Does putting away all of the Christmas decorations make you feel a little glum? I was in the mood to make something fun and whimsical to save my library media center from the winter doldums… and this was it! I used to love those little boxes of conversation hearts when I was a kid. (Even then I loved WORDS!) I remember sitting on the curb with my friends, taking turns digging them out one by one, and reading what they said before letting them melt away in our mouths — such a sweet memory!
I have one spot on my LMC’s entry table that needs something tall. So I decided to make a valentine tree. I came up with 36 book-themed, conversation-heart-worthy sayings…repurposed some sparkly branches that came from the floral department at Walmart once upon a time… and found a bright blue vase to serve as the base.
Next, I tucked in a few sprigs of “early spring” silk flowers to add interest. I printed the hearts onto white cardstock, and then one of my precious library volunteers trimmed the hearts for me. She glued them onto some scrapbooking paper odds and ends, and I retrimmed them before laminating them. Finally, I hole punched each – and used baker’s twine to tie the hearts onto the little “tree.”
It’s simple and colorful… and it’s oh so fun to hear the kids reading the silly sayings. (Although I DID have to explain what “ISBN Dreaming of You” meant! (That one was especially to make you media specialists smile!) There’s one more saying in the bunch that will probably only make sense to us, but I couldn’t resist it!
You can grab this resource in my TpT store! (It includes bulletin board letters that spell “Let’s Talk about Books” with a book recommendation form for your students to fill out. After all, February is the perfect time to share about books we LOVE, right?!