|My Classroom Library|
I started by closing the library I already had in place and making sure I had all of my books. I then taped a piece of cardstock to the inside of the back cover of EVERY book and made a corresponding library card. This was probably the most time consuming part. It could have been easier if I had purchased the pre-made library cards and pockets, but that wasn't in the budget.
|Pocket in the back of the books|
Then I organized books into different categories. I am sure there are many different opinions on how to categorize them, so just do what makes sense to you. For the most part they are organized by series, so I have a basket for Magic Tree House, Clifford, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, etc. For the miscellaneous books I leveled them, so I have a 1st grade level up to 4th grade. Once I determined the categories, I made tags to stick to the basket the books belonged in. After I had them organized, I assigned a sticker to each series and placed that on the outside front cover and on the coordinating tag for the basket.
|Each basket has a tag and coordinating sticker to book.|
|My system to keep the cards organized.|
|They store their boxes here and have access to them all day.|
This system has dramatically increased the amount of reading happening in my classroom. Instead of them wasting time searching for a book they already have 5 waiting to go! I love it! The book bins keep the kiddos organized and my books in better shape.
I also find the book boxes extremely helpful when I do Daily 5- "Read to Self" or "Read to Someone". They are able to grab their book boxes and get started right away!
I LOVE my classroom library! I hope you do too!