This is a display that I have been looking forward to putting together because it encompasses so many different sections. Poetry is an area that really speaks to Common Core because there are many fun ways you can pair the books. I try to share something a little different every time I write a post on displays (feel free to check out the tag on the right for past posts). This time I am going to talk about what books to use.
While you could highlight only your poetry section (811.54), chances are that customers are already finding it. We have a lot of school assignments here where kids are required to read poetry. The first kids always pull all of the Shel Silverstein books and then they choose based on length and covers (we all remember what it was like to be in school and have five assignments at once).
Let's start by pulling some fiction into this display. While it may be shelved in your jfic area, there are great books that really are poetry. Why not pair them with poetry? Three examples that come to my mind are Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, Diamond Willow by Helen Frost, and Love that Dog by Sharon Creech. There are more, especially if you search the YA area too. An added bonus for us is that all three of these books have won awards (1 Newbery and 2 Mitten).
Next up, why not check out your nursery rhyme section (398.8). While many are for the younger set, there are some good books for older kids. Personally, I like Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose by Leo and Diane Dillon. Also, there is nothing that says that a display has to be geared towards one age group. You can use a book or 2 for little kids. They like poetry too. I pulled out Lucy Cousins Book of Nursery Rhymes as my display seems to have a lot of blue books.
Have you forgotten to check the biography section? Even if you don't have a lot of books on poets, chances are good that you have at least one book on Shakespeare.
Is there a way that you can pull your databases into the display? We pay good money for them and this is a way to highlight them to your customers. Two that we use here that would fit are Biography InContext and Literature Resource Center.
A sign helps to pull the entire display together. You don't always have to be obvious, such as by saying "National Poetry Month". This month I used a Wordle of poets' names (also to remind me how to refill the display).
Finally, raid your poetry section. Personally, I would skip the books that everyone already checks out. This is your chance to highlight other fun titles. Also, don't forget to check your 821 section (British poetry).
Our final product has many different areas of the library represented, from fiction to nursery rhymes to databases. I really like how it turned out this month.