Our Teachers are Currently Reading…

IMG_2501Cindy: One of my teachers pitched an idea at the beginning of the school year that has really taken off. 7th grade ELA teacher Amy Duistermars suggested that the staff post signs outside their classroom doors with what they are currently reading. Students see what book their teachers are reading and initiate conversations about books that they find interesting. Some staff post only middle grade and YA titles, some feature professional reading, and others post appropriate adult leisure reading.

IMG_2002Some teachers have a laminated sign or a plastic page protector posted and then just replace the book cover art as they switch to a new book. Others print a whole new sheet each time. A few include annotations or quotes from the book in their signs. My library secretary and I have ours posted outside of the library. To give the book promotion further attention, we ask that when the staff update their signs that they give us the previously read book sheets. We trim them to the book cover image and are building a year long bulletin board outside the library of the reading our staff has done.

IMG_2507We don’t have 100% participation, but those that are playing along have enjoyed the conversations it has encouraged with our students–and among staff. One of my science teachers saw my sign for Moonbird by Philip Hoose last fall and asked to borrow the book when I was done. It’s an easy idea to implement.

What are you currently reading? Leave us a comment.




Lynn:  Just to join in, I’m reading Tapir Scientist by Sy Montgomery (Houghton 2013) and The Summer Prince (Scholastic/Arthur Levine March 2013) by Alaya Dawn Johnson.  How about you?



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.

5 Comments on "Our Teachers are Currently Reading…"

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  1. mrsmac.ek@gmail.com' Mrs. Mac says:

    I’m a retired librarian, but I’m still hooked on kid lit. Right now I’m reading Bomb by Sheinkin, Little Brother by Doctorow (so I can read the new sequel), and tomorrow I’ll pick up Moonbird from my local bookstore. I love the way you’re encouraging staff participation!!

  2. squinn@pentwater.k12.mi.us' Stephanie says:

    I am currently reading Seraphina by Hartman and Navigating Early by Vanderpool. I enjoyed Moon over Manifest so much.

  3. duistermarsa@westottawa.net' Amy Duistermars says:

    And I’d like to give a shout out to our W.O. High School English teachers who initiated “Currently Reading.” Thanks for sharing your great idea!

  4. crzy4bookslaura@gmail.com' Laura says:

    We have teachers who post “currently reading” signs on their doors and I have one too. Kids always ask to take the book I’m currently reading . . . so I often switch and don’t get to finish!

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