Literacy and Laughter is having a Classroom Library Linky Party! I gave my classroom library a HUGE makeover last summer so I am THRILLED to show it to you. I love having a classroom with bright colors so I did a lot of shopping around to find durable, affordable, colorful boxes in a variety of sizes. Most books in my library are located right in our classroom circle area. Each student has a book bin. These are lined up in the windowsill and numbered for student reference (I like using numbers instead of names so I don’t have to change the labels on them each year.)
The best part of my library is that I almost never have to touch any of the books. I wait a few weeks in the fall before I explain how the library is organized, and I only give permission to access a few boxes of books in the library. During this time, I do a lot of training on how to treat books, where to place books after reading them, all sorts of important stuff! I place a sticker on each book that matches the picture displayed on each box label (no words, just a picture) so students know exactly where to place the book when they are finished. This has been invaluable!
Label the bins AND the library books for easy organization
All of my leveled books are kept on one shelf. This is also the shelf I use to display seasonal or themed books that relate to an area of instruction (apples, spring, planets, etc.) Some of these boxes are permanent on the shelf (such as leveled books and the very popular money and planets books). Seasonal book boxes are changed periodically throughout the year.
|Leveled Readers and Seasonal Books|
The adjoining shelf in my library area displays books by some of our favorite authors (Eric Carle, Kevin Henkes, David Shannon, and so many others). I like my students to realize that the authors of their favorite books are real people, so I include a photo of the author on the labels for the boxes and corresponding books.
|The student reading area is located behind the leveled bookshelf. I use the bookshelf here to store boxes that are not in season at the moment. It’s a perfect, out-of-the way storage area for these items.|
As you can see the quilt I use for reading matches the colors of the book bins.
Reading Area and Extra Storage
One more thing! Did you notice the duct tape on my carpet? I use it to assign seats during circle time. I have five colors in rainbow order (pink, orange, yellow, green, and teal). It coordinates perfectly with my brightly colored baskets and helps so much with classroom management during circle time.
UPDATE: Since writing this post I have given a MEGA update to my classroom library. It now looks like this. You can see more photos and take a tour of my new library in this blog post.
I have also found AMAZING new resources to help teachers level their classroom reading materials. Check out this blog post to learn more.
Once those books are leveled, they need to be labeled for easy organization. My Classroom Library Labels set on TpT has everything you need to label your classroom library from top to bottom!