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My Ideal Bookshelf

My Ideal Bookshelf


My Ideal Bookshelf is all about the books that we choose to keep, as they can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. In My Ideal Bookshelf, dozens of leading cultural figures share the books that matter to them most; books that define their dreams and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way in the world.

Some of my contributor highlights include Christoph Niemann, Stefan Sagmeister, Alec Soth, Gina Trapani, Maira Kalman, Malcolm Gladwell, Oliver Jeffers, Paola Antonelli and John Maeda. See the full list of contributors here

The book includes dozens of colorful and beautifully hand-rendered images of book spines by Jane Mount.

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How would I use this book (or this idea) in my classroom?

  • An intro at the start of the year to get an idea of what my class had read.
  • As a character study for a main character in a text we studied in class (what would the character’s bookshelf look like)
  • As a piece of critical analysis along the lines of “if you could only take 8 books to a desert island…”
  • As a group activity where students had to campaign for which books should be on the shelf.
  • Best books we’ve read all year; from childhood; written by New Zealand Authors etc

I love this – I think it makes a great statement about literature.  I dare you to create a similar stop start animation as the assessment!