April and May’s theme was Superheroes. My love for comics aside, this was in large part due to the many hero movies that premiered during the spring months. Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse to name a few. Even if younger students wouldn’t be seeing these films, they would be subjected to them visually through commercials, billboards, and various other forms of media, so what better time to take advantage of it?!
To start with, we needed a new book drop sign.
From there we also needed to redo the window (always a favorite of mine!)
Inside were various superhero pop figures (yes the’re all mine,) several comics from both the elementary and middle school sections,
a cityscape complete with flying superheroes and a “bat signal,”
and taped to the sides were pictures of other comics and graphic novels in our collection. (Sorry for the glare. There’s really no good way to get those angles clearly!)
This was all illustrated with a simple sign over to the side that stated “Graphic Novels: More than just Superheroes.”
A fairly simple theme true, but it did help circulation of comics and graphic novels. I can’t tell you how many times I had to go into the window and remove a book for a student to check out, which is awesome! It also attracted a lot of attention from girls, who didn’t realize there were so many different types of graphic novels!
To add to the theme, I also had my 3rd grade LibTech class create their own superheroes to display in our window. For more on that project, please visit my other post titled 3rd Grade Superheroes! (And Villains.)
All in all, I loved this theme. There was so much more I could have done with it, but simply not enough time, or energy. Have you ever used superheroes as a theme for your class? If so let us know in the comments below. Share the comic book love!