From acquiring and leveling books to organizing your space, find creative ideas and teacher tips to create an inviting classroom library that encourages each student to read.
Creating an Effective Space for Your Classroom Library
Tips on organizing your classroom library space
PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
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.
Here are some tips on organizing your classroom library space:
- Allocate a space of at least 8x10 feet within your classroom for the library.
- Situate your library away from the central activities and traffic flow of the classroom.
- Plan the space so that students are shielded from visual distractions but so that you can view the area from nearly every location in the classroom.
- Create large display areas for posters, book reviews, book swap ads, and more.
- Have lots of comfortable reading spots to make it inviting!
- Make sure that all materials are easily accessible to students of all sizes.
- Include a small group table for guided reading and mini lessons.
- Have a teacher's read aloud chair in a central spot.
- Set up a book repair area with instructions on how to mend torn pages, remove marks in the books, cover frayed edges, or fix broken bindings.
Adapted from Your Classroom Library: New Ways to Give It More Teaching Power by D.R. Reutzel and P.C. Fawson.