Come on in and recommend! OR….
It’s kinda like a low-tech YELP review for books!
Hey MHMS Kids, Check this Out!
This is a cool reading promotion that’s all about you! Come on into the Library Media Center and find a book you’ve read and liked. Even better, find a book you LOVED! Like you could even maybe read it again kind of love. Go to the display pictured….
How To: Grab a sticky note and write on the clipboard your book recommendation. You can sign your first name & your grade or just something like “an 8th grader”….I just want to make sure that the other kids reading YOUR note know that it was written by a fellow teen. Leave that book on the shelf, if there’s not enough room, just prop it up or find me or Ms. Bell to help you and feel the warm happy feeling you helped another kid read find a great book!
Don’t know what to write? Here are some suggestions:
I loved this book because…
This is a great read if you liked _______________(list a similar book)
This book was really: Funny, Scary, Romantic, Adventurous, Mysterious, Thrilling, Intense….basically insert any adjective that fits here!
Peel off the post it and stick it on the cover and as my Dad would say….
Thank you for your recommendation!
~Ms. Jones – Your Daring Librarian
Hey Teachers & fellow Librarians, Here’s the Easy How To:
This is reading promotion idea that’s inexpensive, low-tech, includes student voice, and I totally nabbed it from the amazing Librarian Tiff five years ago and I still love it! It’s kind of what you can call an oldie but a goodie. This can work at any time in a School Library or ELA Classroom.
I was inspired by Librarian tiff because she also does this in her School Library and created this amazing graphic below, made it Creative Commons, and gave it out to the world! I love beautiful signage that I don’t have to make myself! Because I’m kinda (occasionally) lazy.
(Grab the sign in several sizes from Tiff’s Flickr gallery)
I bought some colorful mini clipboards from Amazon & lined sticky notes. I already had the mini galvanized buckets of golf pencils – stole those from my PAC computer bank. This way kids don’t write ON THE books. Don’t judge me for being a little OCD and not wanting the pencil impressions on the front of a Library book!
The kiddo can write anything. “I loved this book because…” and sign it their fist name or just “an 8th grader” etc. My kids love seeing what other kids have read. Same idea, but in a low tech way, as my #BookDropLife & Instagram posts.
This way kids can recommend books to other kids and be heard. Simple. Easy. Effective. I think it’s really important to allow kids to feel like they have a voice in the Library Media Center and in our school. Participatory Librarianship.
Save the Stickies!
At the end of the year, when I put this display away, I always take the sticky note off the front of the book and paste it inside the front cover. So the next kid can open the cover, read the book blurb, AND the student recommendation.
I was inspired to create a NEW Speed Dating notation sheet for kiddos. Feel free to make a copy & use it!
Another reading promotion idea that I like to bring out around this time
of year is my VIP Key Readers. You can read more about that here….
What easy & inexpensive ways do you promote reading in your School Library or Classroom? Please share in the comments, Twitter, or Instagram ways you reach out to kiddos to get them to read?
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