Display – The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Celebrating 50 Years
In 2019 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle will celebrate 50 years in print. To celebrate we decided to turn the Very Hungry Caterpillar day (March 20th) into a gigantic birthday celebration.
For years now, our Junior Reading Room has hosted a giant Hungry Caterpillar poster, created by the students many years ago. It is a much-loved favourite of our Head of Library Services and so it has held pride of place in the Reading Room. So, I decided to design and place the Very Hungry Caterpillar 50 Years display around this old poster.
The giant hanging leaf is a new addition to the reading room, purchased from Ikea, and it fit nicely into the display.
With a lot of help from our awesome student library helpers, we made 3D fruit for the Caterpillar to munch on, thanks to Mr Printables for the awesome templates. All the needed fruit is available in the free downloadable pack, we just had to colour the oranges orange to transform them from lemons. We also used these 3D fruits to create headbands to wear throughout the week (any excuse to dress up). We just hot-glued the fruit to a plastic headband.
Our handy Cricut cutting machine cut lots of coloured dots, which we strung together to add brightness to the area. (These could also be used for a Roald Dahl display, as it kind of looked like Willy Wonka had thrown a party with all the colour). A 3D caterpillar was made with styrofoam balls, green and red paint, a purple straw, goggly eyes and more hot glue.
As well as dressing up throughout the week of celebrations, we also ran a Hungry Hunt. Students had to find the fruit cutouts hidden around the library and write down the secret clue hidden with each piece of fruit. Their answers went into the draw to win this awesome prize pack – thanks to Penguin Australia for previous supplying us with Hungry Caterpillar Posters, which were both included in the prize pack and included in the display.
Book Week 2019 – Display Ideas
The theme for Book Week 2019 is Reading Is My Secret Power.
The theme and offical artwork offers plenty of inspiration for displays: powers, superpowers, secrets, transformations, hidden identities.
Powers and Superpowers
There are plenty of ideas surrounding “Reading is my superpower”, so I am planning to use those ideas and adapt them for a fresh Book Week look.
Storey Treehouse Read-a-likes Display
The Storey Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton is a huge favourite with our young library readers. We have numerous copies of each of the, currently, eight books in the series and they are usually all on loan.
This display is to help readers who love the Storey Treehouse series find some similar titles to enjoy.
Display – Two new middle-grade releases = A winter wonderland
October and November 2018 presented two very exciting new books in the world of middle-grade fiction: The Ice Monster by David Walliams and Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney. As our school year was in the process of winding down, we decided to celebrate the releases of these two titles at the start of the 2019 school year. The overt winter theme provided a wonderful tie between the two titles, enabling us to turn our junior reading room into a winter wonderland (in the middle of summer, mind you).
Collaborative Display – Wings
I love creating displays that engage students. Whether that’s because they can interact with the display itself, like my Mr Potato Head display, or because they have played some role in creating the display, I find that interaction increases engagement and that means the library displays are more successful.
Find Yourself in a Library – Map Display
This year’s ALIA Library and Information Week theme was Find Yourself in a Library. This tied perfectly into our whole year’s themes of Find… (See more information about our library themes in this post).
Amidst a range of fun activities and special events, like the National Simultaneous Storytime, the library highlighted the special week with this display.
Using the LIW poster as inspiration, I used strips of white cardboard to create our own library maze. And yes, there was only one way through the maze, but unfortunately, I didn’t consider the hight of the books on display and how they would hide the finish point.
Letting cut on our libraries Cricut machine, the LIW poster and banner and books about maps, puzzles and mazes completed the display.
Reading World Cup Display
The FIFA World Cup is on everyone’s lips this June 2018. To join in the hype, our library is running a Reading World Cup. This display and voting activity could be tied into World Cup sporting event or literary celebration (Quidditch World Cup, anyone?).
This display was inspired by the creations of The Brown Bag Teacher and her Tournament of Books.
I started by finding our library’s most borrowed titles for the past year, choosing the top 8 from both the junior library and high school collections for our top 16. I printed the covers from these top 16 and created mini voting slips. I cut the lettering for the Reading World Cup title using our library’s Cricut machine, and recycled strips of white cardboard to create the match-ups.
The voting for the first round was open for half a week, followed by half a week each for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and then the grand final. Each time a voting slip was created for the voting, but using tokens and voting boxes would have also worked.
The books on display were selected from the top 16, and when they quickly disappeared, were replaced with soccer-themed titles.
An additional competition was run simultaneously with Reading World Cup voting, allowing students to try and guess which book would be the overall winner. Those who guessed correctly were entered into the draw to win a FIFA World Cup prize pack or a art prize pack (for those less soccer enthusiastic). These prizes were from additional items from magazine subscriptions.
Enchanted Forest Display
Have you ever stepped into an enchanted forest? So many books give readers that opportunity, and that’s the feeling we wanted to recreate in our junior reading room.
Using Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Wood, Kathrine Applegate’s Wishtree, and every other literary forest imaginable, we created our very own Enchanted Forest.
The entrance boasts a literary signpost, using some recycled signs from this post here, and a collection of new forest-linked literary destinations.
Graphic Novels Display
Graphic novels are eternally popular at our library. This simple display was created to celebrate the range of graphic novels available and hopefully entice some new readers to try these engaging texts. It also made an excellent ‘filler’ display for a week when we weren’t celebrating any particular special day or event.
The background for the lettering was created by photocopying a few pages from a variety of popular graphic novel titles. I then cut them into triangles, varying the length and width. I stuck the bases of the triangles to a large sheet of white paper. The white lettering is the font Agency FB which I cut using the library’s Cricut machine, and stuck to orange cardboard, which I layered over the top of the sheet holding all the triangles in place.
At first, I was going to add an orange border to the display board, but in the end (and due to lack of time) I left it plain.
This display has been one of our biggest turn-over displays, as I frequently have to replace the books on display. The students also love trying to spot their favourite characters or panels in the slices of artwork.
National Reconciliation Week Display
National Reconciliation Week is an important week in the Australia calendar. Unfortunately, our school’s holidays often overlap with NAIDOC Week, another important day of celebration and reflection, and so our library often joins the two to highlight the importance and significance of Australia’s first peoples.
Using the black background of our display board and a large sheet of red display paper purchased from Zart Art, created the backdrop of the Indigenous Flag. Yellow hand prints formed the yellow circle in the centre, symbolic of the sun.
The lettering was found on Instant Display, and the two posters can be found on the NAIDOC and Reconciliation websites respectively.