Playing That Mystery Game
We went through the collection and chose fun books that kids might not find on their own. You know the ones - picture books, easy readers, non-fiction and chapter books that you know are great and handsell when you can. Once picked we slipped them into lunch bags (or donated plastic grocery bags) and wrote a grade on the front. The grade level was a guesstimate and used as an aid for kids to narrow down their choices.
We piled them on a table by grade level, put a sign up and watched the fun begin. Kids were asked not to look inside - just pick a bag. At check-out they could take it out (and return the bag to us for refill) and take it home to test it for us.
Holy smokes! Was that popular or what? We probably had 20 books out for every grade level and we constantly re-filled or put out new bags. Kids came back again and again to pick a mystery book to try and told us how they felt about them. We are pretty pleased that we could give some exposure to books that need a little love and attention. And the game aspect really tickled the kids.
Baghead by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Paw Prints 2008.