Book Recommendation Menus

screen shot 2019-01-26 at 8.42.19 pmAs a school librarian media specialist, I often hear students request the most popular titles – Dogman, Captain Underpants, Harry Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries. My response tends to be, “Sorry! They’re all checked out.” That’s when I decided to make these menus to help guide students to books with similar styles or topics; much like the feature on Amazon: customers who bought this title also bought….  Not only are they great visuals to provide alternatives to the popular titles, but they also help highlight other titles in the library that may go overlooked. Expanding horizons and introducing new literature to students is such a thrill, and I hope these prove useful in your own school or classroom library. As promised, you can download volume 1 for FREE by clicking here. All future sets will be available at my TeachersPayTeachers store. screen shot 2019-01-26 at 8.42.05 pm


14 thoughts on “Book Recommendation Menus

  1. These are amazing! I just found your blog and instagram. So much good stuff. Thank you for sharing. As the only elementary librarian in my small district, it can be a lonely job. It’s so good to see what other people are doing. I needed this inspiration this week. Keep up the good work. Those are some lucky kids!


  2. I’m a fairly new librarian and these will be a huge help to me when the kids ask, “What should I read next?” You have so many great ideas, thank you for sharing them!!!


  3. Thank you x 1000!! These are amazing! I’m just putting a yellow dot sticker on all the titles we have and now I have a task of obtaining many of those we are missing. I’m looking forward to following your blog. You are a gift to your school.


  4. I just came across you blog! Thank you so much for sharing! I have been telling everyone about your site. I am a Read 180 teacher and I’m always looking for for ideas to promote reading. Thank you!


  5. Mike,
    This resource is fantastic. Like you, I’ve shifted my teaching from the classroom to the Library Learning Commons this year. And, a top priority for me is to help expand students’ book choices. I’m in the process of genrefying our fiction section. And, I have plans to do something very similar to your Book Recommendation Menus. Thank you for saving me hours of work. I will also be able to use them as a source for buying books to add to my collection.


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