Book Promotion: Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Don't JudgeTwo years ago we did the whole Blind Date with a Book Contest. Last year we missed out because I was in Russia, and this year, I’ll be going to TCEA for the first time, so I wouldn’t be there right before Valentine’s Day. Instead I decided to do a spin on that called Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover. It is basically the same thing because I wrapped up all the books and then put them out with only 2-3 word hints at the book. Students check out a book and then do a short book review if they wanted to be entered into a drawing for a gift card.

So far I’ve wrapped enough books to fill a book truck front and back (so four long) twice. I still don’t even think I’ll have enough books to finish out this week because I told those that were interested they could have a second book this week. I might regret that decision, but the kids are excited, and even a few teachers are checking out books.

The funniest part was that I wouldn’t let them check them out for a whole day while I started putting the display out. They were literally begging to check them out when the official contest began. Love seeing such excitement about books.

PS…some really do have horrible covers, and we are rating the cover as a part of the book review they submit, so actually I guess we are judging a book after all!

Library Activity: Speedbooking

Last week was one of my favorite weeks because we did Speedbooking. It is really the only time of the year that I do a stand alone library activity. That said, it directly connects to literacy appreciation, and students all leave excited about books, so I don’t feel like it is wasted time. This is the time of year when my 8th graders get bored with reading. Time to light a little fire under them.

Basically, the students rotate between seven different stations where they “meet” a book a different way at each table.

  • Audiobook
  • Lone Star Reading List
  • Author Website
  • Book Format
  • Choose Your Own Adventure Books
  • Digital Book Talk
  • Read A Like Lists

As a side note, I pull enough books for every class (whew) so that kids can check out books that period if they want to rather than waiting until the day is over.  Circulation is always much higher after this activity. The big winner of the week though was the choose your own adventure books. I think part of it was they loved hearing the “old folks” talk about how cool they were and how to fix things when you accidentally chose the wrong ending. AKA made a choice that got you killed.

Speedbooking

Reeling in Readers: Creatively Promoting Books

I realized the other day that the link I posted won’t work on iDevices because of the flash component in SpicyNodes. Here is the same content in text/link format.

When I first started in the library several years ago the digital book trailer was the way to promote books. While I still see the value in book trailers (still post several a month), I also think it is essential for us to also look at other platforms for book promotion.  Here are just a few.

Thinglink

Create a poster you can “touch” with things like website links, videos, social media, and text.

Website: http://www.thinglink.com/
Sample: http://www.thinglink.com/scene/402645903845883904


QR Code Displays

Display books in the library with a QR code that links to information about the book, book reviews, series information, links to a movie, or facts about the author.
Tips on QR codes (the QR code tab): https://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=500988


Student Videos

Have students create short videos promoting a book they like. Can be short clips just showing them and the cover or an actual interview about why they liked the books. Be sure to choose a variety of students.

SpicyNodes

Use SpicyNodes to showcase read a like lists or genre spotlights.

Website: http://spicynodes.com
Sample: http://www.spicynodes.org/a/8b7baad730231d4448ca3cfdc6e2d8ad

Bookmarks

Create bookmarks for students as they check out in the library. Can have QR code links to library resources, photos related to books read in the classroom, popular genres, etc.

Sample: https://ssl.vuzit.com/s/7et7r?sid=ULN2K72IaKjKMBj7FuvsLHyFfd4siv5u

Book Blogs

Book blogs are still popular with students. They enjoy knowing what you are reading and how you think. Share frequently electronically and also post by book displays for students without Internet access.

Prezi Scavenger Hunts

Use Prezi and create short guess the book prezis, author information, or series challenges.

Website: http://prezi.com
Sample: http://prezi.com/ippwkaurje4o/genre/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

Websites

Create simple websites or pages for book promotion such as read a like lists.

Website: http://education.weebly.com
Sample: http://readalikelists.weebly.com/

Popcorn Maker

Add pop up text to any video posted on YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud or HTML5. Think old school MTV pop up videos. Use this tool as a way to highlight things you want students to remember.

Website: https://popcorn.webmaker.org/
Sample: https://shacklibrary.makes.org/popcorn/199e

Podcasts

Record a short excerpt of the book with an introduction to why students would enjoy the book. Can have guest readers for a surprise students. Only need a program like Audacity, a computer, and a microphone.

Website: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ for recording
Website: http://podbean.com for hosting

Talking Book Displays

Use a short recorder next to a book for book promotion. Have students or teachers record and have a contest for students to guess the voice.

