Each new school year, I come back into my classroom to a mountain of furniture, blank walls, and filled with that back-to-school nervous excitement. I arrange tables and chairs, put up some fresh bulletin boards, and then I get to do my favorite back-to-school task: organizing the classroom library. I purposely save this for last, because I could spend weeks doing this every year and nothing else would get done. I've been known to stop part way and start reading. I mean, am I supposed to not read the books?!
Last year I made some MAJOR changes to how I organized my library. All books are organized by genre or author instead of level. This has been life-changing! I kept a small bookshelf of leveled readers that I use during assessments or small groups, but otherwise my students choose books from our shelves just how you would at a real library. Minus the Dewey Decimal System, of course.
Here is this year's result after adding a few bins, a fancy spinning rack for series, and re-numbering books so it made more sense.
Teacher, reader, tea drinker, and dog mom.