Saturday, July 13, 2013

Organizing Your Classroom Library...

Whenever I think about organizing my classroom library...I cringe, I shudder, and I break out into a sweat.  (I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in that!)  We teachers have SO many books that we like to make available to our kiddos, but organizing and keeping track of those books can seem like a daunting task.  I'm always on the hunt for new organization tips and tricks, so I'm linking up with Fun in Room 4B and Ladybug's Teacher Files to share what I plan on doing in my library.

 Here is a shot of what my library looked like last year.  I kept this area as simple as I could, in hope that it would help keep it organized! My little monsters did pretty well, although I did have a classroom librarian, who was in charge of keeping the library in order at the end of each day.

I wish I had a close up of my labels, but they stated the genre of books and weather or not they were considered informational or literature.  On the back of each book in my library was a label sticker that matched the bin it belonged in.  Also, I used those circular garage sale stickers to identify the reading level of each book. (Again, sorry for not having a picture)  I do not organize my books by reading level.  I like my students to shop for books as they would in a library, practicing identifying what genres they enjoy reading, and then checking to make sure it's a 'good-fit book'. 

This summer I decided to spruce up my library bins with a nice clean look! I used these adorable gray labels from Elementary Organization and am happy with the results!   I plan on printing them on cardstock and laminating first.  Originally, I had thought  I would adhere them to my using Velcro tape, however after reading Ladybug's great post about hot glue I'm rethinking my process.  :)
If you'd like to purchase these book labels, head over to my TPT store by clicking on either image and check them out.  There are 118 labels in the pack, so there should be plenty of choices for everyone!


  1. I also use the garage sale stickers to organize my library. I need to spruce up my labels, too!

  2. The labels look great. I am sure your kiddos are going to dive right in. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. Alright now I have to ask you where did your library shelves come from? I want new ones and am looking for the best options?


  4. I read someone's blog this week that had your picture of what they want to do for their reading corner this year. Exciting! I wish I could remember where I saw it. I've read so many!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. Your library is seriously adorable! I cant' even handle it. :) How do you keep it so cute all year? My little darlings would wreck it within the first month. :)

    Caffeine and Lesson Plans

  6. I saw this picture of your library all over Pinterest! LOVE it! (:

    Britney (Your NEWest Follower)
    Tailor-made Teaching

  7. These labels look great! I love your inviting :) Thanks for linking up with us!
    Fun in Room 4B