How many times has a book grabbed your attention from the very first sentence?
Students can peruse this interactive bulletin board and test themselves on their knowledge of opening lines to popular books, as well as be inspired to find a particular book in the library, after reading an opening line that sounds appealing to them.
On the front of the card, I printed the opening line from a book, and on the inside, I printed the title, author, and call #, to aid students in finding the book. I also added a small piece of Velcro to hold the flaps down, since laminating them caused them to not fold tightly.
My criteria for selecting the quotes: It had to be a fiction book currently owned by the school library, so students can check the book out. (Sadly, this eliminated quite a few stellar first lines.) The selections must have a variety of appeal to both boys and girls, and include reading levels grade 2 – 6. I included some books that I know are read as part of grade-level classroom assignments, some award winners, some new books I wanted to attract interest in, and some beginning chapter book series.
Take a minute and have fun seeing how many opening lines you can match up
with the book titles shown below them.