Almost every day a student approaches me for a book recommendation. I absolutely love helping students find great books. Still, we all judge books by their covers and titles. I can't tell you how many times I've recommended The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale to both girls and boys, yet very few students have actually followed that recommendation. It's a great book! But the title and cover are terribly misleading and turn-off a lot of readers.
Recently, I read my public library started a Blind Date with a Book project. I've decided to do this in my classroom. It'll make book recommendations even more fun.
How to do Blind Date with a Book
1. Choose great books that don't seem great at first glance. Most will have a terrible title and/or cover.
Some titles in my classroom bin: Curse of the Blue Figurine, Whales on Stilts, Poppy, Pictures of Hollis Woods, Kensuke's Kingdom, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
2. Wrap the books in plain-ish paper
3. Write a few words, or a sentence, on each book to make it enticing
4. Display the books and recommend them to readers. There are lots of display ideas on the internet if you search "Blind date with a book."
This post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge.