When we get books from Bound to Stay Bound (that's where you get the "library" books that are all nice and don't fall apart - I always wondered) they send us the book jackets, but the books already have the picture printed on the cover. So we have lots of extra book jackets. You know I couldn't throw those away. I looked around on Pinterest to find some ideas of things to do with them, but didn't find anything!
I decided to just wait until I had an idea. Finally it occurred to me that I could glue them to the outside of pocket folders (get a bunch for a penny each at the beginning of the year) and then laminate them.
The kids get to choose one as a prize when they finish a reading challenge. THEN-they use their cool folder to keep track of future reading challenges, which is a huge bonus, AND they'r walking around advertising all of our new books all the time, so other kids come in asking for the book on so and so's folder.
I have tons of kids completing challenges-every single first grader finished the first one!
The folders are a huge hit and they didn't cost the library a thing. That is my favorite kind of victory.