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School transforms hallways with giant book murals

Students at a school in Illinois’ were treated to a new year surprise when they returned from winter break – giant, literary-themed murals lining the corridor of the school's English department.

The six book covers, which stretch from floor-to-ceiling, were printed on adhesive vinyl sheets and represent the favourite books of each of the departments’ English teachers.

The teachers hope that the murals will spark conversations about the books in the hallways and that students will feel immersed in the power of reading.

The school explained in a post on Facebook that a "routine hallway has been transformed into a giant motivational tableau to encourage reading".

Since posting the images of books such as “All American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and “Wuthering Heights” by Charlotte Bronte on social media, the school has received a flurry of positive feedback.

Other books include “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall; “Beartown” by Fredrik Backman; “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro; and “October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard” by Leslea Newman.

School spokesman Ron Girard was astonished at the positive reactions the murals have received from people all over the world. “I was amazed at the responses,” he said on Facebook. “Many comments are from teachers and administrators from all over the country wanting to copy the idea.”

The striking images also caught the attention of the author of one the featured books.

Jason Reynolds who, along with Kiely Brendan, wrote "All American Boys" shared the mural with his Twitter followers.