Happy Thursday, friends! Today marks the third week of our Reading in the Wild summer book study and we’re talking all about our classroom libraries! If you are just joining us and missed the first week (Wild Readers Dedicate Time to Read), second week (Creating a Workshop Schedule that Works for You), or third week (Building an Excitement for Reading) make sure to check them out!
board above the bookcase showcases genre posters that we reviewed the first week of school and referred to throughout the year as we read together and recommended books to one another. The posters acted as a visual reminder to students about the different categories of the books they should be reading throughout the year (based on The Book Whisperer), working our way to 40 books by May. On the far right you see running list of ‘Words to Know’ that we incorporated in our units. Through the year, I switched out the words so students had a “game plan” of what was to come!
writing on the side of my filing cabinet! No, I did not defile school property,
but I did cover the side in black butcher paper and purchased a silver sharpie and added a magnet to the cap.
This was our classroom’s “Favorite Book Quotes” area. As students enjoyed their books, they searched for the ‘just perfect’ quote to include on
the board. After finishing The One and Only Ivan, I added this thought.
graders do not go to library as a part of their specials schedule, it is SO important
that my library appeals to all of my readers. So, I wanted to make sure I have
different books on display. I picked up a magazine display from Staples, and
then, two plate holders from Hobby Lobby! The two picture frames that you see
were one of my spray paint projects a few weeks ago. We also use student-written book blurbs and monthly book displays to add interest to our reading area!
Lastly, I place my REALLY low books (Horrible Harry, Clementine Nancy Drew Clue Crew, Magic School Bus chapter books) in the bottom drawer of my black file cabinet. From there, I added containers to the bottom shelves of my fiction and nonfiction shelves for students to pick from. My students who read at grade-level or above never really paid attention to these books (although they were welcome to pick them up for a quick, fun read), but my below-grade level readers were able to pick books from the shelves just like everyone else!
And when you put it
altogether you get a nice little reading space. I would have loved to add a chair and other ‘warm
fuzzy’ items, but with limited space that was not in the cards this
year. Although there are no ‘extras’ my students have a well organized and appealing library
from which to choose! Hopefully, this will begin our adventure of reading 40 books by May!
For all my intermediate friends, you can find the labels I used here. Also, a sweet friend
requested a set of labels for Primary Land, so I whipped these out. I took out
the cursive ‘nonfiction’ ‘fiction’ section of each label and added more topics/categories.
There are over 55 labels in this pack, and I am always happy to edit/add labels
if you need them!
So, friends, how do you organize your classroom library? Work works for you or what does your school expect? I always love looking at pictures of classroom libraries, so please do share! 🙂