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I love the rainbow bookshelf idea. I have my cookbooks arranged this way at home, and one of my friends did it with a giant bookcase. This could make a fun surprise during the gray month of February or to open the school year before things get pushed around.
Whoever first thought of the speech and thought bubbles for books really nailed it. If you’ve got some shining stars hiding in your bookshelf, pull them out and give them a voice of their own.
Wrap your books in covers featuring the first line and see what intrigues your students. It’s a powerful writing lesson at the same time as it delivers dramatic hook value for readers.
Your top ten display could be the most popular reads in the classroom right now, the most popular books recommended by the outgoing class from the year before, the top most popular books in a certain genre, etc. But one thing is sure, that number one book is suddenly going to seem pretty irresistible.
I like this fun riff on the DVD rental boxes you see outside grocery stores these days. Catch students attention with a “Readbox” (free) rental stand of your own.
Ha ha ha. What coffee-loving student could resist “Starbooks?” What a brilliant idea from Pamela Smith.
Whether you decide to showcase book covers by class or just put everyone’s up together, I love this idea of visually presenting back to students what they are reading. Watch their interest grow as the bulletin board fills up throughout the year!
Banned books week is a great time for a fresh book display. Something about the teenage psyche is always going to be drawn towards books adults have decided, at some point, should not be read. Show them the power inside the pages by featuring some of your favorite previously banned books.
While I like the shiny positive style of this classroom library, my favorite thing about it is its VOLUME. Wow! Someone has been doing some serious curating, and their students are sure going to benefit.
The flexible seating craze has spread far and wide, and personally I think it has outside reading library written all over it. If there’s any possible way for you to drag an old couch into your classroom, pick up some poofs at Ikea, or throw giant pillows into a corner, the time is now!
This teacher features her book Hall of Fame straight across the top of her library. No student browsing for books will have a chance to miss THE MOST POPULAR titles. And frankly, isn’t that where we are going to hook most of our readers at first?
So cozy! What a friendly and inviting space. We focus so much on creating this type of space for our younger students, but really, does anything happen to them as they get older that suddenly they don’t enjoy beauty and comfort?
I like the label concept here. Dividing books into the realms of graphic novel, classics, dystopia, science fiction, etc. can help those focused on their favorite genres far more than alphabetical order. I notice many children’s libraries have bins devoted entirely to favorite authors or favorite themes (superhero books, etc.) to help kids easily select their favorites. Grouping in different fun ways could do the same for our older students. You could feature popular authors, styles of writing, and themes as well as genres. Maybe even change it up throughout the year.
So fun! So true! This display is simple but powerful.
While it may not suit everyone, I think the color theming here is really nice, and I love the concept of putting up a giant poster or piece of contact paper that makes it seem like your cozy reading corner is next to a plate glass window looking over some stunning natural scene. Scholastic reposted this from @thesuperhero teacher, who is always a great go-to for classroom visuals.
Well, that’s a wrap on our tour through Insta! Hope you’re feeling inspired to add a new element or display to your library this year.
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