Last week I posted about organizing my classroom library. Now it's time for how I organize the books when they are out of the classroom library and being read by students. Again, I struggled with this one for a few years too. Books in the desks get mashed, ripped and bent. Then I allowed students to have one book kept on top of the desk in the corner; those were always in the way. This also didn't give students the opportunity to read very many books. Then I tried book boxes, but they were cumbersome to store and difficult for students to take with them around the classroom or to other places. So, I tried bags. Books stay healthy, students can have several on hand to read, they can take them anywhere and they are easy to store. Solution to all of my previous problems. So, this is how I do it. I purchased these tote bags in packs at Walmart. I think they came 3 or 4 to a set. I have sets in brown tones and bright tones. The various colors make it easier for students to spot their bag. I took out all the pink ones because I numbered the bags and didn't want a boy to end up with a pink one if his number happened to match a pink bag. So each student, who has a class number, belongs to their corresponding bag. I'm lucky enough to have a few extra cubbies, and the bags store perfectly there. I've labeled each cubbie with the bag numbers that belong there.
Last year, I was in a different room and I tried the command hooks, but I needed to have ones that
This bit of organization has helped my student have access to books more often and has kept my books in good shape. How do you organize the books your students read or how do you see implementing these ideas? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!