My students love when February rolls around, because they love the Blind Date With a Book. But this year I decided to change it up. I had pinned The Genre Dating Game a few years ago on Pinterest and decided to give it a go. I made a few changes, because my students LOVE to unwrap the books! So we meshed the Blind Date With a Book and The Genre Dating Game for this school year. I went back to my Pinterest page and pulled up two websites that had done this in the past. I believe this is the original post and this one was a spin off. These two pages were great to getting me started on my display.
First thing I did was grab most of my new release books. For some reason my students are not interested in grabbing something new right now. They want to read what someone else has read or recommended. Once I pulled books from my shelves, I then wrapped them and wrote the genre and if they had book points (important for our Freshmen and Sophomores).
- Draw a number from the bowl.
- Match your number to the Book Bachelor or Bachelorette.
- Select a book from the genre you chose.
- Unwrap the book, grab a bookmark and enjoy your date!
- You must read at least 50 pages of the book. If you are not enjoying your “date”, turn it in and play again!
- When you are finished with your book, turn you bookmark in for a Valentine Treat!
I finished up the display on Friday before I left and Monday morning I had three girls ready to play the “dating” game! They were pretty excited! They unwrapped their book, grabbed a bookmark and seemed pretty excited by their choice.
I also cut out flowers using our Cricut machine in the library.
Overall this display really gets students out of their comfort zone. So many times students judge a book by its cover or stick to one genre. This activity forced kids to try something new. Some “dates” did not work out and they returned the book saying that they just could not get into it. Others came in saying they loved the book! They just found a new genre to start reading!