • Start with a catchy phrase or interesting line from the book.
  • Give a brief overview of the book. Remember: Your entire book talk should be less than two minutes. If the book is fiction, describe the plot, but don’t give away the exciting moments. If it’s a nonfiction book, share something interesting from the text, but don’t give away all of the important facts.
  • State why you like the book and why it is important to you.
  • Then tell the viewers why they should read it. Have a catchy conclusion.
  • Encourage others in Arkansas to “rise and read” by posting their book talks and using the hashtag #RISEArkansas.
Next Steps: Share your book talk on social media. Be sure to use the hashtag: #RISEArkansas.
Be creative and have fun!

For more information, please contact:

Kathy Mascuilli, Literacy Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: 501-683-2922

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

Learn More

Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

Learn More


Learn More


Learn More