Organizing Your Classroom Library


So, I know there are TONS of ways for your classroom library to be organized.   Some have their books all organized by levels...or by theme...and I will show you some ideas from friends and how they do it later on in this post.

But for me? I really had to think about this. I really wanted my library to be functional. And it's a different kind of function when you teach different grades. But for the most part, no matter if I've taught 3rd, 2nd, or (now) 1st, I've kept it the same pretty much the whole time.

I've decided to organize my library the same way a REAL library organizes.

Fiction books by authors and Nonfiction by "theme" (or rather they dewy decimal system, but I wasn't going to THAT extreme. lol).  I also pull out my monthly books and organize those by monthly bins.

I decided to do this for a few reasons.  Most importantly, because I use my books all the time. So I wanted to be able to find them easily, just like in a real library, by the author's last name.  And I know if they aren't where they are supposed to be, then they are in my monthly bins. I also did this so that the kids have consistency when trying to find books in my room and a library. So they learn to look for books by authors' names....or by nonfiction theme.

So, here is a look into my classroom library.

This is the "fiction" side...and to the right, you can see the foundation skills bins... like grammar and phonics...I also have my math literature books and my "fairy tales" type books over there. I had a really hard time deciding if I was going to do each "section" in its own color....like the fiction would be green and the foundation skills would be blue and the nonfiction green and my monthly blue. But, I didn't know if I would have enough bins for that, so I decided just to alternate colors all the way through. I'm happy with how it turned out!






Notice the stickers on the top? Wonder what are those are for??  Well, all of my books are leveled. Because when I taught 2nd and 3rd grade, we took A.R. quizzes, so I leveled all my books so my kids would know which level they were reading so they could take a quiz on it.  I also now have my books F & P leveled.



Check out {THIS} post to read more about how I level my classroom library.


Here's my nonfiction books - it doesn't look like I have a lot (or maybe it does??) but most of them are in my monthly bins for when I teach certain science/social studies standards, since I always teach those with certain themes.







What about student book baggie books that they take home to read on their level??

Wellllll... our school has lots of books that we use to send home. MOST of them are old series books, or some Reading A-Z books. But they are all leveled. and then I pull out the ones that fit my students' levels. I usually only bring out 4 levels at a time and either round up or down the kids to match the levels. I put little sticky notes on the front of the basket (I know...so hi-tech, right?!) of the level of books that are in those baskets and their student numbers on the one that they can choose from. I usually relevel the kids every month or so, so that keeps them moving. I also have a few bags (gallon size bags) of books for each level, so that helps when I need to change them out.


How do my kids borrow books from me?? Especially since I have kids in the {Chapter Book Club}.

Well, it's very simple, and on the honor system.  They use a stick with their number on it!
Yep - that simple. They keep the book as long as they like and return it before they can get a new one.


Read my post {HERE} on my borrowing system.

A lot of people ask me WHERE I got my book bins. Let me tell you. I LOVE them! They are so well made, and sturdy, and come in all kind of different colors. I even use them for other things.

Like my weekly planning bins....

and my group bins....


Check out {THIS} post to find out more about my library bins.


If you want any of these labels around my room, because my room is TOTALLY labeled, I LOVE it!

Check out my {Get Organized pack}!



Here are few different ways some friends organize their books!







And after I have shown you my hoarding side, I leave you with this little reminder....






3 comments

Derrick Neveu said...

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Shahid Ali khan said...

wow great idea to organizing classroom library. I will try this in My coaching classes

Regards
Shahid

Penelope Sanchez said...

I work every year rearranging my library. Do you have any ideas on how to quickly make the labels for the outside of the books to identify which container they will go in?

Penelope
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