reading buddy bunnies

Back to my 2015 resolutions: I’m trying to take more photographs. We had children make paper snowflakes out of pages of weeded books last month, but I’m not sure if I remembered to take a snapshot or not. (I’ll check the camera tomorrow and update this post if I can find something.) Before I forget to share, here is what our Maker Zone looks like right now:makerbunny3

We are currently inviting students to create Reading Buddy Bunnies! We color copied the design (which was given to us by a friend) on cardstock, put a bunch of book cover images in a pail, and let loose the scissors and tape. Here are the directions we provided (as seen on the blue door): makerbunny1

1. Take a sheet.
2. Cut out and assemble the pieces.
3. Pick a book from the pail.
4. Glue the book to your buddy’s paw!

Once the buddies are finished, children can tape them to our wall, give them away to friends, or read to or with them. I love seeing the kids’ results and how happy each critter looks with its little book(s).

book love

febdisplay2It’s February 3, which means the 2015 ALA-YMAs have been announced. I am so happy with all of the committees’ choices this year, especially the Newbery and Caldecott. The beginning of February also means that Valentine’s Day season is upon us. I’ve been considering putting together a Pinterest-inspired “blind date with a book” display for a while, but it doesn’t work for most elementary school settings because a) they don’t date and b) who has time to wrap all of those books?! My colleague and I didfebdisplay4 some brainstorming and made our own variation of the theme. Our “Books You’ll Love” display was inexpensive, easy to execute, and it invites quality passive RA. (The wrapping says “If You Loved Other Book Title Here” and the book featured for checkout is a readalike.) When kids bring a book to the circ desk (either in a bag or wrapped in baker’s twine), we remove the decoration and check it out to them. We then find another readalike that matches the title on the label and recycle the fluff. Sometimes that little something extra is all that’s needed to get a kid psyched for a book. The passive readers’ advisory helps too. A Newbery or Caldecott sticker never hurt either.