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How Many Books Should a Classroom Library Have?

By Beth Newingham on June 28, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

Experts claim a classroom library should have at least 20 books per student, so a typical class of 28 students would have a classroom library of close to 600 books. In fact, I believe teachers really need more than 20 books per student to really match books to the many different readers in their classrooms.

Experts have discovered that even very young students can read for extended periods of time when they are matched with books that they can read with 95% or higher word accuracy rate, and they are more successful when reading books that interest them. This means your classroom library should have books at many different levels, and the books should represent many different genres, topics, and series.

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