Blogger Heather Acerro

Pick Me! Pick Me!

We recently put up a book display that has books flying off of the shelves! Flying, I tell you! It seems that as soon as we fill it up, it is empty again.

Our “Pick Me! Pick Me!” display features colorful bookmarks with a handwritten message about each title. Sure, it is staff intensive to get those bookmarks finished, but it works.                                                           On the back of each bookmark it says “What do you think?” so kids can add their own comments before returning it with the book.

This display has been such a success that we thought you might like to know about it. What gets books moving at your library?


  1. Library Quine

    What a fantastic library display idea, and one that works! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Rachel

    I love this idea! I am going to start doing it today in my Children’s Room. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Saba

    OMG! That is so cute!!!! I love the personal notes on the back! 😀

  4. Kiera Parrott

    LOVE. Love, love, love.

  5. Sonja

    Fantastic idea – do we have permission to recreate these for our library?

  6. Jan

    This is such a GREAT idea! I’m new to a grade school library. Do you make/print your own bookmarks for this? Would you be willing to share? Thank you for sharing the idea!!

  7. Heather

    Jan – I just sent you the printables in an email. Enjoy!

    1. Kim

      This is a really great idea! I am always looking or ways to get students to check out books that sometimes get overlooked. I would love a copy of your printable s.

  8. Claudia

    Hi Heather!

    This is a supercool idea! Love it! can you share the printables with me also? 🙂 Thank’s for sharing your great idea!!

    1. Heather

      They’re waiting in your inbox Claudia 🙂

  9. Stacy McSpadden

    Hi Heather!
    These are to cool! Love it! This is my first year to be a librarian. Can you share the printables with me also? Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!

    1. Heather

      Stacy, they should arrive in moments.

      I am happy to share the printables with anyone who would like them. Just comment here and I’ll send them via email.

      1. Erin Graff

        I would love the printables as well please! I think these would be fantastic for our brand-new library!

      2. Kathy Wozniak

        Can I please have the printable also for the Pick Me! Pick Me! book display?

        Thank you!

  10. Tina


    Great idea! Can you send me the printables?


  11. Mindy Terr

    What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing. Your generosity is most welcome!

  12. Michelle

    Thank you for sharing this! I would love the bookmark printables as well.


  13. Anne B

    What an awesome idea! Please send me the poster and bookmark printables. Thanks!

  14. Kristin

    I would love to use this idea for a display! The personal notes are a great touch! If you could send me the template it would be great! Thanks.

  15. Chris

    I pinned this display to one of my Pinterest boards and keep coming back to it because it is so memorable and eye-catching. I love it and want to set one up in my library for the first week of school. Today I just noticed you are sharing–I would be so grateful for a copy!

  16. Angie Moore

    I would love the printables also 🙂 this is such a great idea! Also… I LOVED ‘When You Reach Me’!!! 🙂 thanks so much for sharing!

  17. leila

    hi Heather
    i straight away loved the bookmarks. could you please send me the printables so i can use them in my school library. i am sure the children will love them. thanks a lot for sharing.

  18. Kitty

    I love this! Will you please email me the printable sign and bookmarks? I really think that my middle school kids would go for this. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea!

  19. Cathy

    I love this idea. I would also love to have the pattern or whatever you used for the bookmarks. I am always trying to find free/cheap ways to get bookmarks into the hands of my students. As the librarian for a small school, I have almost no money to spend on bookmarks! Thanks.

  20. Pat

    Just looking for some display ideas and saw these. They are attractive, attention-getting, and perfect for motivating kids to both select books and evaluate them for others. What a wonderful idea. If you are still sharing the poster and bookmark printables, I would love to receive them. Thank you for your generosity.

  21. Kristin

    Can I please have a copy of the printables? Great idea!!

  22. Celia

    I also would love a copy of the printables – do add a link here if you’re willing to sell on Scribd for $1 or something!

  23. Linda

    I would love to have a copy of the printables also. I manage a Pre-K – 6th grade Library
    Always looking for new ideas for book circulation! Thank You!

  24. Susan

    I love the posters and bookmarks, too. Will you share?

  25. Janine

    Heather, I love this vibrant display! A great way to promote the collection. Could you please send me a copy of your templates? Many thanks : )

  26. Jennifer

    Hi! I work in a school library and would love your printable bookmark and display sign as well, if you wouldn’t mind emailing it to me. I work in a grade 5 and 6 school library and this would be perfect for generating interest among the kids! Thanks for the idea!

  27. Jill the OWL

    I would love to use these in my classroom library and I know our media specialist would love them!!!

