Libraries tend to be magnets for avid young readers. Creative library displays encourage children to read books, because bright, colourful visuals pique a child's interest and draw him into the story. There are many different ways to organise a children's library display. You can feature the works of a specific children's author, an upcoming holiday, or a certain genre.
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When a popular children's author has a birthday, or if his work is relevant to a certain month or time of year (such as R.L. Stine's scary fiction, at Halloween), it can be effective to feature his work in a display. It's important to limit yourself to authors that will be recognisable, if just by name, to the intended audience. Keep track of trends in children's book sales for this data.
Children are always aware of upcoming holidays. Choose a major holiday, such as Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, or the Fourth of July, and create a display featuring related books. Mix popular choices with lesser-known, but equally good options, to expose readers to new material. There are countless books written around major holidays and seasons, so there are plenty of options.
Genre books are always popular with library patrons. The mystery genre has a lot of potential for interesting displays. Try creating a display based on clues scattered throughout the library; have the clues teach children about the genre, including popular authors, and available books. Making a game out of selecting a book will pique children's interest.
An interactive display can be very appealing to children. For example, take a popular children's book such as "The Snowy Day," and create a mini-winter-wonderland for students to see and interact with. Another good idea would be children's book giveaways, or drawings, to further garner interest in the library and reading.
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