I am still in the process of setting up my classroom for this school year, but I've been doing some major "renovations" in my library. I'm very excited! My books are organized by genre and level, so I have actually have six library areas in my classroom, which really helps with the traffic jams that used to happen when I had all of my books in one area. The six library areas include the following types of books: Fiction, Nonfiction, Browsing Books, Early Readers, Fun Favorites, and mixed Leveled Texts. Some day, I dream of getting the colored baskets from Really Good Stuff. Since I'm not ready to invest in those beauties yet, I painted my fiction and nonfiction baskets (from Dollar General) with Krylon Fusion spray paint for plastics. They aren't perfect, but they do the job. Since I haven't painted my other baskets, the labels have the color-coding around the label. Here are some photos...
Nonfiction(Green) and Fun Favorites(white baskets with red border on labels)
along with student book boxes.
Mixed Leveled Fiction
Most of my books have three labels on them (I need to buy stock in Avery). The front lower right corner has my name, and the front top corner has a color-coded Guided Reading Level Label (unless the book isn't leveled). The back top right corner has a label that matches the label on the front of the book bin so the students can easily figure out where each book goes. Here is a close-up of my books (this one doesn't have a guided reading level sticker on the front).
My students check out one book at a time at the beginning of the year and we work up to checking out more books as the year goes on. Last year, I had my students use clothespins with their class number on them to check out books. They simply put their clothespin on the front label of the basket their book was checked out of. When they did not have a book checked out, their clothespin would be clipped to their book box. This worked well, but now that I have the labels on the backs of the books that match the basket label, I'm hoping my kiddos won't need clothespins to remember where their books go.
Okay, here are some freebies for you...just click the pics to download from google docs.
Book Bin Labels with color-coding for genre.
Book Bin Labels for Leveled Texts...Just put a matching color and letter label on the front corner of your books.
This is the leveling chart I use to keep track of my students' guided reading levels. If they have trouble finding a just right book on their own, I can easily remind them to just get a book out of their leveled book basket.
Phew! That was a lot! Thanks for visiting my class library! Looking forward to seeing all of yours at the linky party!