Monday, October 14, 2013

Mrs. Rye's Recommended Reads

I'm linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for another Monday Made It to talk about my new bulletin board Mrs. Rye's Recommended Reads.  Every year I have students who struggle to find books that they want to read.  In the past I have spent time with them in the reading area helping them to search for books they will enjoy.  I would just start grabbing books off the shelf that I loved until there was a nice big pile for them to look through.  

This year I decided to create an area where all of my students could go to find books that I recommend.  At the back of my reading area, I have a bulletin board and counter space.  I sectioned off part of the bulletin board for Mrs. Rye's Recommended Reads, and the counter is where all of my recommended reads are housed.

I bought the display stands when they were 50% off at Hobby Lobby and the other book stand was one of my summer projects and my first Monday Made It.  You can go back and see the before and after pictures here.

So, this is how Mrs. Rye's Recommended Reads works.  I pulled a bunch of my favorite all-time books out of my regular library to keep on a shelf behind my desk.  On the front of each book I put a sticker indicating it is one of my recommended reads.

I went online and found an image of each front cover and printed those off on the color printer.  The first two weeks of school, I talked about one recommended read each day to build up a decent selection of books.  I would take a couple minutes to tell them what genre it is and just enough about the book to pique their interest.  Then I would add the book cover to the bulletin board, and the book would be available to check out.

Once the first two weeks of school were over, I reduced it to adding one book a week.  I put it right in my lesson plan schedule so that I don't forget.  I have learned that if I don't make something a routine, it just won't happen!

If you would like to start your own "Recommended Reads" section in your library, I will create a personalized banner and book labels just for you!  You can find this product at my TPT Store.

Enjoy checking out all the other projects at Monday Made It!


  1. Great idea!! Your reading area is so cozy looking.
    Sweet n Sassy in 2nd

  2. Super cute idea! I wish I had a counter space and bulletin board to display. I am completely out of wall space in my classroom because I have 5 tall bookshelves in my room. :(
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. I know what you mean about wall space. I wish I had more too. I never have enough room for anchor charts. Wish I had more windows too! If only we could create our own perfect room, right?

  4. I love this idea! I'm your newest follower...I found you through the Monday Made It Linky :)

  5. Are We There Yet?
    This is a great idea. I do book talks with my kids sharing the books I love - the old standbys as well as new ones I've read. Just this week I shared The Truth of Me by Patricia MacLachlan, which I read this past weekend. I had 5 students ask for it, so we have a line to get it. It really gets the kids excited about reading. Having a picture of the book up will keep it fresh in their minds. Thanks for sharing!
    Are We There Yet?

  6. I will have to take a look at The Truth of Me. I haven't read that. I just finished Edward's Eyes by MacLachlan today. Have you read that? It's sad but good. I had a hard time finishing today without getting choked up.