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Library Lovers' Lists

Promote reading while comparing and contrasting favorite books.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Using Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, invite students to make a list of their top 5 books they've read. Encourage students to reread all five, taking notes on the themes, settings, characters, and ideas that stood out. Ask students to tell a book sharing group why they would recommend the books. Compare and contrast the content of the class favorites.
    2. Students design a poster--perhaps for Library Lover's Month in February, Library Week in April, or National Library Month in November--to publicize their five recommended books. Use Crayola Washable Markers to write the titles and authors of books in bold lettering.
    3. Look through recycled magazines to find eyes, ears, a nose, a smile, arms, hands, feet, torso, and legs to make a collage image of a library lover entering a library. Cut out pictures with Crayola Scissors and arrange on posters. Glue with a Crayola Glue Stick. Add details with markers.
    4. Design the library in the background with colored pencils. If a library lover is entering the front door, include a sign, windows, steps, and landscaping. If a library lover is in the building, include shelves of colorful books, tables and chairs, and computers.
    5. Allow time for students to present their posters and promote their favorite five books to small groups of classmates.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

    LA: Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.

    MATH: Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit. Solve problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions by using the information presented in the line plots.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen; The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce; Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk; Wild About Books by Judy Sierra

    Students who choose to promote the same book can collaborate in creating an advertisement for the book and its author. Use Crayola Colored Pencils, crayons, and markers to create an eye-catching poster for the selected book. Encourage students to create posters for most, if not all, of their suggested books. Organize the posters according to category of genre, such as fantasy, biography, historical fiction, etc. Post organized student artwork in the school library and/or school hallways.

    Consider taking a poll of all students in the grade level to find the favorite book. Organize data collected in during the poll into a bar graph or line plot of the top ten books to illustrate how the votes were cast. Colorize the graph using Crayola Colored Pencils or markers.


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