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
|Leveled Readers and Seasonal 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
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!