I like pretty much EVERY teacher adore reading aloud to my class. I never get tired of introducing them to new information, topics, and characters! Plus, their excitement is completely precious! Something I do get tired of... my coveted collection of hardcover books being trashed. So, to keep my beloved collection safe, I keep all of my read aloud books separate from my classroom library.
Now before you scold me and tell me that books are meant to be read and shared with students and all that jazz....know that after I do share a book with my class it is placed on a special white book shelf. Students are welcomed to pick these books up and read them, however they aren't allowed in their personal book bags. This allows certain books to be showcased and shared with the whole classroom without their poor teacher crying over a destroyed book.
I've organized my read aloud books in these amazing multi-purpose bins from The Container Store. You can check them out HERE, I love that they're clear, sleek, and sturdy.
My read aloud bin collection includes: science, social studies, math, writing, poetry, reading, and character education. It's so much easier for me to find the book I need for a lesson this way. I'd really LOVE to organize the books in my reading bins by strategies...but I just haven't found a way that works for me yet.
If you have any ideas please share them with me! Do you keep your read aloud books separate? How do you stay organized in your classroom?
Thanks for reading and keep cool!