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.

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