Here’s a book stand that I found at one of my schools. You’ll notice that the books are really old. (I’m not sure that students will snatch up The Best American Short Stories of 1984.)
This leads me to two quick ideas:
1. Display “just read” books. When students finish their book, they don’t immediately shelve the book back into the classroom library. This lowers the chance of a book getting popular. Rather, students put their book on the just read stand. Thisshows other students which books have just been completed, which can increase circulation.
2. Display “our favorite” books. After a book is read by, say, five students, it’s eligible for placement in this bookstand. The goal is to build a display of the students’ most-loved books of the year. A few questions: What happens when the stand is fulland there’s another nomination? Does one book have to be voted off the stand? Also, I assume these best-books will be popular. Does there need to be a placeholder to stand in for that book when a student is reading it?
I can’t wait to get this stand into a teacher’s classroom. My hope is to take another photo once students make the stand their own. Let me know what you think and if you have other ideas for displaying books.