Website: http://www.joann.com/record-it-button-/7528011.html

Flash Version of Links Above:

SpicyNodes link: http://www.spicynodes.org/a/476e7a88194a8ee05b402a797a901c19

Ideas for QR Codes in the Library

I’ve been doing some brainstorming this summer. Here are some of my ideas for QR codes in the library. Feel free to comment with any others. 🙂

Book Displays/Resources

  • Book cover with QR code that links to a book trailer
  • Author picture with QR codes that link to books, biography, facts, etc.
  • Book or cover with QR code that links to other book suggestions
  • Nonfiction book with information about that Dewey category in a QR code
  • Nonfiction book with facts from the book in QR code
  • Book display with QR code book review
  • QR code link in back of book that links to series website so students know what book is next in the series. If there is not a good series website consider using Wikipedia.
  • Biography book with link to other resources on that individual
  • Nonfiction book with key words for searching that topic in a database
  • Display of books that have a theme in common. Scan QR code to see if they identified the correct theme
  • Link to Twitter/Pinterest feed of authors
  • Put a bookmark inside a book with a QR code discussing a quote on that page (why it was chosen)
  • Book display comparing the book to the movie
  • Display with books that you also have digital copies of in the library (link to the eBook)
  • Baby picture of teachers with a link to a current picture holding their favorite book
  • Book display about popular reading lists highlighting the specifics of each list as well as a few examples
  • Short description of the Dewey category and what kind of books are found in that section
  • QR codes for popular series or topics with description of how to find those resources in the library
  • Student created bookmarks with the cover, a short review, and QR code link to online content such as reviews, trailer, author website, etc.
  • Book display about the parts of a book. Use QR codes to discuss the different parts
  • If Books Could Talk Display using different books and matching them to theme in the book. For example: The Uglies book might say: “Who defines beautiful? What if they are wrong?”

Library Promotions

  • QR code link to library website in PTA newsletter
  • Links to library policies
  • Link to databases
  • Information about clubs
  • Information about IDs
  • Book fair information
  • Currently reading sign (post picture of book with QR code link to review)
  • Link to library survey in Google Docs
  • Links to information about special library events
  • Links to pictures from a previous event
  • QR code for library newsletter
  • Make QR code mouse pads that link to Destiny
  • Bookmark with important library links
  • QR codes to reading list or reading program resources on a flyer or bookmark
  • Link for Wi-Fi information
  • QR code to Twitter feed

Lesson Ideas

  • Use QR codes that reveal the correct answer on a worksheet. For example: students scan A and the QR code says “Please try again” and when they scan C it says “Correct”. This is great for discussing WHY an answer is wrong if it is common mistake.
  • Use QR codes to link to original creations like short poems, paragraphs, biographical information
  • Stations for getting to know a book through different formats (ex: Goodreads, author website, book trailer, podcast, etc.)
  • Scavenger Hunt-can either use QR codes for the question, the answers, or both
  • Stations-QR code can link to content, directions, or etc.
  • Link to directions about an activity or remediation resources
  • QR codes that give research tips
  • QR codes posted in library that reveal passwords for databases or library catalog
  • Links to tutorial resources on the most commonly used Web 2.0 tools (can store on a website or in Dropbox)
  • High School students could create digital portfolios/resumes
  • Use QR codes for directions instead of a worksheet
  • Voting for any topic using a site like poll anywhere or a Google Form
  • Share student created videos via QR code
  • Student book reviews
  • Matching activities. Students match the item and then scan a QR code to get the answer
  • Link to library resource of the day. Have the link pull from a website or wiki so you don’t have to change the QR code, just add the new content. Could highlight a vocabulary word or skill as indicated by benchmark scores
  • Link to exemplars of student projects so expectations are clear
  • Link to rubrics
  • Teen Tech Week outdoor scavenger hunt before school
  • Students write original story and link to the picture that inspired the story
  • Link to wiki or website created by student that reflects learning on a research project. Post around school.
  • QR code links to a word or topic that students then look up in a dictionary or encyclopedia
  • Students scan a QR code for a book description or cover and then locate that book in the library. Scan a second QR code when they reach that location to see if they are correct.
  • Reminders about copyright policies and citation tools
  • Links to flipped classroom or flipped library resources (put both inside and outside library)

LiveBinder with QR Code Tools

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=500988&backurl=/shelf/my