Monday, June 11, 2012

Book Organization for Special Books

I have lots of books in my library, lots.  I've spent hours analyzing Scholastic book orders to figure out what to spend my points on, and may or may not have taken my grandmother to Goodwill to buy books with me to get the senior citizen discount on more than one occasion. :) My library looks like this.  It's my pride and joy.  I figure the best way to get a child to fall in love with reading is to have lots of books available for them to read.  :)

However, even though I love putting as many books as possible in the hands of my students, there are some books I consider special, and I keep out of my library. 
I have two of the plastic file folder tubs above that I fill with my "special" books.  I put all of my seasonal books in gallon sized Ziploc bags inside one of the tubs, along with all my grammar/writing conventions books.  I keep books for lessons throughout the year, such as 9/11, Constitution Day, and the books I use for my first week of school that are oversized and don't fit in baggies in another.  
However, when fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah,  and Easter roll around, I do keep those seasonal books out for a little awhile, but it's easier to put them back in their special tub when the season is over, so I know right where they are for next year, rather than digging in all my book bins or asking, "Has anybody seen _____?"  

I keep my scared book bins in one of my closets, they're easily accessible for me, and easy to find!
I love this system, because it keeps my special books I need safe, and I know right where to find them.  For example, when I review nouns, I know exactly where Chicken in the City is, it's in the grammar baggie in my special book bin! :)

Thank you so much for the sweet birthday messages! I had a wonderful day with my family and sweet husband.  We went to my favorite cooking store, Penzeys, and to my favorite local pizza place.  It was a perfect day! It got even better when we drove by our lot, and saw this!

The rough framing of our house is almost finished! It rained today, so our crew didn't work, but fingers crossed that the framing is finished this week, so we can get a roof soon! :) That way the rain can't prevent work from happening, our projected closing date is already too close to the start of school!

Also, the blog resign process has began! So, so, so excited to share the final product with you! :)


  1. Oh, I should totally take my mom to Goodwill. :) Congrats on the house progress.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. It takes me forever to order books from Scholastic! I try to get the best deal possible! Your house looks great so far!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  3. This is a great system. Thanks for sharing. I love watching the progression of houses. Please continue to give us updates :)


    Fun in Room 4B

  4. I have no idea how I missed your blog! I am your newest follower! I can't wait to explore!
    Mel D
    Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

  5. I go to Good Will ALL THE TIME for books. I get a discount with my old college student ID :) If I go at a certain time, this one VERY nice lady charges me only 39cents for ANY book. It's marvelous. HaHa :) I also keep certain books on my top shelf out of reach. I let students read them though, but they have to "earn" the right to read my special books. It motivates my "I don't like reading" kids, because they just want to be able to pick a special book. It also helps my behavior kids stay on track. I love using books as an incentive! :)

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  6. Awesome idea for special books!! I've been wondering what to do with those... :)


    The Quirky Apple

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