Year-Long Book Banner

Year-Long Book Banner
Reading aloud to my students was always my favorite time of the day.  Maybe I should have been a librarian so I could read to kids all day. (Just kidding, I know librarians do sooooo much more than that.) 

I used read-aloud texts throughout the day- introducing new concepts, skills, and strategies, encouraging positive behavior, reviewing skills, and just for the pure joy of hearing a good story!

One year I decided to keep a card with the title and author of every book I read aloud to my kids.  At the end of the year, we spent some talking about all of these great books.  This idea evolved and the next year I started displaying the cards on our wall.  On the front, I printed a copy of the book and asked a student to write a little bit about the book on the back of the card.  Now, at the end of the year, we use those cards for a little team competition.  I ask questions about the books and teams work together to answer the book questions.  It turned out to be one of the favorite activities for me and my kids at the end of the year.

This book banner serves several purposes.
1. It keeps a record of the many different types of books shared with the class.  Students will see the banner grow and grow along with their reading experiences.
2. The banner pieces turn into a class game at the end of the year.  It will bring back lots of, "Oh, I remember that book!"
3. And last, but not least, it looks nice!
If you're short on wall space you can take down the banner pieces at the end of each month or quarter and start a new banner.  

Books We Love!  Adorable banner to make a display of all the books you read aloud to your class.  After the book is finished, students write questions and answers on the back.  Then the cards can be used for an end-of-year activity.

Click on the image above to download the book banner and directions.

Happy Reading!

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