Confession time: My classroom library has always been an entity in my classroom, make that an unused entity in my classroom. After reading The Daily 5 by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser, I decided it was past time for this to change. The million dollar question was were to begin? So I visited The Daily Cafe where I found a video about organizing your classroom library. It clicked, made total sense.
At that time my library was a sad attempt at organizing books according to AR levels. This organization or lack thereof lead to major frustration on my part, because the books where never were they were supposed to be. Since no one including myself knew where they were supposed to be, this was not a surprising issue.
I began making the change by visiting my local dollar store and purchasing plastic baskets. Then I spent 4 hours sorting out my books by author, topic, or genre and created categories. Some sample categories that I created are Magic Treehouse, Sports, and Beverly Cleary. I labeled the baskets and matching books with a number and sorted them into their proper place.
This all done, my goal is for my library to be the focus entity in my classroom not the unused entity.