Saturday, January 2, 2016

Bumper Stickers for Books

thinking about books

This bulletin board was in a spot close to the reading rug. Students would refer to it often during talk time.  We realized pretty quickly that books could fall into more than one category. What I liked about this ritual is that it reinforced the idea that author's write stories for a purpose. 

Joyfully yours in reading and talking about books in the new year,  


During read aloud time with accountable talk, we thought about the BIG message of the book.

Why did the author write this story?
What does it mean to you?
What do you wonder about?

Lester Laminack refers to this big message as a bumper sticker for the book. Below are some of the messages we learned from books.

Never Give Up
Be Brave
Be Who You Are
Be Resilient
Family is important
You learn from mistakes


  1. Me too! I'm saving to my Evernote plans so I don't forget to start this next week. Thank you!

  2. Tanja and Barbara,
    I am so glad you find it useful! Let me know how it goes once you start it! Happy last day before school starting! Melissa

    1. Hi again, Melissa. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your Bumper Stickers for Books on my blog. The post will come out tomorrow (April 3). You can find it here :)
      Thank you!

  3. LOVE this... and *everything* you do!!! :) Happy New Year!

  4. You too Amy. When I go to your blog it brings me back to my classroom! Melissa

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