February 22, 2018

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Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer | 30-Second Booktalk

Welcome to the 30-Second Booktalk, a series of videos featuring great (and ultra brief) mini-booktalks to be used by librarians and educators to grab the attention of middle grade readers. This month, we highlight one of SLJ‘s Best Books of 2015, Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones, illustrated by Katie Kath.


Have a great idea for a 30-Second Booktalk? Email it to kparrott@mediasourceinc.com.

Kiera Parrott About Kiera Parrott

Kiera Parrott is the reviews director for School Library Journal and Library Journal and a former children's librarian. Her favorite books are ones that make her cry—or snort—on public transportation.

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  1. Loved this! Is there anything like this for elementary school?

  2. Lori Roberts says:

    Loved this. We are from a small community on the Western Slope where many of our younger kids probably have an older sibling in Ag. Imagine an Ag or Fair project with Super Powered Chickens. : )

  3. Thanks Kiera! That was really great!

  4. Anne Friederichs says:

    I love this title! Great for mid-to upper elementary school ages and I think certain passages would read VERY well aloud!

  5. Loved the 30 second book talk. By the way, Kate Klise’s name is pronounced with a long i, like vise.

  6. Kiera Parrott Kiera Parrott says:

    Thanks, everyone! This was a blast to make. Those of you who know me know my deep appreciation for books with chickens. And thanks, Karen, for the heads up on the proper pronunciation of “Klise.” I will never forget that!

  7. Morgan Chapman says:

    What a wonderful idea! I have students booktalk to their peers, and they often go over 30 seconds! I am going to have them record some to send in!