Musical Bookcases

The last couple weeks (before testing starts again!) we’ve had a LOT of fun with a new book selection activity I’m calling #MusicalBookcases.  It was a little crazy, super fun, & very kinesthetic! I really need to beef up our circulation numbers, aka, getting more books into the hands of kids. 


Here’s a sneak peek at how it was in action!

For Librarians and Teachers looking for how to do this in your school, more info coming soon on my professional blog!
Below is my eye-rolling & somewhat cringeworthy YouTube instruction “how to” directions for the kiddos. Even with that, I still lost my voice by the end the day today! Think about the “flipping the classroom” or library type of addition to the activity.


4 thoughts on “Musical Bookcases

  • January 30, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing this idea for the musical library; what a great way to get kids engaged with the books. I am sure that your students utilize your resources quite a lot! What a creative space! I’m going to keep stopping by to look for more fun ideas for kids/ youth.

  • January 31, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Thanks, Leesha! I’m so glad you like this idea. Please subscribe (sign up to be notified by email) to my professional blog — I will be posting soon there all the details about this activity. Cheers! ~Gwyneth

  • February 11, 2020 at 1:07 am

    This seems like a really amazing idea. I have a lot of ELL (English Language Learner) students in my school and its challenging to motivate them to choose library books BUT they really like music so I’m hopeful that this may be a way to engage with them. I wonder if it will be successful if I use music from their own languages! Anyway I’m excited to give it a try. Thank you for sharing this idea 🙂

  • February 11, 2020 at 9:51 am

    HI Cathy, thank you for your comment and what a great idea! Did I meet you at the BCTLA conference? I will be sure to add that to my blog post, when I get around to writing it. Standardized testing is in my life right now. Please consider subscribing (sign up to be notified by email) to my professional blog — I will be posting soon there all the teachery details about this activity. Cheers! ~Gwyneth

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