Organizing your classroom library

There are many ways to organize your classroom library.  You can organize it by guided reading level, genre, author, topic, etc.  I have always organized my classroom library into three sections: chapter books, picture books, and nonfiction books.  That works well for me, but not everyone's classroom library needs to look the same.

Today I'm going to share with you how one of my teacher friends (Mrs. Strauss) organized her classroom library.  Since our school has purchased many AR books, she decided to organize her books based on AR book levels.

Here are the steps you need to take:

1. Visit the official AR site and find the levels of each book. Write the levels on each book.  You can get fancy and make address labels, but my friend simply had her daughter write the level inside each book.

2. Buy some bookshelves (Walmart has $15 bookshelves).

3. Buys some bins (Dollar store!!)

4. Print the AR book bin labels (freebie below - click image to download PDF file).

Click image to download AR book bin labels. (Levels 2-7)

How do you organize your classroom library?