I mention on a post lately how I spent a lot of time organizing my classroom library. This post will share with you some of the things that have worked. I would love to hear from anyone to add ideas. I have a lot of books in my room. I do put some away but I don't have a lot of storage space. I am trying to clean like crazy before vacation on Friday! I have a busy class that does not like to clean, which makes this challenging!!
I put all of my books on Library Things it's a site that has a data base for all your books. A lifetime membership was twenty dollars. I used to tag my books for teaching reason. I have not tagged in years but I do update this list when I add books to my classroom. I also have it posted on my classroom blog which gives kids the option of looking up a book they may want to read.
|You can download book list below|
This is my nonfiction shelf and math books at the bottom. You can see that I used the ice cubes trays here too!! This shelf is not in abc order.
|These are author buckets in ABC order. I have the author's name on the corner of the book.|
|The theme buckets start with A and stay in abc order until I hit the nonfiction shelf.|
|For themes and authors that I have a ton of I use these buckets from IKEA. Ikea has the best buckets for everything!!!! Great prices too.|
|This is an example of the labels I use for the big buckets and author labels too.|
|I try to pull books I know I am going to use for mini lessons|
|I went to a workshop years ago by Ellen Thompson she shared how to make these flower boxes to store books on the top of your shelves. I went crazy and made a ton one summer! I go back and forth, now I am back to putting books in buckets. If your interested in making them click HERE.|
|Just to show what it looks like on the top of the shelf. She also had directions to make one long one which is the size of the two above.|
Long List for Library.cwk (DR) Book List Two ABC.cwk (DR)