It's our first week back to school after Winter Break, and my New Year's resolution is to have less books to repair!
But see, I can't make that happen on my own. In order for my Book Hospital to have far fewer patients, students need to take care of their books better. And for that to happen, we must review proper book care rules. I know it doesn't sound thrilling, but it's the best way to keep our books happy and healthy and ready for tons of checkouts. So, all week long, at every grade level, we are going to read books and do activities that will remind students how to take care of their library books.
The Shelf Elf by Jackie Mims Hopkins, illustrated by Rebecca Thornsburgh. Skoob, the Shelf Elf, is responsible for keeping the library neat and tidy, and in this book, he reviews several tips like using a shelf marker, keeping books away from food and drink, and using a bookmark. There's a Book Hospital in this book, so I like to show students that I have one too!
For LOTS more book care lesson ideas, check out the Elementary Library Routines wiki, where I found another activity I'll use with students on the SmartBoard - the No, No, Never, Never! game.
Finally, I love free bookmarks, so I printed two different types - the Do's and Don'ts for Library Lovers (a poem) and Hardie Gramatky's classic illustrations.
Here's to hoping that 2012 will be a year of healthy books!