Happy March, everyone!
Once again, it’s time for a change in our monthly book displays. This time around I chose a fishy-themed display “Hooked on Books from the Bottom Shelf!” and a very simple “Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?” display.
Hooked on Books from the Bottom Shelf!
I saw the idea for a “books from the bottom shelf” display floating around on the Internets and LOVED it. It’s so simple and quick to put together…with a dash of lightheartedness. At first I was imagining a “from the Black Lagoon” kind of feel…but thought maybe that’d be better for a creepy, Halloween-time display. Then I thought to do a “hidden gems” sort of look…with big glittery diamonds/gemstones. But I settled on this cute fish-themed display, inspired by the flier I made (using LibraryAware). I had fun making paper plate fish and decorating the shelves with streamers! Choosing books was pretty simple. I chose from a wide age range…from board books to novels. I recently made it a personal challenge for myself to consciously choose more books featuring diverse characters and ideas…and I think I was able to achieve that with this display (especially with the novels). My goal is to show diverse characters and ideas all year round and in any display I do…not just for special holidays or specific history months. Anyway…here is a close up of the flier that inspired the fishy theme:
Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?
This display is geared toward a slightly younger crowd…maybe preschool-grade 2? I wanted to highlight some nonfiction books featuring diverse occupations and people “around town”. It also gave me the chance to highlight some picture books about town/city life such as Matt de la Peña’s Last Stop on Market Street (2016 Newbery Medal winner!). It’s great when a display can mix fiction and non-fiction books centered around a theme. I hope this display gets the attention it deserves from parents and young readers! The books here can open up a lot of teachable moments for parents and their kids.
As a bonus, I put out some springtime coloring/activity pages at our writing station and a cute sign reminding everyone that the first day of spring is March 20th! The coloring/activity pages are courtesy of Crayola – another great resource for parents and educators!
March on! – Bailey