DIY Book Hospital

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. I spent yesterday doing pretty much nothing, and it was glorious. Today I’ll be doing a bit more running around between church, helping out with the children’s musical, and choir practice, but it should be a great day. 🙂

Last week I posted about how to organize your classroom library. If you missed it, I definitely think it’s a post worth checking out.

Organizing a Classrom Library

I must have books on the brain because today’s post also deals with books. On Friday, a sub didn’t show up, so I got to spend the whole day in 2nd grade, and it was so much fun. I think I like second grade (almost) as much as first grade.

The teacher’s room I was in was clearly very organized and creative, and I saw the cutest thing in her library area: a book hospital! It was basically a box that said “book hospital” where students could put any books that needed to be repaired. How smart! So, this weekend, I decided to make my own book hospital.

Here’s what I did:

First, I got my supplies: an old box, tape, scissors, x-acto knife, scrapbook paper, and my cute sign.

Book Hospital Supplies

Next, I cut a slit in the top so the books would be able to fit in.

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Then, I covered the box with scrapbook paper to make it look a little more appealing.

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Last, I added my cute little sign!

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Now it’s all ready for any sick books!

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Click the picture below to download the sign for free. It comes in a b&w and white background version as well.

Book Hospital Sign Freebie

I’m linking up with 2nd Grade Pad’s Take it and Make it Thursdays. For more great DIY projects, click the picture below.

I hope this was helpful! Have a great week. 🙂

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Martha from Primary Paradise

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I have always had a passion for teaching and sharing with others and look forward to sharing my ideas with you!


  • Elisabeth
    March 17, 2013 6:42 am

    Love this idea! 🙂

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      March 17, 2013 7:35 am

      Thanks! It’s seriously SO easy. Now they’ll know right where to put those books that need a little help. 🙂

  • Cara
    March 20, 2013 10:06 pm

    I also use a book hospital. Mine is much larger though. I like how yours is smaller it doesn’t leave much room for books which means you have to fix them quickly in order to make room for others. The books in my book hospital have probably been there for over a year! :0( (Because really that is one of the last things on my mind and I keep saying over the summer I will get to it! Thanks for sharing! Super cute sign!

    Kindergarten Boom Boom

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      March 21, 2013 7:04 am

      Thanks Cara! I purposely made this one small for the exact same reason. I know that it’s not a priority, and I didn’t want them sitting there for forever, especially because my well loved books are normally favorites of my students. 🙂

  • Sandra Wideman
    March 23, 2013 7:38 pm

    Cute Idea! I have been wanting to make a book hospital all year and I keep putting it off. I found your blog through the 2nd Grade Pad Linky. I am your newest follower.

    Classroom Companion

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