Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sip and See Our New Books

I just received two gigantic book orders, and they were almost all beautiful nonfiction.  I was so excited to share them with everyone at my school, but I wanted to make sure they were seen by my teachers...and seen for their value as a part of their curriculums.  I stole the term Sip & See from The Real Housewives television show, yes I watch it every now and then, when one of the housewives had a party so that her friends could sip puch and see her new baby.  I thought this would be a great concept for our new books!  My intern and I sent out an invitation by email:

Then, we began sorting our books according to a few categories that we created.  We grouped by Literary NonFiction, Graphic NonFiction, Collaboration and Organization, High Interest, Fiction and NonFiction Pairs and Primary Sources.  Each table was filled with books that fit into the category, and we made small signs with lesson ideas and Common Core Standard tie-ins. 

Of course, we had a table of refreshments and prizes.  Our Sip and See was a hit, and the conversations started were great!  I had several teachers asking how they could use these books in their classrooms, and one collaboration is already underway.  This was a simple way to get my teachers in the doors to look at some of my new resources and to talk about what is happening in their classrooms.

Happy sipping and seeing!


  1. This is such a neat idea! What a great way to get staff into the library and involved with the new books. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love this idea! I will have to try this with my teachers.

  3. Yes! I'm thinking I could do the same only targeting what will be taught the last 6 weeks. Our curriculum has everyone doing research the last 6 weeks so many teachers have to use computer labs. By highlighting the books we have for the content, some of them may be more apt to use our books in the classrooms.

  4. My teachers really enjoyed it! I would love to see pictures of your get togethers. Sandra, I think this sounds like a fantastic idea!

  5. I love the idea of getting your teachers excited about new books in the library. Great idea, Kristen!

  6. This is a neat idea. Would you be willing to share some of your nonfiction titles from this order? You know nonfiction is a struggle of mine!

  7. I just saw this linked on Pinterest and love the idea. Do you mind posting one of the lesson tie-ins you used? I would love to do this with my next book order.

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  9. This is great! How did you go about selecting titles that were aligned with the new common core standards? Just curious what approach you took to doing that.