SLJ Invites Readers to Submit 30-Second Booktalks

Booktalks are brief, in this case uber-brief, pitches to “sell” young readers on a given title. We invite readers to give it a shot, submit a stellar video booktalk for potential publication on and our social channels.

So many books, so little time. Thirty seconds to be exact.

School Library Journal (SLJ) is crowdsourcing 30-second booktalks, inviting readers to create and submit clips (see the below example) for potential publication on and our social channels, including YouTube.

(Sorry, publishers, this opportunity is for the librarians.)

Booktalks are brief, in this case uber-brief, pitches to “sell” young readers on a given title. The best ones use intriguing details of the plot, setting, and characters, without giving it away—no spoilers, please. 

By submitting to SLJ, you agree that the materials adhere to SLJ’s Content Standards as outlined in our Terms of Use, and you guarantee that:
● The content is your original work and does not violate any rights, including copyrights and rights of privacy or publicity, of any third party.
● Your content does not contain advertising.

Ready to submit? Email your submission or file-sharing link to with “30-second booktalks” in the subject line. The title of the book and author’s name should be in the first line of the message. Please include your name, job title, and institution, city and state.



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Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka is editor in chief of School Library Journal.

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