  28. Jodie Porter

    I love your great display idea “Pick me” – thank you for sharing. Please email me a copy of the printables. Thankyou

  29. Kelley Houseworth

    I am a volunteer school librarian, always looking for neat ideas to encourage students to check out the not-so-popular books. May I have a copy of the printables? Thanks!

  30. Jamie

    I love your idea so much! I am an elementary reading teacher and I’ve been looking for a way to get my students to read some of the books in my classroom that are great reads, but usually go untouched. If you don’t mind, I’d love a copy of the sign and the bookmarks. I look forward to using it next year! Thanks so much!

  31. ali


    I realize this post is old, but I would absolutely love a copy of the printables. They’re gorgeous! Would you mind sharing with me as well? Thanks so much!

  32. Judy Phalen

    Just discovered this great idea via Pinterest. If it isn’t too late I would appreciate a copy of the bookmark and poster templates. I work as a school media specialist in a k-5 elementary school.
    Thank you!

  33. Sheri

    Would love to have this display in my library!!!!!!! Would you be willing to share your templates? Thanks so much!

  34. Kim Jackson

    I am a new media manager this year…..would love to have your templates….Thank you in advance!

  35. Jamie Graveling

    I’m a new media specialist this year and looking for easy ways to make my library stand out. I loved these when I found them on pinterest. If you are still emailing the template I would greatly appreciate a copy.
    Thanks so much!

  36. Amanda Hamilton

    Super cute – I just saw this via Pinterest and would love a copy of the printables too if still available. Thanks Heather!!

  37. LibraryAnne

    Love your display and bookmarks! The bright colors alone will attract attention. We have a book fair next month and these will be perfect for our featured titles! Please send me your templates. Thanks so much for sharing!

  38. Patti Francis

    Just found your display on pinterest. It is fantastic and I would love a copy of the printables if you are still sharing! This would be fantastic for a new book display. Thanks!

  39. Dawn Carter

    I’m a new middle school librarian and would love a copy of your printables, as well! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  40. Linda Buffum

    Would love a copy of this. Thanks for sharing!

  41. Sarah P. Entuna


    I love the idea of this! May I please have a copy of your printable? Thanks a lot for sharing!

  42. Diane Stewart

    Love this idea. I have already made some arms on colorful paper to put around the display. May I please have a copy of your printables? Thank you so much!

  43. Rachel Schremp

    I too just discovered this fantastic idea on Pinterest. I am looking for ways to generate more excitement in the two K-6 libraries I manage and would love a copy of your template if it is still available. Thanks so much!

  44. Mary Jane Santos


    Cute.. May I please have a copy of your printable? Thanks a lot for sharing!

  45. Carrie

    I was planning to implement a staff/teacher book pick this year at my elementary school library. I am not new to the school, but this will be my first year as the librarian. I would also LOVE a copy of the printable to use. Thanks so much for sharing!

  46. Judy Lane

    I realize that this post is now a couple of years old, but I just saw it on Pinterest and love it! Would you still be willing to share the printables, as I’m gearing up for a back-to-school display that will inspire reading! Thanks very much.

  47. Mikela Iverson

    could you send me the “pick me” printable? thanks

  48. Leslie Smith

    Hi, these printables are super fun! If you still have them, could you send them to me, please? Thanks! 🙂

  49. MB

    Please could you send me the pintables. They look great!


  50. S Rose

    Hiya! Loving your display. Not sure at all if you’re still emailing out printables but if you are I would love a copy please for use in my school LRC. Many thanks!

  51. Stephanie

    Love the display and especially the “pick me” signs. Would you please send me the printables? Thanks so much!

  52. Jennifer Rottinghaus

    Could you send me the printables for the “pick me” signs?

  53. Tonia

    This looks like a great idea for our elementary library. Do you mind sharing your printables?

  54. Vicki

    I love your display ideas. If you still have them, could you please send me the printables as well? I’m especially trying to find a colorful “staff picks” bookmark template, and this one looks perfect. Thanks!

  55. Jodie Horgan

    Hey Heather I know this is an old post but I was looking for bookmarks for a “staff picks” shelf at my school and I love this! I teach Youth in Custody and I am always trying to motivate kids to read. Are you able to share your bookmark template or tell me where you got it? Thanks a million and happy reading!

  56. Sam

    These look great! If you’re still happy to send out the templates I’d be really grateful! Thanks for sharing.

  57. Robin Jones

    I’m sure you’re tired of being asked to “share” but this is such a fantastic idea for any library. I would value and treasure the ability to use this in our small library also. Would you please share with me also. Thank you!!!

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