Okay, I know January is the LAST thing we want to think about while we’re all singing Christmas carols, dancing around in ugly Christmas sweaters, and guzzling our weight in eggnog, but…the January Display Posters with Readalike Bookmarks are ready!
Can I just tell you how much I love designing these posters every month? As you may have seen from my recent Instagram drawing challenge with @librarianzee, I am unfortunately not so gifted in the freehand-drawing department. But I LOVE Adobe Illustrator! I learn something new in AI just about every day, and I’ve invested in lots of cute fonts and clipart that help make the posters truly POP. I am really happy with how the January posters turned out, and I think you’ll love them, too!
So this month (and only this month, I hope), I created two posters for each of the nine themes. I didn’t set out to do that, but I felt some of the posters were much better-suited for older readers or younger readers. In those cases, I made alternate posters. Ultimately, all the posters ended up with an “older readers” version and a “younger readers” version. I do not plan to do that every month, so enjoy it while it lasts!
I’ve also been more cognizant this month about making my posters more printer-friendly. Several of this month’s posters are printer-friendly, with white backgrounds instead of full-color backgrounds. You’re welcome!
THIS MONTH’S THEMES
There honestly isn’t much to January. It’s cold. The holidays are over. Outside New Year’s Day and MLK Day, there are no major holidays. And let’s be honest: School is the last place any of us wants to be. January is like a bad hangover that clears ever-so-slowly until Valentine’s Day finally gives us something interesting to do. Yep, I’m a cheery one about January. It’s my least-favorite month by a whole lot.
Even so, I did manage to find some great book display themes for January:
- Opening of Ellis Island–January 1, 1892 (books about refugees)
- National Letter Writing Week–Jan. 8-14 (epistolary stories)
- Charles Perrault’s birthday–Jan. 12 (retellings)
- Martin Luthur King, Jr.’s birthday–January 15 (civil rights)
- No Name-Calling Week–Jan. 15-20 (books about bullying)
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s birthday–Jan. 30 (books set during the Great Depression)
- Mental Wellness Month–whole month of January (books about tough emotions and mental health)
And two posters for genre spotlights:
- Science Fiction
READALIKE BOOKMARKS, TOO!
Don’t forget that each poster theme also has an editable readalike bookmark for four different age levels (picture books, elementary, middle school, and high school + adults). I hand-selected each and every title to ensure it is currently in-print and available on Titlewave and/or on Amazon. I include many 2018 titles, and now that we are approaching 2019, I’ve started adding a few early-2019 releases as well! Every title I list also receives positive reviews from professional publication and/or a high Goodreads average rating. If it’s not good enough for my library, I don’t include it on the bookmarks. For all these reasons, the bookmarks are excellent collection development tools for any school or public library.
As with my previous months’ posters, this January set is a growing bundle. I will add new posters and bookmarks each year, and once you download the set, you will receive all future updates free.
POSTERS FOR PREVIOUS MONTHS: