Book Talk

The ultimate goal of our Book Talk program is to inspire kids to read, train them how to read actively, improve their creative writing and public speaking skills as well.

A book talk is an energetic discussion about a book read within the classroom, a group of friends or family members. It is very common that kids cannot answer a simple question such as 'What the book is about' or 'What is the story line' even after hours reading on the couch. This is called passive reading. Kids pay little attention to identifying and remembering the main ideas, and hence feel little engagement with the reading. How to turn a passive reader to an active one?  During and after reading, the reader needs to be involved in repeated questioning, critiquing, re-examination and development of ideas within the literary text they just digested. The benefits of active reading include: more efficient reading and studying, greater concentration and focus while reading, improved understanding of key information.

Our book talk program is specially designed for younger kids at Grade 2-4 with the goal to help them become active readers and creative writers.  Every kid is required to prepare a speech about the book they read. Therefore, they need to read the book actively. Meanwhile, our Book Talk program also encourages kids to re-write some plots of the book using their creative thinking, so that kids will become more active in their reading.

Our teacher

D.Loyd is a children’s educator, author and storyteller. As an E.C.E. professional for over 30 years, she has extensive teaching experience with children of all ages and abilities. Deb is also trained in theater arts and understands the importance of igniting the creative spark in children. She is passionate about encouraging kids to explore their imagination through creative writing and telling their stories.

As the past owner of “Dramantics”,  a drama school for children, Deb inspired many young actors to perform skits they wrote themselves. Building self-esteem was always the goal and she took great pride in helping children learn to express themselves with confidence and clarity.

As a storyteller,  Deb is thrilled to share her children’s audio CD entitled “Deb’s Story Time  adventures” with kids and their parents. These original stories entertain as well as nurture a child’s imagination.

She is the founder of the “Enlighten Up” series of workshops and continues to be excited about sharing her ideas with academic and corporate audiences everywhere. As a professional speaker and humorist, Deb inspires people to laugh more and rediscover the joy of life!


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