At the end of last school year I made a goal to do a Book Swap this school year. I had thought I would plan for one at the end of the year, but instead I am about to hold the first Book Swap next week and I am so excited! I thought it would be a great way to get some "new" books in the hands of students over the holiday break.
To pump up the kids about the Book Swap, I sent home reminder letters and made weekly announcements about two weeks prior to the Book Swap to give them plenty of time to gather up their books. I also mentioned it during our weekly Media lessons.
I sent home a letter about the Book Swap based on a letter that a fellow Media Specialist made up to use at her school. You can get a copy of it and all the Book Swap files by clicking here or by clicking on the picture above. Feel free to use it as is or as a reference for your own Book Swap letter.
Students brought books this week for the swap and I will look through them to be sure they meet the requirements. Then I will record the number and types of books that they bring in that qualify on a spreadsheet. You can get a copy of it as well as all the Book Swap files by clicking here or by clicking on the picture above.
I also gave each student who brought in books a receipt so that they will know how many and what types of books they will be able to swap. You can get a copy of the receipts I used by clicking here or by clicking on the picture above.
To set up, I covered all the tables in red and green table cloths and then put signs to label each table with what kind of books were at that table. This makes it easy for me to organize books when they were being turned in as well as already have the tables set up for the actual swap.
You can get a copy of the signs as well as the letter, spreadsheet and receipts by clicking here or on the picture above.
I even made a Pinterest craft for the occasion (based on this pin). It didn't come out as well I had hoped, but it took so long to make that I wasn't going to attempt to try it again. It will do for this year anyway.
So I'm set and ready for the Book Swap. You can stop by my blog next week to find out how it went. If you decide to attempt a Book Swap, I'd love to hear how it goes. If you have ever done a Book Swap in the past, how did it go? Would you do it again?