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Award-winning children’s books December 15, 2007

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Window display

It’s not too early to plan a display around January’s announcement of the Caldecott and Newbery award and honor books. This display really highlights the colorful illustrations in books that have won the Kate Greenaway Medal.


Happy birthday to all your favorite authors! December 6, 2007

Posted by sneaks in adult, display topics, fiction, great ideas, J fiction.
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Woodside pictures from Roald Dahl day

Here’s a super-quick way to draw attention to an author on his/her birthday – just plop a fancy birthday hat on the shelf or display! It will surely draw attention to the author’s books and throw a little unexpected fun into browsing the children’s section.

Or, heck – why not do it in adult fiction too?

A good, up-to-date list of kid author birthdays (it includes Kevin Henkes and J.K. Rowling)
And a list of adult author birthdays

To read or not to read? Make sure it’s the former December 6, 2007

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In response to the NEA‘s recent grim report on reading, which noted a disastrous decline in teen reading in particular, YALSA has come up with a catchy checklist of 10 ways adults can support teen reading. It’s meant for parents, and gives such advice as “Stock up” and “Lead by example.”

A printout of this list would look great topping a display of can’t-miss YA literature, manga, magazines and audio books.

ilovelibraries.org has a good aggregation of YA booklists on their site.

Stick to reading! December 6, 2007

Posted by sneaks in great ideas, J is for Juvenile, winter.
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Here’s a simple, low-cost idea that encourages kids to read for fun through the winter. The rules of “Winter Reading Club” are simple. Kids sign up, and then each time they visit the library, they get a sticker for each book read. They can then decorate a mural-sized poster with their stickers.

Your mural could be a snowy scene with snowflake stickers; a big Christmas tree and ornament stickers; fish stickers and an undersea scene; or bird stickers in a winter landscape. How much creativity you want to put into the mural is up to you!

Materials required:

  • a big sheet of roll paper
  • a couple rolls of stickers
  • sign-up sheet

The best source for roll stickers that we’ve found is our old friend the Oriental Trading Company, although we love the Hawaiian shirt stickers you can get from Toy Connection

A place in the sun December 6, 2007

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Many families take advantage of the midwinter school break to take a short trip. Whether they’re taking the family skiing or have a chance to go somewhere warm, our luckier patrons will be looking for travel guides and vacation reads.

A sunny display of travel books, light reading, and popular non-fiction caters to these customers and may inspire some armchair traveling by the rest of us!