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Literary Signpost

Literary Signposts are a wonderful addition to any classroom, bedroom or library. They point (quite literally) to the wonderful worlds that can only be accessed within the pages of a book.

I created this book world signpost a few years ago. Initially it sat in the library's entrance, a colourful signpost pointing to favourite book destinations, and was one of the first things library patrons saw when they walked through the front door. I later moved the signpost into the Junior room and I have repurposed the signs for various projects throughout the years, from a Diagon Alley photo booth to an Alice In Wonderland display

The students love it. I was surprised at how engaged they are with it. They love pointing out the places they recognise (and which books they come from) and trying to walk through to Platform 9 3/4. As soon as I put it up I had suggestions for some that I had missed (Alagaesia and Westmore Middle School were later additions). I have also had students request the 'Wonderland book' or help finding the Narnia books. Other students have wanted copies of their favourite signs. My favourite request was to add signs up the post all the way to the ceiling. With a double-storey space, that could take some time (and a really tall ladder), but it is a challenge I am happy to work towards.

Due to popular demand, I am now making this literary signpost free to download so you can print it and place it in your own classroom, library or even book-themed bedroom. The PDF download is free for your personal use but cannot be shared or used for any commercial purpose. The download includes 17 signs from a range of genres and children's, middle-grade and YA fiction.

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9 Comments

  1. Rebecca

    The signs are so cute! That is one of the things I love about reading – all the places I can travel to! 🙂

    • Madison's Library

      Yes, I know. Aren’t books great! I love the quote from the Inkheart movie (it’s not in the book, but I loved the way Helen Mirren delivered the lines)…

      Meggie Folchart: You’ve been to Persia, then?
      Elinor Loredan: Yes, a hundred times. Along with St. Petersburg, Paris, Middle-Earth, distant planets and Shangri-la. And I never had to leave this room. Books are adventure. They contain murder and mayhem and passion. They love anyone who opens them.

  2. Marcella Haddad

    I LOVE this. So beautiful! I’d love to be a librarian, then I have an excuse for all the books I buy. These signs are so beautiful and sweet…I love the idea. Books are wonderful because they can transport you to different worlds, this display captures that idea so perfectly! Thank you for sharing!

    • Madison's Library

      Thanks Marcella,

      Being a librarian is pretty cool! When you can mix working with wonderful people, surround yourself with fantastic books and play with paint, crafts and designs and call it a job, then it is certainly the best job in the world (or at least I think so). I’m so glad you like my literary signpost. Thanks for your lovely comments. It’s definitely not an original idea, but I love the interaction students have with it and their suggestions for new places to add. It’s time for an update, though, and I’m thinking of tying it in with this year’s Book Week theme, Australia: Story Country.

  3. katerina

    is there any where I can buy the template for these signs?

    • Madison's Library

      Thanks! There are not for sale anywhere but I’ll see if I can dig up the files on my computer and get back to you.

      • katerina

        thank you! If you put them on teachers pay teachers I think you would get a lot of sales! They are beautiful and I’m trying to make them but it’s not easy! haha

      • katerina

        If you end up finding them could you please let me know and I could send e-transfer to show appreciation!

        • Madison's Library

          I found it! I realised though, that I have used many fonts that are not for commercial use – that means I can’t post it on TPT and you can’t send me an e-transfer. Not sure if I’m even allowed to post it here, but if you contact me via the secure form on my About page I’d be happy to send you a copy of the document.
          Many thanks for your comments and support,
          Madison

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