A Display to Make You Smile…

smiley-displayCindy: Sometimes the best bulletin boards are the simple ones. It’s easy to make displays busy and cluttered and that can overwhelm your patrons who are quickly passing them. Here’s one that has been popular with our middle school students and staff. Yellow paper with a hand drawn smiley face brightens up the room, makes people smile, and is an easy-to-fill display. You could display humorous titles, books with “smile” or “smiling” in the title, or go for my easier approach: books with bright yellow covers spanning many genres! If you are building a display for teens, here are some sunny yellow covers to consider:

Car Trouble by Jeanne DuPrau

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) by Jeff Kinney

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly


Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern

Honey Bees: Letters from the Hive by Stephen Buchmann

The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson

Minerva Clark Gets a Clue by Karen Karbo

Miracle Wimp by Erik Kraft

The Not-So-Great Depression by Amy Goldman Koss

Schooled by Gordon Korman

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

The Steps by Rachel Cohn

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jacquelyn Moriarty

Yellow Flag by Robert Lipsyte

Lynn: I’m always revealing my clay-laden feet on this blog but something else I’m not very good at is creating bulletin boards.  When Cindy and I worked in the same library, I was an outstanding assistant.  I’m really good at cutting out shapes and stapling where directed but don’t ask me to figure out how to transfer an idea to actual reality.  Fortunately I don’t have to wrestle with those huge bulletin boards anymore but I’m here to tell you that Cindy is right – simple is often amazingly effective.  This sunny bright and EASY bulletin board makes everybody smile.



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

7 Comments on "A Display to Make You Smile…"

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  1. nicole.sgueglia@gmail.com' Nicole says:

    I love it! It’s so yellow and cheery!

  2. mhenderson@glencoepubliclibrary.org' Melissa says:

    It’s also a funny sort of response to that old librarian bete noire — “I’m looking for this book, it’s green….”
    Thanks for the ideas!


  3. danaodin@gmail.com' Lara says:

    How simple and totally manageable. I love it!

  4. untitled841@yahoo.com' untitled841 says:

    I love this display. A bit different than what one usually sees in a library.

  5. bookluvr59@yahoo.com' Tammy says:

    I love this display idea!! We actually “borrowed” the idea. One of my staff has decided that before Halloween we will add vampire teeth to the smile and display vampire books. We like to keep it simple!

  6. polly_psy@yahoo.com' polly says:

    I would love to see you post more bulletin board ideas. This is a good one, thanks.

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