I spend a lot of time at the beginning of the year promoting different books in hopes of peaking my students’ interest in reading and trying new books.
One way I do this is a book recommendation classroom display. I select some of my favorite books (both chapter books and picture books) and display them in the classroom library with these cute little speech bubbles:
Every day I would recommend one or two of the books – I would introduce the book with a brief synopsis, give some background information on the author (other books they might like), and sometimes I read a small snippet to whet their appetite.
These speech bubbles are in black and white for ink-friendly printing – I copied them on bright colorful paper to make them pop!
My favorite thing happens when students start bringing me books saying “I think others would love to read this one! Can I put a book recommendation bubble in it?” to which I answer “of course!”