Saturday, February 22, 2014

Falling in LOVE with books!

Have you ever come across a well-loved book?  You know, the ones where the covers are wrinkled, and the spines are barely holding the pages together?  While it makes me sad that some of my books are falling apart, it is encouraging to know that my students are loving certain books.  :)  I like to think of those wrinkled books as "well-loved".  

I recently had to repair our "Dinosaur Encyclopedia".  It's a class favorite-  a large hardcover book with amazing illustrations.  It has been read so many times, its spine could no longer support it.  :(

With a short visit to the book hospital, this favorite was back on the shelf in no time.  We did discuss how the injured book had to be treated with more care from now on.

Speaking of loving books, Miss Woodward's Class celebrated Valentine's Day by writing about books they LOVE.  It was a really easy project that you can do to spice up your walls ANY time of year!

How cute are my little bookworms?

I gave each student a piece of white card stock and had them think about their favorite book that they've recently read.  They folded it in half (if they do it carefully, they can make two folds in the center to resemble a book spine!)  Then they illustrated the front cover on the right side of the card stock and wrote about why they love the book on the left side of the card stock.

While they were working, I took their pictures.  All they had to do was look down like they were reading a book.  Then I got busy printing and cutting each one out.

Lovely little head shots.

I added two pieces of clear packing tape to each of their armpits and then secured their folded book cover.  I attached it while it was slightly folded, so it would be 3-dimensional.

See what I mean?

To attach them to the walls, I used a piece of tape on their heads, and one on each corner of the book.  I just love how the books pop out of the wall!

Some of their cover illustrations were amazing!  I could barely tell which was the drawing and which was the actual book!   :)

I love doing simple, but eye-catching displays like this!

Until next time,
- Miss Woodward


  1. I love these! I might attempt to get these done and ready for conferences coming up next week! How big did you print the pictures? Was the cardstock 8 1/2" x 11"?

    Kate :)
    McDee's Busy Bees

    1. Hi, Kate! I printed the kids' pictures to fill an entire page. That way they were proportioned with their book covers. The card stock was 8 1/2" by 11". I actually drew two lines down the center to form a spine, and then copied it onto the card stock, so the kids just had to fold, and not measure. Does that make sense?

      The toughest part was to get them to illustrate their covers on the RIGHT side, and not the left. If I were to do this project again, I would have taken another day or two to have them do a rough draft of their writing and make it really detailed.

      You'll have to let me know how it goes! :

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  3. The illustrations are awesome! I'm your newest follower. :)
    Come Visit Readbox!

    1. Hi Kristin! Aren't their illustrations great?! Such little artists! Thanks for following. :)



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