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Please share how you organize your classroom library.

I'm debating between keeping mine about the same or switching to only leveled baskets.

Right now, all of my chapter books are grouped by series. Most of my picture books (trade books) are grouped by genre in the big colored baskets. I also have small picture books (from old basals) that are grouped by reading level.

Slowly, over the year, I've catalogued my trade books and chapter books on librarything and tagged the books with guided reading levels. https://www.librarything.com/catalog/Mrs.Nclass
I plan to stick a reading level label on the front of each book, but keep them in their current groups (genre/series).

What do you think?


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I teach fourth grade.

I organize my library by genre, and I do have about 15 baskets that are organized by author or series. I do not believe in leveling my library, as kids tend to only go to the books at their level rather than learning how to choose good fit books on their own.
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A bit of a mixed bag...some by genre, some by author, some by series, non-fiction is sorted into groups like "reptiles, insects, weather, animals" etc).

I personally would avoid levels too. I think the kids get overly focused on that and stop looking for books that interest them. Good luck!
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Hmmm, I'm leaning towards keeping the books in the genre/series baskets, but still sticking the reading level sticker on the back cover (instead of front) as a reference. I'm trying to achieve somewhat of a balance.
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I think it also does depend on the grade you teach. I teach grade 3/4 so the bulk of my class can read novels, at least beginner novels, so they don't really need the reference of a level. For younger kids, choosing a book they like and then checking for a level might make it quicker to find something you like and will be able to comprehend.


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I read a blog about simplifying your classroom library and it stuck with me.
My book buckets are labelled according to genres. Ex. Mystery is labelled number 1, non-fiction 2 etc. I discussed genres with my class and handed out stacks of books which they sorted. Stickers with book bucket numbers were added to the books. This makes easy sorting and also makes adding books easy. When we get new books, the class discusses which genre the book fits into...fantasy? bucket 4, animal fiction? bucket 3. It's quick and easy.
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Here are the genre labels that I use on my baskets:
http://www.cfclassroom.com/2011/07/f...sroom.html?m=1

These are the genre posters that I post near my book shelves:
http://www.mrsgoldsclass.com/Genres.htm
I use the same codes on the poster as on stickers on the books. Ex: SF for Science Fiction.
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