As promised in my Classroom Reveal post last week, I am here to give you a closer look at my classroom library. This cozy little corner of my classroom is a favorite for all of us because it really feels like a home away from home. My students take great pride in their library. They are thrilled when they receive the job of classroom librarian because they get to spend a few extra minutes in this sanctuary at the end of the day.
Interested in creating a classroom library like this one? Here are a few tips for making this reading dream a reality.
LABEL YOUR BOOK BINS AND SHELVES
Organize books according to genre in brightly-colored book bins (for nonfiction texts and picture books) and on spacious shelves (for chapter books). Attach labels that include images and words so readers at every level and language proficiency can browse successfully.
LABEL EVERY BOOK
Label every book in your library with a full-color label that corresponds to the labels attached to your bins and shelves. Once again, students at all reading and language levels will be empowered. The days of misplaced books are long gone.
RESERVE SPACE FOR FEATURED BOOKS
Select books that correlate with current units of study and give them room to breath. When there are a few featured books with their covers proudly showing, kids can’t resist taking a closer look.
SPLURGE ON A COZY RUG
Traditional classroom rugs aren’t nearly as inviting as this little beauty. A rug you wouldn’t mind having in your own home is the ticket for making young readers feel at home. A comfortable reader is more likely to maintain focus or take risks.
ADD DECORATIVE TOUCHES
A few extras like plants, a leaf canopy, and fun wall décor emphasize how special this nook truly is. Kids appreciate these little touches…they will even invite their friends for an after school library tour…trust me.
TOP IT OFF WITH AN INVITING CHAIR
A fancy chair is the perfect tool for making read alouds special. Every student will long to curl up with their favorite book … perhaps you might want to reserve that privilege for special occasions or personal reading celebrations.
I would love to see these tips in action in your classroom. Snap a photo of your classroom library and tag me @coreinspiration on Instagram so I can take a peek.