How I Organize and Level My Classroom Library

My first year teaching, I think it took me half the school year to finally be satisfied with the way my classroom library was organized. I inherited an entire library of books from a retired teacher, but the books ranged from pre-school all the way to fourth grade. Needless to say, I felt overwhelmed and it took me a while to get through everything. This year, I decided to redo my library and go through every book and reorganize.

Close Up

We use Accelerated Reader for comprehension tests at my school. Over the years, I have written the AR level on the front cover of every book in my library. Since I have a superhero theme in my classroom this year, I created these Superhero Themed AR labels for the front of each book bin. I chose to list out the individual levels on each tag to make it easy for my first graders to take out and put away books at their specific reading level.

AR bookmark

Every student in my class has an assigned AR reading level. Each student has their own Superhero AR bookmark that they take with them when choosing a book from our classroom library. This makes it easy for students to match the level on the book bin to the level on their bookmark. I do update their bookmarks a few times a year as their reading level increases.

It is so much fun to watch my students light up when they find the perfect book to read. I would love to hear how you organize your libraries too!

Click on the links below to grab my AR labels and bookmarks in my TpT store:

Superhero Editable AR Labels

Superhero Editable AR Bookmarks

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Laurin