In our chapter books section, the Youth Wing librarians have been taking turns creating book displays. I posted my contribution, the gross books display, not so long ago. This time around, my fearless leader Catherine decided that we should make a staff picks display. We each chose three books that we super dig, and came up with this:

staff picks display

Each staff member got their own shelf, decked out with their three selections and an information sheet. The sheet has a little cartoon version of the librarian (sort of reminiscent of these) and a summary of the recommended books:

This is my shelf.

This is my shelf.

I made the mini-librarians on Wee World, which is obnoxiously cute. Here are all the librarians and their selections:

This is Miss Megan. Her picks are Island: A Story of the Galápagos by Jason Chin, Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, and Dominic by William Steig.

This is Miss Megan. Her picks are: Island: A Story of the Galápagos by Jason Chin, Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, and Dominic by William Steig.

Miss Leigh's picks are: Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs that Squeak, Soar, and Roar! edited by J. Patrick Lewis, and Click Click Click!: Photography for Children by George Sullivan.

Miss Leigh’s picks are: Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs that Squeak, Soar, and Roar! edited by J. Patrick Lewis, and Click Click Click!: Photography for Children by George Sullivan.

Miss Tatiana picked: Holes by Louis Sachar, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, and 100 Scariest Things on the Planet by Anna Claybourne.

Miss Tatiana picked: Holes by Louis Sachar, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, and 100 Scariest Things on the Planet by Anna Claybourne.

Boss lady Miss Catherine's picks are: The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R. A. Spratt, Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales : One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale, and Buddy by M.H. Herlong.

Boss lady Miss Catherine’s picks are: The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R. A. Spratt, Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales : One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale, and Buddy by M.H. Herlong.

This dork is me, and I listed the following as my staff picks: Hereville : How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch, Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes, and Drama by Raina Telgemeier.

This dork is me, and I listed the following as my staff picks: Hereville : How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch, Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes, and Drama by Raina Telgemeier.

I also made a little handout sheet with all our selections on it, in case patrons want to refer to our picks in the future. I think this display is a great way for us to showcase our favorite books and also to help patrons remember what our names are. Maybe the cartoon little versions of us will help them put the names to the faces. Right now, when they refer to us they usually say, “That lady that was here,” and that really doesn’t narrow it down.

If you had to name your three favorite books to recommend to kids grades 3-6, what would you pick?

~Love and Libraries, Ingrid

About magpielibrarian

Youth Services Librarian, Mediocre Crafter, Urban Magpie, Glitter Addict, and Worshiper of Ridiculous Outfits, Emerging Leader 2012, Former Rainbow Book List Member, and GLBT RT Director-at-Large! This is what a librarian looks like, kids.

5 responses »

  1. Ingrid, this is so cute! What happens when one of the display books is checked out? Do you print out a new information sheet?

  2. Hm… great question. I really love recommending My Side of the Mountain (STILL! TO THIS DAY!) because it’s such a great story and so many kids seem to enjoy the survivalist angle of it. I would also include the first book in The Popularity Papers by Ignatow because that is a fun series and seems so little known, especially in comparison to something like The Dork Diaries. Third, Never Smile at a Monkey by Steve Jenkins because there are dangerous animals in there and a creepy cover and I don’t think kids can resist that book.

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