With summer vacation rapidly approaching, the entire WeAreTeachers crew has books on the brain. Whether we’re prepping for summer book clubs, gathering up beach reads, or assigning summer reading to our students, we are constantly looking for an excuse to crack open a new book. Use the summer to get yourself and your students inspired for next year’s reads with this awesome collection of the 25 best reading bulletin boards.
Best Seasonal Reading Bulletin Boards. We always love commemorating the holidays with classroom decor representatives for each season, and there’s no easier way to do this than by creating a reading bulletin board with season- or holiday-themed reads.
A Harvest of Good Reading
Tip: Attach apples with book titles and/or covers to your tree or place real wooden barrels of classroom reads below the poster. Grab a Good Book
Who’s up for a ghost story. Tip: Print out small book covers and place them in or in front of the hands in the display. Season’s Readings
This simple winter display offers a lot of room for creativity. Tip: Recreate this bulletin board with ornaments bearing the titles or covers of popular reads. March Madness Bracket
Your students will love voting on their favorite books and turning reading into a bit of friendly competition. Tip: Change the genre of books according to the ages and interests of your students. Our Books Are Blooming
While this teacher chose to fill their flower pots with student-made books, you can just as easily replace the blooms with required reading or popular books in a variety of genres. Tip: Cut out small water droplets on which students can write their names and paste above the blooming books once they’ve read the corresponding selection. Spring Forecast
Nothing like April showers (or summer storms) to make you hole up with a good book. Tip: Paste smaller book covers inside the raindrops and place a shelf or box of books at the end of the rainbow. Something Cool to Read
I scream, you scream, we all scream for—books. Tip: Paste two-dimensional ice cream cones (or Popsicles) on the board and write or attach book titles on the scoops of ice cream. Another variation of this display, which we have yet to see, is to design an ice cream freezer in which each flavor is replaced by a genre or book title (Ex: strawberry = romance, cookie dough = adventure, etc.)
Best Tech-Inspired Reading Bulletin Boards
In the age of cell phones, Netflix, and social media, it’s hard to convince kids that the best entertainment of all doesn’t require a WiFi connection. Get them to rethink communication with a bulletin board that calls on technological themes to promote reading. Emoji Reads
What’s your reaction? Tip: Ask your students their favorite books to read when they’re happy, sad, worried, or angry. Alternatively, you might ask them which emotions the main characters of their favorite books deal with. Paste copies of their recommendations next to the corresponding emoji. Books to Make You LOL
Books make the best mood boosters. Tip: Update this collection with different text reactions. For example, Books to make you rotfl (roll on the floor laughing) or Books to make you say omg. iRead
No headphones necessary. Tip: Replace the app icons with book genres or titles. Take this one step further by recreating the iTunes screen with book titles in place of songs and authors in place of artists. This board may also serve as a great talking point for you and your students, sparking conversations about rethinking the way to read (via e-readers, audiobooks, etc.). Bks R Lke Rly Lng Txt Msgs
Gone reading, TTYL. Tip: Add book covers or spines with the titles abbreviated in text lingo. Spin-d Your Time Reading
This display is sure to get your students’ attention. Admittedly this one isn’t quite a bulletin board display, but it could just as easily be. Tip: Scale down the size of the paper spinners and and books and add a few more to your bulletin board display. Level up in the Library
Another one of our favorites, this Nintendo-inspired board is worth its weight in gold … coins. Tip: Replace the gold coins on your board with books, then distribute plastic gold coins to students as they finish books. Create a small box of prizes that they can then purchase with their coins.
Best Punny Reading Bulletin Boards
Ah, puns. The highest form of literary mastery, in our humble opinion, is a good play on words. We can’t resist bringing puns into the classroom, and these reading bulletin boards are the perfect way to do so. ReadBox