Books are Magically Delicious

IMG_7228My feature book display for the month of March all started with St. Patrick’s Day. I thought of leprechauns and how they hide their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In a children’s library, you’re likely to find many award-winning books all stamped with a gold foil replica of the Newbery medal or the Caldecott medal and thus my pot of gold was born. But of course this pot of gold called for a rainbow, and I wanted it to make a strong visual impact when kids entered the library. The idea of using paper chains came to me from a window display I spied in town during the winter holidays; it would be cheap yet pack a powerful punch. Following the R-O-Y-G-B-I-V color motif, I linked twenty strips of construction paper to create a chain and made four chains of each color to make it more impactful. I then hung the strips from the ceiling using these hooks. With the bookshelf centered under the cascading chains from the ceiling, I had myself the end of a rainbow hovering over a pot of literary gold. For extra sparkle, I created large two-sided copies of the medals and doused them with glitter and glue. Attaching coffee stir sticks, I randomly stuck them in various titles on the top shelf. IMG_7229Additionally I scattered these gold coins among the books on display to give it a little extra bling that a pot of gold needs. Finally, I made a sign: Books are Magically Delicious featuring Lucky the leprechaun from Lucky Charms cereal. If you want the oversized Newbery and Caldecott medals you can download them here. If you want the Books are Magically Delicious sign, you can click here. Finally, I’ll leave you with some of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day read-aloud picture books: The Gingerbread Man and Leprechaun Loose at School by Laura Murray and How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace. Both lend themselves to creating traps for leprechauns; a great STEM or STEAM activity to do in your makerspace.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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