Do you (or your kids) remember participating in the Pizza Hut reading programs? As I look at the book covers decorating my windows, it occurs to me that I would have earned a boatload of pepperoni.
The reasoning behind this decor is two-fold:
- Inspire students to to find new books and see what other people are reading
- To remind me what I’ve read (seriously, I cannot keep it straight, nor can I remember who wrote what).
That being said, I am running out of room.
And I’m definitely starting to have trouble seeing out.
You may be asking, why are you using up all your laminating and blocking your view of the library? Well, I want to model reading for pleasure for my students in the hopes that they ALL become enthusiastic readers. (Dream big, amirite?) As I am looking towards next year, I wonder if this is the most effective way to share the books I’ve read. I have seen students standing outside my window with their heads tipped back as if they are attending an air show, so I know it’s being used. I’ve also encouraged fellow faculty and staff to display what they are reading as well. The most frequent question I get is, “Is it okay if it’s not YA?” YES! Sometimes it’s even more meaningful for students to see teachers and staff reading from all genres and age-groups.
How do you share what you are reading with your community? And perhaps more urgently, what do you think I should do when I run out of room?