Library Display Signs: May Themes

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Whoohoo! It’s the first Thursday of the month and the day you’ve been waiting for…it’s May posters day! Your students won’t be able to pass up these colorful, eye-catching posters in nine gorgeous May themes. And seriously, can I just stop one minute to bask in the fact that it is nearly May already? WOW!

I would love to see photos of your displays if you want to share them with me on Instagram or FaceBook . I love seeing what you’ve done with them!


Teacher Appreciation Week is the first week in May. Celebrate with a display of books featuring strong teachers, coaches, and mentors! Can’t think of many books for the display? See the read-alike bookmarks included in the set! Each theme includes four read-alike bookmarks (keep reading for more information about the bookmarks).

Did you know Africa Day is May 25? Africa Day is an annual celebration of the formation of what is now the African Union on May 25, 1963. It’s a pretty cool story, and I encourage you to share the day with your students on May 25. Here is a link to a 2017 story from ABC News about Africa Day.

Here are the themes I chose for May:

  • Star Wars Day (May 4th)–This list is about books set in outer space.*
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (first full week in May)–stories with strong teachers, mentors, coaches*
  • V-E Day (May 8)–books set during WWII*
  • Mother’s Day (May 12)–books with mothers (hint: not all mothers in literature are good!)*
  • Wear Purple for Peace Day (May 16)–purple covers
  • Africa Day (May 25)–set in Africa
  • Asian-Pacific Heritage Month–set in Asia
  • Genre feature: Classics*
  • Genre feature: Magical Realism*

*Themes with a star include two posters.


As always, each theme comes with readalike bookmarks for picture books, elementary, middle school, and high school and adults. These are lists of books to match each theme, sorted by age of the reader. All the bookmarks are fully-editable in PowerPoint.

This image shows the Poetry bookmarks included in this set. The titles on the poetry bookmarks are collected poetry or poems in picture book format. They do not include novels in verse.

Every title included on the bookmarks:

  • is professionally-reviewed for the age levels I recommend
  • has received positive reviews, mostly from professional reviewers though I also consider high Goodreads ratings
  • is currently in-print and available on both Titlewave and Amazon

Because I include lots of newly-released titles on the bookmarks, they also make a fabulous tool for collection development!


I am already hard at work on the June posters, so you’ll want to stay tuned for when I post them. My goal for posting the monthly poster sets is the first Thursday of each new month, and the monthly posters will continue to be a free product for the first two days they are posted. This will continue through September, when I will have completed the entire 12-month set. After the set is complete, I plan to upgrade and revise the sets annually to add new themes and keep the readalike bookmarks current.

As for the rest of the New Product Thursdays, all my newest products are half-off for the first 48 hours. These products will always post on Thursday mornings CST, so you’ll have through Saturdays at noon CST to buy them for half-price. If you are worried you won’t remember to check every Thursday, I will also post reminders on my MrsReaderPants FaceBook page and new Instagram account. If you follow my store on TPT, you’ll also get notifications of my new products through the app.




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