Monday, August 22, 2016

New Reading Ninjas Theme for 2016

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen pictures of my new theme for this year...Reading Ninjas!

I had some requests for more pictures of my decor, so here you go!

I used our poster printer at school to make the signs in my Reading Ninja Library/Media Center pack larger.  I also used the poster printer to enlarge some of  Krista Wallden's clipart to make the sign above the door. I love how it turned out.

Read about the non-fiction shelf helpers HERE on my blog.

At my school, we recognize the boy and girl in each 2nd-5th level with the highest number of words read in AR books each month.  K doesn't participate in AR until the end of the year if there are any students that are ready and first graders participate as they are ready, but only for practice.  I delete their quizzes at the end of the year so that they can start fresh in second grade. 

I hope to have this pack posted soon.  So much to do at the beginning of the year!

I ran out of Velcro to finish up this bulletin board, so...

I am going to try using a chart this year rather than the Velcro signs to see how that goes.  If it works well, I will add that option to my Book Return Reward Bulletin Board sets.

K-2 students use punch cards to receive a prize. They read 5 books and turn in their punch card at the end of the month.  I collect them when they come for their scheduled media center time at the end of the month and those who have completed their punch card choose a prize from the Prize Cart. The teachers make sure that everyone gets their punch cards complete.  3-5 students have 5 specific types of books to read in order to get a prize, 1 picture book, 1 genre (changes each month), 2 chapter books of their choice, and one free choice book.  If they choose to take an AR quiz on their books, they can write their score on their bookmark, but that is optional.  3-5 graders are responsible for keeping up with their reading and asking their teacher to sign off on their bookmark before turning it in for a prize.  I have been doing the Prize Cart for six years and the kids love it.  It helps encourage those who don't really care about AR or who may not do well with AR to read and still get rewarded for it.  Prizes on the Prize Cart are mostly doodads from Oriental Trading, but I also have some extra book check out coupons as well as 15 minutes of quiet reading in the media center coupons.

In the goodie bags I included a $5 gift certificate to our fall book fair coming up in a few weeks, an extra book check out coupon, a coupon for 15 minutes of quiet reading time in the media center, some pencils, stickers, erasers, bookmarks, and some other fun goodies.

I have been wanting a way better organize my library centers so when a colleague was giving away one of her cubbies, I snagged it.  I got the bins from the Dollar Tree and I made the signs to go on the front of the basket.  Now I have a nice, neat place for all of my centers and it intrigues the kiddos when they come into the media center.

Of course I had to make new library center signs to match the new theme.  Hopefully I can get them posted for you soon.

You can find many of these signs as well as other goodies in my Ninja Themed Libary/Media Center Pack on TpT.  You can check it out HERE.

Here are some preview pages of what this pack includes:

You can find the Library Ninja Book Return Reward Bulletin Board Set HERE on my TpT store.  (I realized when I started printing everything to hang in my media center that this set has "Library Ninja" and my other set has "Reading Ninja" so I changed it on the sign that I hung in my media center to match because that bothered me.  I know it might bother some of you, too so I am going to try to get make a pack with a Reading Ninja theme that goes with the big Library/Media Center pack, but my to do list is very long right now.   I hope to get to it soon, though.)

Here are some previews of what is included in the Library Ninja Book Return Reward Bulletin Board Set:

As you can imagine, it took a long time getting all of these signs created, printed, laminated and put up around the media center.

And the good news is, you can get these ninja signs for your media center, too at 28% off today!  Just use the promo code OneDay at check out.  Click HERE to go to my TpT store.

The kiddos really seem to like the theme for this year so it was worth all the hard work.  Of course it helps that their media specialist is a little cray cray and likes to dress up.

But it must run in the family because my youngest likes to dress up, too.  =)

Hope you and your little reading ninjas have a great school year!


  1. I'm curious how you attach the paper to your circulation desk front? I hate to do anything to ruin it but love that it's covered like that...

    1. I use LOTS and LOTS of masking tape, about one piece of tape per inch and not just around the perimeter but the whole area. I've done this for six years now and it has always held up the entire year.

  2. I have called my student librarians Library Ninjas for a few years now - at a new school currently with a madly enthusiastic bunch of girls ready to start their training. Great to have some colourful Ninja themed resources to help inspire them!! thank you :-)

    1. So glad you like the ninja decor. Thanks for stopping by! =)