Create an inviting classroom library that encourages each student to read and get tips on how to build your classroom library.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Build Your Classroom Library
Valuable pointers on creating a dynamic, engaging classroom library.
Smart ways to increase the amount of books in your classroom library
Fostering a love of books begins with having books in your classroom library that will engage your readers. But how do you get these books? Here are 10 ways you can build a great classroom library without breaking the bank.
With the growing popularity of Kindles, Nooks, and iPads, I'm beginning to wonder whether or not I'm missing out on the digital world of ebooks. Up to this point, I've resisted the urge to invest in one of these devices. I still love the feeling of a real book in my hands; paper, glue, stitching, and all. But, there is a Web site that is beginning to spark my interest in digital books.
Watch a video about organizing your classroom library, plus get ideas for collecting books and download book labels.
Five easy steps to organizing your classroom library, plus four good bookkeeping rules
The other day I was at a restaurant. I only wanted an iced tea. That’s it. I wasn’t hungry for anything. The waitress brings me the iced tea and some chips and salsa for the table. Wouldn’t you know, I ate half the basket of chips even though I didn’t want them? Books are just like those chips: Kids will eat ’em up if you make them convenient. How do you make books convenient and appealing?
Get tips, ideas, and free downloadables to help you better organize your classroom library.
Four steps to create an organized classroom library that helps students self-select books and ultimately read more.
Scholastic teacher advisor Angela Bunyi has taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, and has updated her classroom library to fit each grade change. Learn how she does it in this blog post about revamping classroom libraries.
Turn your classroom library into a welcoming place to read with these tips from blogger Mary Blow.
Tips on organizing your classroom library space. An effective classroom library should support your literacy instruction, provide a comfortable place for students to talk about and interact with books, and be a central location for classroom resources.
Your classroom library will grow and develop over time. Keep these important functions in mind as you add to your collection.
Each type or genre of book provides a specific opportunity for you to help children learn about literacy. Consider including the following types of books in
Miller offers ten tips for turning a classroom library into a popular learning space. One should design an inviting reading space, including a soft couch or bean bag pillows.
Book Lists and Book Collections
Every teacher lights up with the possibilities involved in picking a favorite book, and without fail, they have a hard time narrowing the list down to one selection. Here is the world’s best classroom book list in the history of teaching to liven up your bookshelf!
By combining fiction and non-fiction book pairs on the same topics, you can bridge the gap between fiction readers and non-fiction readers, benefiting both by exposing them to a variety of different types of text. A classroom library filled with many sets of fiction/non-fiction pairs will entice all your students into the pleasure found in reading both non-fiction and fiction texts. Try some of the examples here.
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