Friday, March 23, 2012

Book Swap

Sorry in advance...this post is about 99% non-educational related. First of all, every time I say book swap, I immediately think of Jimmy Fallon's "head-swap" shorts.  YouTube it, they crack me up.  Second, one of the very first things I pinned to my pinterest account was this:

Being an avid reader, I thought this would be a great way to get great ideas for new books to read, and you would end the party with at least one to start on!  I figured right before spring break would be a great time to get some new reading material, so last Tuesday my roommates and I hosted a book swap party.
So I started with invitations.  I used a book from The Dollar Tree and traced the letter B for the front of the invitation.
 Printed and added the details to the inside.
Paper clipped a book insert for attendees to put in the book they planned on bringing.
Then we worked on the house....I have a whole pinterest board just for book pictures and quotes.  I printed them and put them clothesline like on the wall.

I used a page from a falling apart picture book and made pinwheels to cover the tack that help the "clothesline" up.
One of my roommates made a paper book tree,  (the branches are a brown paper sack and the leaves are book pages)

and she rolled up strips of books and added them to the mantel, and a bunting made of more book pages

and a bunting made of more re-purposed book pages.
For the door, I hot glued leaf shaped book pages to a wreath.  And the rosettes are rolled up picture book squares.

Books wrapped and ready to be chosen for their new homes.....
 The food table had some book quotes.  I used a piece of notebook paper and a frame from the Dollar Tree.  I wrote the quote on the paper, made some mini-books, and attached them to the bottom.

Are you ready for the 1% educational relevancy......I thought, this would be a great thing for students to do to.  So I invited them to a book swap party.  Here is what their invitation looked like (minus the color)
So there you go, not completely un-educational, and who knows, if it is successful, students could repeat the book swap and swap the book they got!

Happy Friday,


  1. This is a great idea! I could definitely adapt this to do at my school. Thanks for sharing it!
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  2. This is an excellent idea! I wish I had more friends who were readers! :)

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  3. I love this idea! I'm your newest follower.

    First in Maine

  4. I loooove this idea! I can't wait to try it out. Thanks for the ideas! I'm your newest follower!

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  5. Such a stinkin' cute idea!!! I must do this!! I am so glad I just found your blog and became your newest follower! I can't wait to find more great ideas!

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