Sometimes it is difficult to get students interested in the Library Center. When you encourage them to read a book, their answer is “I can’t read.” I encourage them to read the pictures. But I go further than that; I allow them to read a story to the class in circle time, whether than reading it to the class myself. One important factor is to ask the students what they think a book is about based on the title of the book and the pictures. Review different parts of the book, for example; the front, back, and binding. Talk about what the author and illustrator of the book do. Making a book important will not only encourage the students to take care of it but also get them more interested in books.
I started in a 3-year-old class that tore all the books up in their classroom. Before I started reading the book we talked about the different parts of the book. I attempted to read one of the torn books, and when I came to a page that was ripped out. “ I said, now we will never know what happened because the page is ripped.” After that, they did not tear up any more books. The mom of one of the 3-year-old students, and who was also the assistant director asked how I got them to stop destroying the books. I replied, “We just talked.”
1. Rearrange and add fun items to the center as you would for your dramatic play center.
2. Bring a certain book to life, by adding items to the center that represents that book.
3. If possible, add portable CD players with stories to your center
4. Create art projects from a book that your students choose.
5. Integrate books into other centers based on the theme you are discussing.
6. Get books from the public library that are based on the theme or unit you are discussing.
7. When you have storytime, read the story in the Library instead of circle time.
8. Have Pajama day, and have each student bring their favorite stuffed animal or book. Provide popcorn, and read a story in the library area; providing lots and lots of pillows for lodging.
9. Have your students create their own story, record it and provide a printed copy with pictures designed by the students. Re-visit the term author and illustrator.
10. Do a skit based on a book and allow each student to be a different character. If you narrate the story while the students act it out it works better that way.
The library center can be a fun and exciting center where students can go to relax and look at books. By adding additional items and bringing books to life, you can give the center something extra. I love books and I always try to incorporate that into my classroom, by making story time fun and interesting.
How do you get students to your library center?
Darla the Teacher 🎃